Has anyone noticed that in the past month or so it seems to be cheaper to buy some flight sim software (at least, downloads) cheaper here in Australia than from overseas sources (when you convert the prices to a common currency)?
I have had a number of recent instances where the price in Australia has been less than the price in Europe or in the US (even in one case where I had bought directly from the developer).
As I have indicated in various posts, I prefer to buy products from PCA Aust and only go elsewhere when the product is not stocked by PCA Aust or does not look likely to be stocked in the near future.
The perception of "cheaper" can't be due to currency movements because there have only been limited movements of the Australian dollar against the US dollar and the Euro in recent months.
Most of the European/UK stores which I have historically dealt with showed prices as both VAT inclusive and ex-VAT. On some sites, the ex-Vat price came up for all products immediately I logged on.
About six months ago, a Euro store adopted a new system for people browsing who were not immediately recognised by the site. For example, if I accessed the site from a computer other than my own, I couldn't do so unless I indicated in a drop-down box which country I was from. I assumed that that was so the prices could appear either with or without VAT, as was appropriate.
However, for the past month or so, I have noticed that the prices for me on most of the European/UK retail sites are now shown only with VAT included, so that I am paying VAT even though not liable for it. A semi-remaining exception is Eiresim which says that it is "quite difficult" to build the differential VAT arrangement into the sales system but that they will arrange a refund of the VAT on request. I can vouch for that because I made the request by email shortly after a purchase and immediately received an email saying the refund would be processed through PayPal and within a couple of minutes, I received the PayPal adjustment notification.
Imagine how much dearer it is going to be for a person in Australia to buy them after the GST on downloads from overseas sales commences and so provides a level playing field with local sales.