Apple, Adobe, Microsoft subpoenaed to appear before Australian Parliament

Apple, Adobe, Microsoft subpoenaed to appear before Australian Parliament
After months of notes apparently saying something to the effect of, “We’ll get back to you,” the Federal Parliament in Australia is now compelling Microsoft, Apple and Adobe to testify before a committee that is investigating price hikes on products sold by the tech giants.

Understandably, companies do not like to discuss pricing strategies in public as it is the same as tipping one’s hand of cards during a poker match. However, it can also be indicative of companies trying to reach too far into the cookie jar. Consumer groups down under have been lobbying for public hearings, claiming that several companies are price gouging.

Prices for products sold by the companies, or through various portals, like iTunes, Xbox Live and Adobe’s software store have been undergoing mark-ups for some time, to a point that it appears that Australians are now paying more for the exact same software and content than other countries. The companies have not been receptive to talk about their pricing schemes. That has not made the legislators very happy (visibly angry in some cases).

Now, they will be called to account. In the past some of these companies have said simply that Australians will be charged more for products. Adobe is on the record and apparently plans to continue that trend. Microsoft has done the same thing with its products too. Apple has made some adjustments as well, but on the whole prices with many of these products and services continue to rise while the market has seen a drop in other technology sectors (like computers).

The companies will be making their appearance in Canberra on March 22nd.

source: Delimiter



2. androidfurever

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Put all but adobe out of business Austria. Show them that hitler-esque judgement!

3. androidfurever

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I misread. Australia. Not Austria. Been reading too much iPhone news all day.

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012


5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its about time the ACCC cracked down on these guys.

6. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

When I was based in Oz and wanted to buy software, a simple click on Ebay and search for "Student Edition", Location USA made me a happy little vegemite...

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Has no one heard of the free market. If people want to buy from them, LET THEM. No one forces you to buy their products. I love seeing apple get in trouble, but this is just stupid. I'm tired of these companies that don't actually outright do anything wrong getting called in under investigations. Where we, in charlotte NC get to deal with a POS Jerry Richardson extorting the state and city for taxpayer money to keep his stupid foozeball team here and no one is calling for investigations into him. I'm ok with those investigations, but this kind of thing is stupid. People are willing to pay their stupid prices, so what concern is it of your AU parliament?

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Who thumbed this stupid response up? Free market and price gouging are two different things. Australia's problem is that companies take them for idiots and do all sorts of things to them. I hope that the federal government actually plants a boot in these companies asses. Heck it happens with everything that is sold in Australia, prices are a little steeper, but some companies have been raising prices much higher than they need to, greed knows no bounds. Companies do all sorts of things, just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean that it isn't going on. Seriously, you want to sit there and say that you don't think that MS, Apple, especially Apple aren't doing wrong to customers by selling tech for exorbitant prices on the whole? Figures, you live in the USA and the rest of the world just doesn't matter right?

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Wow, see this is what is wrong with the WORLD. People don't understand the basics of economics. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PRICE GOUGING. It just an adjusting of price to meet demand. If you don't like it, and you live in AU, then LEAVE. Or don't buy those products. Sure it's fueled by greed, but who the fonk cares? If I OWN a GOOD/SERVICE I can charge you what ever I want, I OWN IT. And I don't know anyone that takes Australians for idiots. Oh, but yet it's ok for you to not read what I wrote and call me an idiot when you clearly have no idea what you talking about. And just so you know, I actually had a friend that was an Australian diplomats daughter as a friend and she was probably smarter than I. However, she also understood economics too, something you clearly don't. In no way is a price "exorbitant" if people, such as yourself, are willing to pay it. Thats the point you miss during your whole tirade, is that YOU HAVE A CHOICE NOT TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. If you don't like it, DON"T SPEND YOUR MONEY. Just by the hardware minus the software from ASUS or any number of companies willing to sell blank hardware, and then run Linux. It's that simple. D@mn you people piss me off. But when some dumb@ss like Jerry Richardson starts actually stealing(via lobbying for taxpayer funds) then he is a hero for keeping his stupid foozeball team in the local area. I have no doubts you would do the same thing down-under with your soccer teams.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

What do they have against Australia??

9. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Their first question should be why the hell are you selling iphone worth $150 for $900 usd?

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