Microsoft Office Costs 25% More in Canada to Download

There are few things I despise 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!

A screenshot I took of Microsoft Office 2010 shown at what turned out to be the USA price of $279.99I 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 !! 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:

  1. The address for page 1 (the MS Office order page):
  2. The address for page 2 (the shopping cart):

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Stupid Nonsensical Acronyms Be Damned!

Okay, I am officially irritated by the acronyms used by my wife’s employer to note a day shift or a night shift on her schedule. Tell me, do these make any sense to you?

Day Shift = AV
Night Shift = DS

Hmm, first how the hell does AV stand for day shift? Second, shouldn’t day shift be DS? I keep getting so damned confused because her schedule is shared with mine using these acronyms and I often have to plan my days around hers.

Stupid stupid stupid! And if these acronyms are sourced back to some historical word usage then blecht… can ’em and upgrade to the 21st Century!

Rant complete… although for the record I die inside every time I see those damnable acronyms 😉