Consumer group endorses bypassing online geo-blocks

CONSUMER advocacy group Choice has called on Australians to circumvent the technology that allows major software companies like Microsoft and Apple to charge higher prices for their products.

Three giant IT companies - Microsoft, Apple and Adobe - gave evidence to a Senate inquiry on Friday as to why their goods are more expensive in Australia compared to other markets.

Choice spokesman Matt Levey says the consumer group has published guidelines to help consumers circumvent geo-blocking, which prevents people from buying the cheaper, identical products available in other countries.

"There's one particular creative suite product from Adobe which currently has a $1,200 price difference between the US price and the Australian price," he said.

"Similarly with Microsoft, there was one infamous product where you could actually pay someone... to fly to the US and back twice, buy the product when they're there, and still come out ahead."

Read more at ABC news online.

Topics:  apple choice microsoft price gouging

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