Ridiculously Expensive Asus Transformer in JB HiFi
Note: prices etc here are as at 2 June 2011.
Have actually handled an Asus Transformer (sans dock – the assistant had no idea about them) in my local JB HiFi. Given that ASUS seems to be ripping Australian consumers off blind I won’t be buying for the time being:
Amazon price: USD449.99 (AUD Equivalent price at AUD = USD1.05 = $428.56)
JB Hifi price: AUD596 (ridiculously – roughly 40% – more expensive) (@28 July this has come down to AUD498 for the 16GB model)
update 6/6: B&H advertise the 16GB model in their catalogue for US$399, making the AU price even more ridiculous, but website says it’s not in stock yet.
Update 20 November: Officeworks has a 32GB transformer at roughly price parity to the US: $563 including the dock. Current USD price for that model plus dock (at B&H) is about $532.
Let’s not forget that the AUD is worth 5%+ more than the USD and has been for some time (and Sydney is a shorter trip from Taiwan/Beijing).
Compare the iPad 2
Amazon price: USD569 (equivalent to AUD541)
JB HiFi price: AUD557 (roughly comparable – about 3% more expensive)
Lift your (cotton rich) socks Asus…
Everyone else: Hopshopgo?