For many years computer users outside the US have complained about the disparity in hardware and software pricing for international purchases.
In recent years price differences have been less egregious, but for some vendors, it is still much cheaper buy software if you live in the US.
|US||UK||UK price difference||Australia||Australia
|Creative Cloud US$/year|
|Premiere Pro CC only||$239.88||$276.35||15.20%||$230.57||-3.88%|
|Final Cut Pro X||$299.99||$314.37||4.79%||$288.34||-3.88%|
|FCPX + 3 year subscription||$699.98||$792.26||13.18%||$701.63||0.24%|
If you search the internet for statements from Adobe justifying these price differences, you get this sort of thing (from an Adobe.com forum):
Local market conditions significantly influence our pricing – these include the costs of doing business in different regions and customer research that assesses the value of the product in the local market…
…the cost of doing business in the rest of the world is higher than in North America. That higher cost is reflected in some of our pricing and would remain no matter how customers chose to purchase. For example, customers will still read about our products through local press to whom we reach out; they will meet local Adobe sales people who conduct seminars, participate in user groups, and visit large customers; and they will rely on support resources that Adobe makes available in these markets. All of these efforts impact the business costs of securing the sale, whether that sale is delivered online or in a box.
Adobe pricing advice
I’ve made over 50 free plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X. If I produce commercial plugins, I’ll need to decide how much to charge for them. Given that Adobe have much a higher market research budget than I do, perhaps I should use that research to calculate any international price differentials. They believe that the UK market will bear a 15-20% increase over the US, who am I to contradict them?