Price of the Freerunner published?

ian douglas ian.douglas at
Wed Mar 19 20:09:54 CET 2008

Vincent wrote:
>     2. 19% VAT in germany
>     3. x% additional fees (recycling, ...) in germany/europe
> Regarding points 1, 2, 3 and 6 - doesn't the US have something similar? 

2. I'm originally from Canada, but my experience in the US is that each 
state, and sometimes within separate counties within the state can 
charge varying amounts of tax. On a whole though, the Federal government 
does not add a value-added tax (VAT), like the Canadian government does 
with the GST (goods and services tax).

3. California typically charges an "environmental waste impact" (or some 
similarly-phrased term) for electronics. I don't know about other 
states. We're all supposed to be a bunch of tree-huggers or something 
out here /shrug

> Regarding 5 - shouldn't the prices be according to current exchange 
> rates? Isn't that the whole point of exchange rates?

Currency exchange rates can be pretty volatile though, and basing a 
price on a currency that's fluctuating a lot (like the US dollar), in my 
opinion, doesn't make as much sense. At the same time, marketing the 
Freerunner in, say, Euros, might make these Americans around me feel 
alienated or something. ;o)

Just my $0.02 ... plus tax.

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