A casual search across the web came up with a realization that it would be quite difficult to compare similar products across different countries. Each market has such unique requirements that the products themselves are often quite different.Consider my first search for appliances, specifically refrigerators. Trying to find an exact same model to compare pricing was nearly impossible. UK refrigerators for example were generally considerably smaller than US fridges, likely as a combination of space premium and that us Americans buy/consume/waste such massive amounts of food. The most expensive refrigerators at Best Buy UK were between $1,600 and $2,500, with 48 models. Meanwhile the US Best Buy had 107 models alone priced higher than $2,500! Trying cars on for size, I looked at a Ford Focus, with a starting MSRP of $16,270 in the U.S. In the U.K. the Focus starts at $25,600 out the door (give or take). Even adding on dealer fees, delivery, taxes, title, tags, and registration, that’s still quite a big price difference. The models themselves had quite varied specifications too, to suit the different markets. So how about regular electronics then, that are generally the same wherever you go? Using Best Buy again, I looked up the price of a Sony Playstation 3, with the cheapest model (160 GB) coming in at $300. The same model came in at a whopping $460!
I’d had enough, and felt my
pride wallet swelling from the savings to be an American.