Office 2010 price increases in Australia

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Wanna pay 40% more for Office 2010 Professional? Buy it in Australia.

The Australian prices are a strange mixed bag compared to both the US and UK prices.

For many years, price comparisons between Microsoft Office prices in the US and other countries haven’t looked good for customers.

For Office 2010 there are some major price increases for Aussie customers, even using our (deliberately biased to Microsoft) calculations.

The cheapest Office 2010 bundle is 14% more expensive for Australians while the Professional edition is a whopping 40% more. While the mid-range Home and Business bundle is 22% cheaper.

According to Microsoft Australia these increases are due to local taxes, duties, regulatory requirements, support costs and “The level of resources required to conduct business varies by market and pricing reflects this,” though it’s hard to see how these factors could combine to result in such a range of increases and decreases.

A street price comparison will be more relevant and, if past experience is a guide, US customers can expect greater discounts than in Australia.



























Office 2010 Product

Official US Price

US Price converted to Aussie dollars plus GST and shipping

Official AUD$ price

Difference

Home and Student

$149

$183

$209

14%

Home and Business

$399

$484

$379

-22%

Professional

$499

$605

$849

40%

We have not included the ‘Product Key’ versions of Office 2010 because we consider them to be bad value for almost any customerand strongly recommend against purchase.

Calculation Details:

The calculation is designed to allow for exchange rate variations, taxes and even an allowance for shipping.

Australian and US retail prices from Microsoft.

Interbank Exchange Rate at 21 April 2010: 1.0748 plus 2% to simulate higher credit card rate.

Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST): 10%

Additional Shipping (over)estimate: $3.00

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