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From: Barry Lennox
Subject: Re: best *personal* buys of the year 2002
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 09:15:07 +1300
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On Tue, 31 Dec 2002 22:53:00 +0000, Mike Page
>Well, I guess it is my first PDA (Clie SJ20), bought in the US as it
>would be double the cost "over here", if available at all (whyyyy???).
>Despite all the wang-fang apps I still just use it for the basics.
Simple, it's called "rip-off Britain" I spent a few weeks in the UK
earlier this year and was consistenly amazed at the costs there,
Anything of US origin (used loosely, it was probably made in Mexico or
China) seemed to be 1.5 to 2.5 x the cost in Stg, rather than in USD!.
Challenging a couple of shopkeepers got the usual BS, "Oh, it's our
tiny market, the taxes and shipping" This does not stand up to the
most cursory examination, it's simply GREED.
It seems to be a relatively new practice, I spent a few years in the
UK in the late 70s/early 80s and did not see the practice then, at
least to the same outrageous extent.