Items tagged with Pricing

If you live in the United States, chances are that you don't think much about the prices other people pay for US products. Everyone is generally aware of the exchange rate, so it's logical to assume that a game, PC, or other product costs the same here as it does in England or Australia, save for shipping costs and taxes. It might surprise you, therefore, to learn that companies like Microsoft and Adobe make huge profits off foreign customers by drastically inflating prices well beyond their US equivalents. Sixty years ago, there was some logic as to why a product made in America would cost more in Australia than here, and the Australian dollar, historically, was much weaker than the United States'... Read more...
T-Mobile has a major press event scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and if you wanted a clue at what the carrier may be revealing, take a look at this. The so-called "UNcarrier" has revealed some new pricing plans early, and they're actually fairly compelling coming from a postpaid network operator. The company, which is set to merge with MetroPCS in the coming months, has been on a rampage of late, attempting to boast about its lack of restrictions and competitive pricing compared to the likes of AT&T. Humorously, T-Mobile and AT&T were set to merge as well not too long ago, but since that didn't go through, the rivalry is obviously back in high gear. It looks as if T-Mobile is going... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft unveiled its upcoming Surface tablet but kept the pricing details under wraps, speculation about the final price tags for the devices has been rampant. However, there’s been precious little in the way of clues, save for some rumors that at least one model of the Surface will hit the sub-$200 price point. In an interview with the Seattle Times, however, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer dropped some clues as to the tablets’ pricing. Here’s the bit where he responds to a question about whether the Surface will compete against the iPad on price or features: We haven't announced pricing. I think we have a very competitive product from the features perspective...I... Read more...
It’s the morning after throngs of people pre-ordered Apple’s new third-generation iPad (some models are apparently already temporarily sold out), and for those who made the purchase in a euphoric swoon, the dopamine fog is lifting and the reality is setting in that there’s a price tag for that blazing fast 4G LTE. In the U.S., the cheapest plan is 250MB per month from AT&T for $14.99; Verizon’s least expensive plan is $20 per month for 1GB. On the high end, $50 per month gets you 5GB with either carrier. The good news is that you don’t need a contract to get the service, and you can sign up (or upgrade or cancel service) right from the device without having to... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped, Windows-based counterparts. From notebooks to desktops and pretty much anywhere in-between, many... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped, Windows-based counterparts. From notebooks to desktops and pretty much anywhere... Read more...
On April 7th, iTunes went 100% DRM-free, but at the same time Apple introduced tiered pricing. And therein lies the crux of this new lawsuit against Apple. Daniel and Barbara Owens of Illinois have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple. The couple has purchased "numerous" iTunes gift cards over the years, but in this case the gift cards were bought on March 1 from Sam's Club and on May 19 from Wal-Mart. Here's what the lawsuit says, in part: The above-mentioned 99¢ iTunes cards that were purchased on March 1, 2008 from a Sam’s Club in O’Fallon, Illinois both state: “Download $25 worth of entertainment to enjoy your Mac or Windows PC. And, of course, your iPod. Songs are 99¢ and... Read more...
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR LUMIX DMC-G1, THE WORLD’S FIRST MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM CAMERA Secaucus, NJ – Panasonic today announced pricing for the world’s first Micro Four Thirds System camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1 – available in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $799.95, which includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. kit lens. Also available in November, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto Micro Four Thirds lens has a suggested retail price of $349.95. The LUMIX G1, available in black, blue and red models, is the first interchangeable lens camera to offer consumers a choice of colors. Weighing about half as much as a standard digital single-lens... Read more...
Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken it upon ourselves to address some of the rumors and issues below...1) Rumor: AT&T will charge iPhone 3G customers more than it charges other AT&T non-iPhone customers.False: AT&T offers four different individual calling plans for its phones, and the same rates and features apply to all of them, whether they are iPhones or not. The only difference... Read more...
Apple has been on the hotseat in Europe because of different pricing between the U.K. store and the rest of Europe.  Today, it announced changes, but it also gave U.K. music labels a warning.Apple today announced that within six months it will lower the prices it charges for music on its UK iTunes Store to match the already standardized pricing on iTunes across Europe in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. Apple currently must pay some record labels more to distribute their music in the UK than it pays them to distribute the same music elsewhere in Europe. Apple will reconsider... Read more...
There hasn't been much love lost between NBC Universal and Apple, especially in the wake of the PR battle that recently took place when NBC announced they were not renewing their contract to have their programming available via iTunes after their current contract is up.  Whatever the true reason for that particular decision, it seems that the PR battle is continuing, this time with NBC Chief Exec Jeff Zucker claiming that Apple destroyed music pricing as we know/knew it."We know that Apple has destroyed the music business -- in terms of pricing -- and if we don’t take control, they’ll do the same thing on the video side," Zucker said at a breakfast hosted by Syracuse’s Newhouse School of... Read more...
As with any leaks of information from secret sources, take this with a grain of salt until you hear it from the source. That being said, ThinkSecret does have a very good track record for this kind of information, so it's possible this is at least very close to current plans. Read on: "Adobe plans to offer six bundles with various Creative Suite 3 applications: CS3 Web Standard, CS3 Web Premium, CS3 Design Standard, CS3 Design Premium, CS3 Production Premium, and the CS3 Master Collection. The least expensive of the six will be the CS3 Web Standard bundle, which will retail for $999 and includes Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3. For an additional... Read more...
AMD released its latest processor pricing guide earlier this week. The new pricing marks cuts of close to 50% in some cases. The highest priced processor listed is the AMD Opteron 8220 SE at $2,149 in lots of 1000, while the Sempron 3000 (64-bit, 1.8GHz, 128KB L2 cache, 1600MHz HyperTransport bus, 754-pin) came in at a mere $56. Let the numbers speak for themselves, see full pricing details at AMD.... Read more...
Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $152 A quick scan on Pricegrabber found that most AMD OEM/Retail CPU prices are approximately 10-20% lower than AMD's official pricing.... Read more...
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