Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear
I don't believe it is the companies.
In Australia and NZ it is blatant price gouging as revealed in the Parliamentary inquiry. The article explains this. Australia has no import duty for items under $1000 and for software there is no import duty on software regardless of value. There may be a 10% GST (goods and services tax). Add it all up taking into account exchange rates and the gouging gap is very significant. These companies apply regional protection which facilitates the gouging.
As far as tariffs go, Australia has a free trade agreement with the USA. So there are no tariffs and a free trade agreement makes gouging more disgraceful.
When I buy Photoshop plugins from the likes of Topaz Labs there is no gouging.
Mind you other countries get slugged as well to various extents (eg. UK).
For business MS and Adobe have virtually no competition. The business takeup of linux, LibreOffice, GIMP (for prof photographers) is really quite small.