16 September 2013
iPhone 5s price - The Aussie rip off
You want to get the NEW iPhone 5S, but what does it cost?
Well if you are in the United States of America, you will pay:
US $199 for the iPhone 5S (16GB)
US $299 for the iPhone 5S (32GB)
Which is fine and dandy if you're in Uncle Sam's land, BUT
If you live in Terra Australis, expect to pay
AU $869 for the iPhone 5S (16GB)
AU $999 for the iPhone 5S (32GB)
or 4.3 times the amount Yankees pay for 16GB model or 3.3 times more for the 32GB model.
One might wish to purchase the lego toy looking iPhone 5C, if one affluent Aussie is unable to purchase its big brother the 5S, but a what cost?
In the United States the 5C sells for:
US $99 for the iPhone 5C (16GB)
US $199 for the iPhone 5C (32GB)
While the Aussie market gets ripped of to the tune of
AU $739 for the iPhone 5C (16GB)
AU $869 for the iPhone 5C (32GB)
or 7.4 times the amount Yankees pay for 16GB model or 4.3 times more for the 32GB model.
For the record the exchange rate for today is 1AUD = 0.93USD
One could also excuse corpau for being on a conspiracy binge for comparing the two markets.
Naturally, the industrialists will have a logical explanation for this like, for example Global Warming, or the frequency of polar bear flatulence multiplied by pi.
All this is happening while the phones are made in third world countries with slave labour in hand, lovely!