The identically configured piece of Mac hardware costs about 26.5 percent more in Australia than in the United States, according to this blog entry by Pingdom, a company that monitors Web sites and servers. Although it's not as big a difference as it is in Australia, Mac products in Europe still cost about 18.7 percent more than in the U.S. The blog speculated on reasons why. Asked the blog: "Does Apple charge more outside the U.S. because it can?"
The next time you're about to make a global hardware purchase, it's probably not a bad idea to do a little multinational price comparison. According to one survey released this week, American Mac users would be well served to not buy overseas.