Brad Henderson wrote:If this is too political (that's not my intent, but it does echo certain concepts in the political Arena) - delete it - but the private sectors position on this seems to be 'people in financially well off countries should pay more for the same thing because they are well off' - hence the difference in cost between two otherwise identical items. (even if the book's production costs are slightly higher if printed in the us, the mark up is far greater than that).
Interestingly in today's election cycle, many in the private sector do not apply that same logic to their tax rates (ie those with more success should be ok with paying more for that which they receive).
Does this hypocrisy reveal anything about the case and the opposing positions views? Or should We just be worried about the next time we buy tenyo stuff in japan fat cheaper than one can get them through american dealers?
Brad has an interesting point, but legal protestations to the contrary, I suspect the pricing by the textbook producers actually has nothing to do with some sort of social justice dogma.
Rather, I'll bet they are simply charging what the market will bear in each region. Their primary goal as companies is to make as much money as possible--not to ensure economic "fairness" for all (whatever that means).
The book companies are not the only ones. For example, the regional coding system in blu-rays and DVD's is a ploy to try to keep grey market items from being useful to the majority of folks in the US.
On a local scale, practically every small business/restaurant/service provider adjusts their prices to the prevailing local prices. Applebee's charged me 30% more in Times Square for a lousy burger because Dave's Famous BBQ was doing the same, not because they figured I might be able to afford it. (Don't get me started about the spaghetti and meatball (Yes, singular) at Epcot! :grin:)
Actually, I think the true hypocrisy for many of us is that one of the few times we are willing to pay above market value for a good/service is when it comes to supporting an industry we care about (i.e. brick and mortar magic shops). The rest of the time, we treat everything else like a commodity to be had at the cheapest price regardless.
(Moderator: as Brad has said: please feel free to delete my post if it is too political).