06/30/2010

The Kobo

Category E-reader
I have been toying with the purchase of an e-reader for some time. I was very tempted to buy the kindle when it first came out, but passed because it only worked at the time in the US. By the time the Canadian version was released there were enough competitors that I put the decision off for a while. Then, I saw that Kobo had released a reader for $149 that was initially only available in Canada (but will shortly be available at Borders). $150 seems to be a magic price point (at least for me) so I ordered one and have now been using it for a couple of weeks.

06/30/2010

Even IBM rips off Canadians

Category Licenses
I had to order some additional Domino Express Licenses today. When I go to the Passport Site, it quotes me $145 a license because I am using the US$ as my default currency. However, when I go to place the order the price rises to $192. That is a 32% up-charge for buying the product in Canada (and that doesn't include tax). Right now the exchange rate is .95, so someone is making a nice 25% profit on the transaction. The sad part is I will pay for this with my US Amex card so the payment will be converted back to US dollars, and Amex will charge me 2% for that as well.

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