Get Photoshop In Australia For US Prices

Get Photoshop In Australia For US Prices

The new Creative Cloud pricing can make Photoshop and other Adobe products cheaper, but Australian customers still pay a hefty premium compared to those in the US even if they download the software. However, it turns out that with a little URL tinkering, you might be able pay US prices for an Australian copy. Update: Damn, looks like Adobe has fixed this.

Reddit user mrWLSN demonstrates in a series of screenshots how going through the US store but using an Australian ID results in an error. However, if you edit the URL to add /au/ after the .com, it seems you can then pay the US price via the Australian system. It’s not clear if this would work if you want to buy a new copy, but it could be worth a try.

Adobe is one of the obvious targets of the upcoming government price inquiry. If it doesn’t close this loophole, it might not be such a prime candidate. If you give it a try, tell us how it goes in the comments.

Update: Per the comments below, looks like this isn’t working any more. Curses!

Reddit [via ZDNet]


  • Why would we pay to use something in a way that is likely against the terms of service/illegal. If adobe want to rip me off I’ll just get it the other illegal way – for

  • Alas, it didn’t work for me. I prefer to pay the US$199 for my Photoshop upgrade, but apparently the GST alone for Australian customers adds up to about $136!
    I imported the box upgrade for LR4 to avoid the rip-off, but I don’t think they’re selling the boxes for this one.
    I hope someone comes up with a solution. I really understand pirating a whole lot better now.

  • Angus I’m having a little trouble with this one.

    ” edit the URL to change add /au/ after the .com” – change add? Do you mean just one of those? also

    “If it doesn’t close this loophole, it might not be such a prime candidate” – why would this be the case?

    Maybe I’m dim today it just doesn’t quite read right- thanks!

  • I bought LR when they dropped the price of LR3 to the same price (or below) the US price, and happily upgraded to LR4 for not a lot more than the US, but that seems to have been a rare moment of sanity for Adobe Australia.

  • Oddly enough, the education version of Creative Cloud is actually cheaper here ($24.99) than the US ($29.99) also if you buy online via direct download Adobe does not charge GST as you are buying for a company based in Ireland.

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