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Why are UK prices nearly double US prices?

Why are there such large price differences between the UK and the US?

Value Added Tax is added to products in the UK at 17.5%, but the US price shown in this example with VAT added would still be only US$811.

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  • I’m confused
    Denmark Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection : $4219
    US Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection : $2599
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  • As a student I was able to buy Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium with 80% discount. So Adobe Customer Service via Chat told me that I can have it for £333 where in US Adobe on-line shop offer the same software for £279. Hmmm... for me a student whose sole income is a student loan £450/ month the £54 makes a huge difference so I said to the nice lady who offered Adobe support and other fancy (useless stuff) NO WAY. I started digging in the internet and "Uncle Google" gave ma the salvation! In few minutes I found reseller "software4students" and after few days I had boxed Creative Suite on my desk for £279. After that still with fancy, and I must say good support, for existing customers if you know what I mean. So people don't hesitate to use Google.
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  • Hi Patrick,

    Thank you for your comments.

    Adobe decides the price at which it sells its product on the Adobe Store. A number of factors influence our regional pricing including local market conditions and the cost of doing business in that region. Please note that resellers are free to decide at which price they sell Adobe products, which can be less than the price on the Adobe Store.
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    Yes, downloads are so much more expensive to host in the UK, aren't they? Come on, there's no way anything in the UK justifies such a price hike. 'Local market conditions' seems to translate as 'what you can get away with'.
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    I live / work in Belgium and this is not good, not good!
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    Hey Bing,

    Thanks for the response mate! Yes sure its 3 years since the thread was started, but the important thing is that we know that Adobe care. Deeply.

    Can you tell us what the 'number of factors' are, as from a cursory glance it seems a little bit like an enigma wrapped in lie inside a corporate nonsense bubble.
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  • Hi Pete,

    We establish our prices for Creative Suite products in U.S. dollars, Euros, Yen, British Pound and Australian dollars on a regional basis using a consistent methodology. Local market conditions significantly influence our pricing – these include the costs of doing business in different regions and customer research that assesses the value of the product in the local market.

    We conduct the majority of our business through our retail and licensing channels. We depend on our retail partners in local markets to help us reach as many customers as possible, support those customers, and much more.

    As stated, the cost of doing business in the rest of the world is higher than in North America. That higher cost is reflected in some of our pricing and would remain no matter how customers chose to purchase. For example, customers will still read about our products through local press to whom we reach out; they will meet local Adobe sales people who conduct seminars, participate in user groups, and visit large customers; and they will rely on support resources that Adobe makes available in these markets. All of these efforts impact the business costs of securing the sale, whether that sale is delivered online or in a box.
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  • A simple question: if I buy a US upgrade version to cs5.5 from cs4 will it work / register / be legal in the uk?
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  • I don't think they'd legally be allowed to stop you as much as they'd prefer to rip you off. I mean if you bought a copy in the us and moved to the uk they hardly be allowed to say, no you can't use it over there even thought you've bought it legitimately. It no wonder people just use pirated adobe software and you'd be less of a crook for going down that route than Adobe are for fleecing their non US customers. Disgraceful behaviour but expect no less from Apple. It's funny how other US software developers don't con their non US customers in the same way isn't it? The above nonsense statement can be replaced by we charge you what we like because we can. Uk customers google Photoshop cheapest price and buy a us copy to avoid the con. Peace!
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