John Mackay

John Mackay

Lives in Australia Magnetic Island, Queensland., Australia
Works as a Retired
Has a website at http://www.johnmackay.net
Joined on Feb 22, 2002
About me:

As an avid photographer of ten years now I've made photographs with everything from 4x5 large format film through to Digital 35mm although admittedly I spend far more time cranking out instagrams with my iPhone now. I've enjoyed landscape photography toyed with conceptual photography and am lucky to have some more recent works on permanent display as part of the Landmarks Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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John Mackay: or $219 AUD at the Australian Adobe Store, That's right, we're Australian ...feel free to rip us off!!

Actually, the application of sales tax in the US is dependent on sales made locally in the same state and only two states levy more than 10%.

For instance if I purchase LR 4 online from B&H in NY and live in NY then I pay sales tax on top. However, if the shipping destination is anywhere outside of NY state then no sales tax is applied. To that extent nearly all US residents can mitigate the application of sales tax applied to online purchases by simply by ordering from a supplier outside of their own state.

I am not going to bother addressing your other comments which frankly are bordering on Libel.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 23:22 UTC
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Photoworks: ADOBE RIPOFF ALERT

Can somebody from Adobe please explain why US customers pay $79 for the upgrade, while Australian customers are charged $122. Both are delivered electronically via download. Even taking into account the difference in exchange rates and taxes, the difference is a major ripoff.

No worries. Look, I understand Coke being more expensive as the cost of business for production and marketing is more here in Australia and the economy of scale less. However, software delivery, especially online is not subject to the same costs.

For example I can buy LR 4 from BHPhoto for $149 US + $32.36 US delivery, that's the retail box delivered to my door for $181.36 US --less than the download only cost from the Australian Adobe website.

I am not saying that's it's too expensive I'd pay much more for the software but I'm not paying more than my US cousins just because some corporate monkey in Adobe thinks I should be able to absorb the cost.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:03 UTC
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Photoworks: ADOBE RIPOFF ALERT

Can somebody from Adobe please explain why US customers pay $79 for the upgrade, while Australian customers are charged $122. Both are delivered electronically via download. Even taking into account the difference in exchange rates and taxes, the difference is a major ripoff.

@augustus739: Perhaps it's you who should learn to read, $98.75 is the EX GST price for an upgrade from LR 3 on the Australian Adobe Website.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:05 UTC
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Photoworks: ADOBE RIPOFF ALERT

Can somebody from Adobe please explain why US customers pay $79 for the upgrade, while Australian customers are charged $122. Both are delivered electronically via download. Even taking into account the difference in exchange rates and taxes, the difference is a major ripoff.

where did you get for $89 inc. GST?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:43 UTC
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John Mackay: or $219 AUD at the Australian Adobe Store, That's right, we're Australian ...feel free to rip us off!!

Actually, $145.00 +10% GST is $160.00. The download price of $187.00 AUD is a 30% price gouge.

No skin off my nose however, if I can't get it for $145 I won't be paying anything for it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:42 UTC
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Photoworks: ADOBE RIPOFF ALERT

Can somebody from Adobe please explain why US customers pay $79 for the upgrade, while Australian customers are charged $122. Both are delivered electronically via download. Even taking into account the difference in exchange rates and taxes, the difference is a major ripoff.

Exactly!!! and if you try to buy through the US store with an Aussie credit card or Paypal account they won't let ya!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:14 UTC

or $219 AUD at the Australian Adobe Store, That's right, we're Australian ...feel free to rip us off!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:50 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
On Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection news story (106 comments in total)

I think I identified the potential for this as far back as 2005 when Antonio Perez took over the CEO reins.

Kodak - First in sales but last in profits
http://www.johnmackay.net/2005_07_01_archive.html

A sad day.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2012 at 09:00 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

I wish I could afford to fly to London to see this exhibition. I was so sad at his passing. I remember Yul Brynner mainly for his portrayal of the rogue cowboy in the movie Westworld and for for his role in the TV anti-smoking campaign when I was a kid (I'm 50 now) His words still ringing in my ears "Whatever you do, don't smoke." I never knew he was an avid photographer. I wish some of these exhibitions could make it online so to speak so everyone could enjoy them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:40 UTC as 38th comment | 9 replies
On Nikon announces SB-910 high-end Speedlight news story (118 comments in total)

Now, if it had inbuilt rotation like Sony's HVLF58AM or a price closer to Yongnuo's YN-565EX I would be impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 11:18 UTC as 35th comment
On Sigma Germany announces SD1 Wood Edition with burl veneer news story (351 comments in total)

Chaps, I remember polishing my Blad the other day thinking ..."if only my camera was made of Amboyna Burl how choice my photos could be." not to mention how spiffy it would look on the dash of my Bentley.

The chaps at Polo will pop their chukkas when they set eyes on this beauty.

anyway ...Tally Ho. Shutters away ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:34 UTC as 103rd comment

I liked this article and I look forward to the next part ...keep writing them. Ignore the nit-picking pedants who think that derision and personal attack are acceptable means of contributing an alternative viewpoint.

Can we please have an ignore user option for comments as well as on forums--that would be great :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 12:07 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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