Office 2007 in the UK is pricey

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People in the UK are being asked to pay up to 50% more than their US cousins for Office 2007

A few months ago we looked at the comparative pricing between Office 2007 in the US and Australia to find some price increase.

Our many UK readers have wondered about the pricing of Office 2007 in their country – and they are right to wonder.  UK Sterling prices look cheaper because the raw numbers are lower but when you look at the exchange rate adjusted prices, there’s price jumps of up to 50% over the same product in the US.

It’s hard to see any justification for this.  The software is the same with only some dictionary additions.  Unlike Australia with a small population, the UK is a large market and there should be many economies of scale to lower the price, not raise it.

Upgrading to Office 2007 is pricey anywhere in the world, but in the UK it’s even harder to justify the changeover.






























































Office 2007 Product

Official US Price

US Price converted to Sterling plus VAT and shipping

Official UK price

Difference

Home and Student

$149

£94

£120

27%

Standard

$399

£247

£349

41%

Standard upgrade

$239

£149

£199

33%

Small Business

$449

£278

£399

44%

Small Business – upgrade

$279

£174

£249

43%

Professional

$499

£308

£449

46%

Professional – upgrade

$329

£204

£299

46%

Ultimate

$679

£418

£599

43%

Ultimate – upgrade

$539

£333

£499

50%

Calculation Details:
Interbank Exchange Rate at 1 January 2007: 0.51046 plus 2% to simulate higher credit card rate.
UK Value added tax (VAT): 17.5%
Additional Shipping (over)estimate: £3.00

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