There are few things IÂ despiseÂ more than getting cheated out of my hard earned money just because I am in Canada instead. This is especially true when there appears to be no reason other than greed!
Is Microsoft Price Gouging Canadians? My Experience Says Yes!
I needed to get another copy of Office 2010 Home and Business for one of my staff. So, I went to Google and searched for the Office 2010 purchase & download site. I went there and found Office Home and Business 2010 for sale for a reasonable $279.99. When I clicked “Buy Now” I was taken to a page where… much to my surprise and annoyance the price increased to $349.99 !!Â What the hell??
For a while I just kept trying to find some reason why it increased in price and I didn’t figure it out until I looked at the two URLs of the websites:
- The address for page 1 (the MS Office order page):
- The address for page 2 (the shopping cart):
As you may notice the first URL I went to turned out to be the US version of the order page (why, I have no idea since I am clearly in Canada) and when I ordered the product the second page which I was spirited to changed my order to a mind numbing Canadian price of $349.99.
So, to recap, because I am in Canada, Microsoft believes I should pay $70 more (or 25% extra) to buy the download version of Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010.
What… the…. hell???!!!
Keep in mind this is even more ridiculous when you consider:
- The Canadian dollar is no longer weaker than the US dollar but in fact stronger (as I write this).
- This is a download! As a result, there is no shipping involved so it isn’t like they have to pay extra for anything involving shipping or customs.