Earlier this week, we noted that the new CS5 release of Photoshop was more expensive for Australian users than for their US counterparts. That stinks of down-under rip-off, but Adobe argues that the price represents "enormous value".
Adobe group marketing manager Calum Russell has responded to the original ZDNet/Delimiter story highlighting the price difference, arguing that local prices are determined to match local market conditions and to reflect the dependence on local resellers. Quite how that translates into such a massive price difference is an issue Russell dodges.
He also suggests that there are better prices available for the full CS5 suite, which might be good news for large design companies but doesn't help individuals so much. All in all, it seems like a good time to look at alternatives.