Why does the UK pay inflated prices for hardware?

  PhilToo 11:25 10 Jul 07

AMD have just announced a 30% cut in CPU prices, Intel are about to announce major price cuts, the pound is now worth just over $2's. So why do we in the UK pay over the odds for all PC hardware, from motherboards and memory to graphic and sound cards?

If or when will we in the UK actually get to see some of these price cuts filter through to us? Or as usual, will we be ripped off by every manufacturer and distributor in the industry?


  hssutton 11:35 10 Jul 07

It's very annoying to say the least, but it doesn't only affect hardware, such as Adobes photoshop is almost double the cost of that in the states. It's also just as bad for cameras.

  wee eddie 12:34 10 Jul 07

If we were to buy a different product, in sufficient numbers to affect the profitability of the product in question, then the price would fall.

  Smiler 14:53 10 Jul 07

Because we live in RippOff Britain :-(

  robbiepaul79 16:16 10 Jul 07

I noticed this too over the last few days with the PS3 price cuts announced, it was mentioned on one piece of documentation that a Premium 360 is around £200 in the US compared to our £260+ or so.

  lisa02 17:05 10 Jul 07

It's all relative isn't it.

  spuds 18:02 10 Jul 07

What the market will bear. In other words, if you are willing to pay the price, the deal will go ahead.

  Stuartli 19:28 10 Jul 07

The States offers a vastly substantial larger market place.

  Stuartli 19:29 10 Jul 07

..should be: "...a substantially larger market place."..:-)

  Smiler 11:47 11 Jul 07

"It's all relative isn't it."

Relative to what?

  mole44 12:28 11 Jul 07

not for nothing is the U.K. known as Treasure Island to big companies.

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