Originally Posted by joseyu
Has anyone thought about it this way? Dell charges more for the same stuff in Europe than in the US because they simply can. Since our friends across the Atlantic Ocean are generally more will to buy stuff at slightly higher prices, Dell decided why not charge more if we can still get enough people to buy them. On the other hand, I think a lot less people in the US will be willing to pay $3000 to $4000 for a laptop these days, thus Dell has to price them so that enough people would buy them in this competitive market. I think its all because of a difference in spending culture. Sad but there may be some truth to it, and the only way around it may be for the European buyers to stop buying Dells for a while and maybe then they will realize that its too expensive and they will start offering 35% off coupons! It also would not surprise me if Dell USA is selling their stuff at cost or are actually loosing a little money, but then the customers in the rest of the world help balance their check book and at the end of the year they still make money. Just a speculation though.
Global macro-economics works in very wierd ways.. as the UK fellow said.. take a fortnight vacation.. buy stuff return home happier..
Things are priced at a 'market value' wherever they are sold.
America is the largest consumer of EVERYTHING when it comes to things like electronics and computer products. American market = High Volume... less margin. Think WALMARTish.. Thats the reality. Too many options too good of customer service. RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING RETURN POLICIES.
Thats the BIGGEST REASON why I like it here.
What do I not like... compared to Europe..
- Short paid vacations compared to Europeans taking HUGE 2 month long vacations... wow!
- I think we probably get paid more.. but also spend more on stuff.. European countries governments and social benefits I hear are MUCH MUCH better.
- A medical examination without insurance in US will kill u... financially..
- Europe = nice public transport.. less hassle.. of driving around..
Also.. if you look around there are always places where things will be cheaper.. than others.. comparison and cribbing is pointless.. GO FLY AND BUY.
Example: High quality cotton shirt from same manufacturer and manufactured at the same location in the world.
UK - 60 quid
US - 40 bucks
India - 700-1000 Rs = 20 $
Bangkok - Probably cheaper at the right place.