Tone Deft wrote:non-US peeps - you shouldn't let other peoples' good fortune make you angry, that's the sign of a small person.
instead of cutting you lot a break, they could just jack the price on the US shipments and that would make you happy. lame.
thats my thinking on the matter.
I run a business, if I give a customer a discount price for product does that mean the next customer in line is getting ripped off? no.
the fact of the matter is if you buy it then it's worth the asking price, then what are you complaining about? if you paid for it, then it was WORTH the price.
Your analogy is incorrect. You suppose that there is a 'discount', more accurate to say that all customers in your imaginary store are getting the same price ($399), without discount. You are selling hundreds of thousands at that same price, but the store down the street is selling them for $636 for some reason. The customers in there will feel ripped off if they see how much these things are really worth.
You cannot say "it is worth that much, if you paid that much". Because perception of value is relative. Once I know
I am being overcharged then the perception changes.
If a purchaser goes into the store selling them for $636 and asks "is this the best price?" and are told "yes it is, this machine costs that much to make , it is THAT much quality, you are buying a quality piece of kit here. $636 worth of tech". So they purchase the product.
Later they find out that what they were told is incorrect, they have not purchased '$636 worth of quality instrument', but instead they have purchased a $399 instrument at an inflated price. They now feel ripped off to the tune of $237.
Perceptions of value are relative. If I know that what I am buying is inflated artificially, will I ever really value it at $636?
If you disagree, I have a dollar note here for sale at $1.70 . I'm sure you will not see any problem with purchasing that.
NOTE: I am buying mine from NYC , no way will I pay $636 for one