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Why so much software piracy in Europe

If you ever wondered why so many people have dodgy installations of MS windows in Europe..

Vista Ultimate will cost 549 EUR; which is 730.80 USD ... in comparison the US version is selling for 303.24 USD.
Vista Basic will cost 279 EUR which is 371.38 USD .. that version in the US will cost 151 USD.

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And at the current exchange rate that would only be 75 (pounds sterling) for Vista Basic.






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I know I think most people wouldn't quirm at paying under 100 pounds. I'll probably get a few copies here and take them to the UK for family if it really turns out that expensive there.

One thing I used to do at university was buy copies with my student privileges. I remember getting an NT4 pro copy for 48 pounds against 250 rrp.
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Software piracy is a lot worse in Asia, you can get any version of windows for a few US bucks. Yeah, the best way is to have a student buy it for you or know someone that works for microsoft and buy it at employee discount.

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549 !!! Well F*** Vista, Microsoft and Bill Gates... They're just greedy son's of bitches using their monopoly situation.

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549 !!! Well F*** Vista, Microsoft and Bill Gates... They're just greedy son's of bitches using their monopoly situation.

... No really P.A. How do you feel about it? However...your are right on the greed thing.

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549 !!! Well F*** Vista....
Out of curiosity, how much of that price is from all forms of taxes. From import to VAT.

As an example in the US, There's always a big furor over oil company profits. Most people don't know there profits are less than 10% but they don't consider that government tax them at 22%. That does not include the taxes paid at the pump.

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T has a very good point there, gas stations owner really only make a couple of u.s. cents on a gallon of gas. The most price is about 1/3 gov taxes...
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I know I think most people wouldn't quirm at paying under 100 pounds. I'll probably get a few copies here and take them to the UK for family if it really turns out that expensive there.

One thing I used to do at university was buy copies with my student privileges. I remember getting an NT4 pro copy for 48 pounds against 250 rrp.

yeah, I am university staff... apparently we can get discounts..not only at the IT shop of the university but also in every other shop.....
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Out of curiosity, how much of that price is from all forms of taxes. From import to VAT.

As an example in the US, There's always a big furor over oil company profits. Most people don't know there profits are less than 10% but they don't consider that government tax them at 22%. That does not include the taxes paid at the pump.
In Belgium VAT is on first necessity products, it's 6%, normal products 21% and luxury goods 33%


but for gas, tobacco and alcohol you have also the excises taxes to add... I don't know the exact percentage but they are huge.

The Vista shiat would be in the 21% range (VAT only). We haver no taxes on import other than the VAT.
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MS could do a download (upgrade option) what taxes. that would certainly pish-off all the international divisions of MS though so that won't happen.

Living in different countries and traveling home alot I find it very interesting how product prices vary, how the internet gives people the opportunity to bypass the taxes and how countries try to stop customers purchasing goods from abroad. I think also the US is seeing a parallel to this with various state taxes being different.

A recent example of this I've just experienced. as a bit of a computer game lover, I've been waiting for a PC game called Armed Assault (OFP 2) for years since the original was my fav game of all time.

The game is produced in Czech and has just been released there and there only (well recently Germany also) anyhow. it's not being released in UK, US, AUS ect because its a different publisher and they are taking much longer to prepare and get it out the door.

This game has a community which is outstanding, different groups that completely recoded the original game and add an amazing amount of content. well this community as soon as the czech version was available wanted the game so bad they created a language patch so it changed all the game speach, text ect into english just by running a quick patch file. Now people in every country across the world have been ordering the game from czech and german amazon and gaming sites. Also to enhance the situation the german publisher has just taken the initiative and made the game available for online purchase and download. Dam knows how much this is costing the publishers that have not released it yet. I just found this an awesome example sorry if I waffled on a little.
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