We've praised Apple in the past for generally not imposing a major "Australia tax" on hardware purchases, but we can't do that with the new cylindrical Mac Pro. Buying this in Australia adds a massive $600 extra to the price tag.
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US pricing for the Mac Pro starts from $2999. Converted to Australian dollars, that comes in around $3090.48 right now. Add the 10 per cent GST and you'd see a price of $3399.53. We'd have expected that to round up by as much as another $100. However, the starting price in Australia is $3999. That's a rort. There's no possible excuse for it.
I imagine there will be a lot of gushing today about how great it is that the Mavericks update is free and now includes the iLife and iWork suite. This is the flipside; for more professional hardware, Apple is charging Australians like a wounded bull. The new Mac Pro systems go on sale in December.