I see it costs $699 in the North America store, and it's €803,85 in the Europe store.
May I know WHY is there such an outrageous difference for the very same product? These are both for the download version, so no need to ship anything to me.
Seriously, 300 euros are good money and as an artist, I could really use them in buying art materials. So what happens if I live in Europe and purchase the download version of Photoshop from the North America store?
There have been very many posts on this subject, lots of frustrated non-US users, but no real answers to the basic question why.
You can try to purchase the North American download, but most likely it won't work. I don't know what Adobe has in place to prevent people from buying from the "wrong" store, but I've run into IP address checks or requirements for a US credit card from other vendors.
I don't know why they won't answer the basic question, but this is clearly discriminatory against all non-US users.
I am going to pay through Paypal, so no need for credit card checking either.... might it work?
And what if it doesn't work... can I pay the difference to download from the Europe store? Or they will ask me to pay another 800 euros for that? lol I don't even want to think about that.
Way back when the EU was being set up, there was a general intent that 1 Euro would more or less match 1 Dollar in value.
At this moment they don't, with the Dollar being valued at only about 81% of the Euro. One day in the future the balance may tip in the other direction. Who can know?
How does a company doing international sales set pricing policy in an environment where currency exchange rates can differ? One way might be to track rate changes in real time, and update local pricing accordingly. Clearly there is an ongoing cost to that. Or they can just price everything in dollars and let the credit card companies work everything out. Perhaps there are legal problems with doing that.
It seems to me as though Adobe just chose to set the price the same in both Dollars and Euros, and that VAT must be charged for downloads. So over €100 in the original number you quoted above is for tax. It's clear to see why you are not allowed to get around paying that.
Regarding the remaining difference, one solution might be to wreck your economy, so that the dollar becomes stronger, then your Photoshop license will be more equitably priced.
Gasoline or as it's also called Petrol is twice the cost in Europe over the US,so that leads me to believe the cost of maintaining a sales and support branch in Europe is much higher than in the US. That cost would get passed on the in cost of their software. Adobe US isn't about to undercut their own branches in Europe and elsewhere by allowing purchases from the US store and also by evading local taxes.
It's not "discrimation" as in Adobe wants to soak overseas customers,but the "cost of doing business" in your country.
Maybe you could take a course in Photoshop at a local school and qualify for an educational discount.
No not at all, here in England it's known as Rip Off Britain... Google it lol... We pay twice and sometimes even three times as much as other countries for music, books, dvd's, software and the list could go on lol..
"Gasoline or as it's also called Petrol is twice the cost in Europe over the US".
This is from pure tax and between duties and VAT tax it is over $4 per gallon. So a gallon of gas was about $7 two years ago. This all helps to pay for social programs.
Even in Canada they charge 12% on any on-line purchases you make.
charles badland wrote:
That price must include the VAT.
That's what one would think, right? But no. I don't know what country the OP is from, but in Germany PS Standard full version costs EUR 799 excluding VAT (that's only EUR 4 less than the OP can buy it for). Including VAT it is EUR 950.81
Noel Carboni schrieb:
one solution might be to wreck your economy, so that the dollar becomes stronger, then your Photoshop license will be more equitably priced.
I think someone in the EU already figured that out and is trying it
Anda Ansheen schrieb:
They both include the VAT.
In the Europe store, the product costs €699,00 ex. VAT.
What country are you seeing that in?
By the way, instead of asking if you can buy it on the US store, why don't you just try and report back whether you succeeded or not. (Official Adobe Store)
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