Australia is the bitch of the marketplace. It has even been raised in Australian Parliament, including hauling Apple/Adobe etc in for questioning, but no one will actually do anything about it until the public stops paying top dollar like a pack of rabid fanboys. The excuses are typical crap - smaller market, more transport costs etc, when the real reason is simple - because they can.
Cases in point:
To download e-copies of various items (games, software, music), often the price is double or so in Australia compared to US. For a digital download. For reals.
To buy actual items, it is often cheaper to buy them from the US via a redirect mail company, paying for local than international shipping, rather than pay the Australian store price (for international companies such as Lego that have a central site but multiple nation specific online sites). Eg When the AU$ was fetching $1.05 US, The Lego Death Star was AU$799 or US$399, which was about AU$419 after sales tax is added and converted. With free local US shipping, then AU$150 to ship her, I still saved over AU$200.
EDIT: Forgot an important noun (in italics)
Last edited by The Slider
on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:58 am, edited 1 time in total.