Originally Posted by andrew2000
The US is a large, degregluated, low tax very competative market but it has no decent universal public health or welfare system. Europe has higher taxes etc but has excellent public health and welfare systems. Europe has had to overcome alot of internal economic division and has achieved a great deal but things such as computers and CD's etc do cost more as economic reform has a way to go. For example American's have two weeks annual leave, Germans have five or six - its got to be paid for some how. VW don't make any profit from cars made in their German plants as they are just not cost competitive
I live in Australia and I would say the US has a better range of notebooks compared to Australia. HP and Acer etc don't have as large a range in Australia but the prices are not much different (our sales tax is a flat 10% across the whole country and there are no state sales taxes) However, Dell have made a significant difference in our market as they have virtually their whole range on computers and they bring out new models at the same time they bring them out in the US. Dell are really starting to dominate the notebook market here as they so price and feature competitive.
We also have a free trade agreement with the US and some Asian countries which makes notebooks etc cheaper.
2 weeks off? ....since when? 1 week thank you