Topics:  microsoft, national inquiry, price discrimination, software, tech

Why do Aussies pay more for tech?

There are countless examples of electronic goods, software and entertainment products that cost more in Australia than overseas.
There are countless examples of electronic goods, software and entertainment products that cost more in Australia than overseas. Jason Dougherty

A NATIONAL inquiry is beginning today into accusations that the international IT industry is ripping off Australian consumers.

The industry blames the cost of doing business in Australia, but consumer advocates reject that.

A House of Representatives inquiry is holding its first public hearing into the issue in Sydney today.

There are countless examples of electronic goods, software and entertainment products that cost more in Australia than overseas.

For example, an Arctic Monkeys album costs $17.99 on iTunes in Australia, but according to the Federal Department of Communications, it costs the equivalent of about $13 overseas.

Read more at ABC news online.



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