Why are UK prices nearly double US prices?

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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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Paul Annett

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Posted 6 years ago

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Tim Van Damme

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I have the same problem. Even worse, I live in Belgium (see ratio above).
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yeh...the prices in Belgium are also imaginary
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lensco

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At the risk of sounding like an internet troll: this is just ridiculous.
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There's absolutely no excuse. Instead of buying it here in the UK, I reckon I might fly to New York, have a nice little weekend away, buy CS4, and come home with change to spare!
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And they wonder why people download their software illegally?!
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I don't want to sound like a Sun reader, but Rip Off Britain strikes again...
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Cennydd Bowles

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I was actually tempted to buy CS3 a little while back when I had some spare cash. At US prices, I would have gone for it. At UK prices, not on your life.
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I agree, It's very unfair. I feel at such a disadvantage because I cannot afford the UK version.
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It's truly ridiculous! - Last year I bought a new Macbook Pro and Adobe CS3. The software cost me more money than the Macbook that I bought to run it on! The upgrade path to CS4 isn't much better being the best part of £700 I believe!

The problem is, now Adobe has bought up the Macromedia products (without adding much value as far as I can see) they have us over a barrel!!

Come on Adobe you can do better than that!
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Absolutely disgusting
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Waiting for an answer for Adobe then...
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Dan Donald

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I've not upgraded for ages and would really like to be able to justify it. It's a hell of a lot of money for essentially small improvements. Make it the same price as US customers and I wouldn't need to think too hard about it!
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Adobe would probably argue that the UK market is smaller, but in this global economy I think that's a poor excuse. I agree that Adobe can do much, much better.
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Let's all spend a WE in NYC. This is crazy!
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Roger Herbert

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I'm still sitting on CS1 for this very reason.

I've migrated a lot of my expensive dev apps to indie software that's often a tenth of the price, and far leaner, faster and better integrated with my OS.
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Can't wait to see what Adobe have to say...
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Can't us UK folk get some nice US folk to buy us a boxed version and then ship it over (digitally or otherwise)?
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Hi all, well I solved it by thinking sideways - I now use Adobe Elements 6 for mac & Coda. Saved me a fortune & I don't miss anything that Dreamweaver 8. & Adobe Photoshop 6 had (ok, I did miss Mask Layers - but thanks to a Free mod for PSE 6 I now have those back too. Seems like it's badge snobbery almost - its cool to have Photoshop CS whatever & Dreamweaver
too - but you don't need the most expensive tools to do the job. For instance : how come the cheapest car isn't the best selling one? - easy! Coz it's not the coolest or the one people want to be seen in. Keep thinking Sideways!
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Very unimpressed... I won't be upgrading this year due to their ripping off of us folk in Europe!
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Paul Boag

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I would like to add my voice to this. I find this is typical of a lot of US companies (yes I am looking at you Apple)
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Dragan Babic

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This is very very frustrating. I join the protest.
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boxman

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Ok, so "Nice Paul reported this problem 15 days ago", "17 people have this problem" and supposedly "9 Adobe employees are ready to listen and respond."

How come there's no response? Anyone get the feeling we're getting the cold shoulder here?
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Yes! You tell em Jammers!
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So Am I allowed by license to buy an american copy from amazon?
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the very reason I'm not bothering with an upgrade to CS4... I'll make do with CS3 thanks.
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Same for Poland. I was thinking about buying Lightroom and Audition but there's no way I'm going to pay that much penalty just for not living in the US. And that's even for a web download delivery method - oh come on, what's wrong with these people! If they don't want the same money as for US folks from me, they won't get any. Simple as that.
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I live in Finland and I would understand higher price if I would buy localized boxed copy from a store, but don't get it how the basic digital english version can cost me more than an American.