Originally Posted by sisu
Bah nothing will come of it, we really don't pay that much more for stuff in Australia since the advent of the internet.
I disagree (except for the "nothing will come of it part"). We pay over the odds for an insane amount of stuff, IMHO. Video games are $49 in the US and $79 here. Even from Steam. A new paperback books is $20-$30 here, or $9-$15 overseas (or from Book Depository, who manage to be half the price and include free shipping in the process). A pair of Levis is $90+ here (last time I checked), or $30 in the US. Most food is cheaper IME in the US and UK. Cameras and electronics are cheaper overseas for the most part IME too.
Mobile phones are amongst the few things I don't
think we're getting shafted on price-wise, to be honest.
However, I don't think anything will come of the enquiry. Apple and Microsoft et al
will come up with some hand-wavy bullshit that amounts to "QQ Moar, Noobs" and the Government will say "Alright, carry on then" and nothing will change.
What really annoys me is that we're supposed to have a Free Trade Agreement with the US, yet you wouldn't know it from the price disparity or the number of US online retailers that won't ship to Australia at all.