US Tech Giants Face Pricing Questions in Australia

From TechNewsWorld:  Apple, Microsoft and Adobe have been summoned by the Australian Parliament to explain why pricing of their products is higher in Australia than elsewhere, according to TechCrunch.

The tech trio was called by the House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, which is overseeing an inquiry into why hardware and software ranging from e-books and music to computer games and consoles are pricier Down Under than in the U.S., UK and Asia. Prices of such products can be roughly 60 percent higher in Australia than in the U.S.

The inquiry officially started in May 2012, but there were rumblings as early as the summer of 2011 that Aussies were getting hosed on prices.

Last summer, Apple reportedly blamed Australian taxes, warranties and copyright holders for its price hikes.

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