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Initial post: 27 Dec 2011 20:18:16 GMT
C. Jack says:
I've noticed quite a few albums are quite a bit more expensive in the UK than in the US, for example 6.99 versus $4.99.

I wondered what the reason was?
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Posted on 27 Dec 2011 20:42:00 GMT
salty_peters says:
noticed this too - probably worth buying in americanian dollars if you can.
the answer is most likely because people will pay.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2011 22:41:10 GMT
Well, it's quite simple, everything is more expensive in the UK compared to the US. The UK is one of the most expensive countries on the Planet.

Posted on 28 Dec 2011 08:30:58 GMT
Nothing to do with the UK being expensive in the case of 1s and 0s. If they charged the equivalent of $9.99 for a album over in the states they'd lose their customer base to the countless dubious downloading options. Perhaps UK customers are more honest or more paranoid about dodgy downloading? These kosha online outfits charge precisley what the market will endure and they are very savvy with the list price, with plenty of sales stats and things.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 09:03:51 GMT
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C. Jack says:
Yeah was wondering if it was as simple as that (or whether as with e-books tax came into it).

I've bought a few Amazon albums but they've been at around the US price and it seems bonkers to me to pay so much more for a digital format, especially when its hampered by only allowing you to download once and not being at 320k. If people are prepared to pay it though...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 10:24:42 GMT
Brass Neck says:
It's called market segregation - you make it well-nigh impossible to buy from an overseas branch of the same company and then fleece the customers of that selected market. If you have an Amazon UK account you simply won't be allowed to download from, same with iTunes. The same also applies to cars especially as UK is out of step with most of Europe in having right hand drive cars, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 12:41:05 GMT
C. Jack says:
Seems to apply equally to ITunes. Are you aware of any other service I could use that has prices more in line with the US?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 12:59:24 GMT
nephran says:
Wait for thems sales,buy thems cd,rip to thems computer in thems format of youses choice...That should thems do its!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 18:33:58 GMT
C. Jack says:
Yeah thats an option for sure, pity not to be able to just download the music directly though.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2011 02:21:27 GMT
CJU Burke says:
Dear C. Jack.

Use MP3 Panda - they're the same cheap price anywhere - and NO, I Don't work for them!

Yours respectfully

Christopher Burke

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 19:48:00 GMT
Just to point out that sometimes it can be cheaper to buy the CD itself. I've done this many times and the audio quality is a lot better than an MP3. You can then rip at your own bit-rate if you want.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2012 11:14:40 GMT
C. Jack says:
Ta for the recommendation, will give it a look.

Posted on 2 Jan 2012 19:03:40 GMT
I. Gude says:
Yes, but unfortunately MP3 Panda isn't legal in the UK, as they don't pay the requisite royalties - hence why they are so cheap. You may as well download from Usenet free.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2012 15:21:45 GMT
Welcome to rip off Britain. Everything is more expensive here. We have virtually no market regulation so people get bled for as much as humanly possible by the people with the means of production. Don't even begin to talk about petrol pricing here...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 19:05:03 GMT
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Hey there, I had a look at this site and its amazing. But it says you need an invite to sign up. Any chance you could help me out please? MP3 Panda i mean :)

Posted on 8 Jan 2012 23:08:26 GMT
CJU Burke says:
I. Gude, you have to pay to be a member of Usenet! So it isn't free. By hunting, you can often find the music free (BEEMP3 is a good site for that) or you can record the stuff yourself off Spotify, I simply find MP3 Panda's a good, cheap site - if its British legality's questionable, you don't tell anyone and I won't either, k?

Yours respectfully

Chris. (a.k.a. ulrichburke)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2012 16:45:22 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 12:35:32 GMT
speaktorob says:
MP3Panda is part of a larger group of various different sites that all operate under the same pretense - that they are legal music downloading sites. They are only legal in their country of origin, whatever it is. Allegedly Russia but I can't verify that. You can go to one of their fake "review" sites to see what I mean - try All of the "Click here to visit" links on there go through a related website before redirecting...

Anyone that gives their credit card details to a shady group of sites like this is mad if you ask me. And no, British legality is not "questionable" - it /is/ illegal.

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 13:02:21 GMT
speaktorob says:
In fact! I can't believe I forgot about how sites like this came to be. Go to the wikipedia article for

No doubt the ring of sites around have sprung up in the wake of the closure of AOM.

/unverified conjecture

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 13:27:11 GMT
B. Strong says:
for heaven sake can't you write in proper English...your 'so-called' style is irritating and nonsensical.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012 14:32:30 GMT
VAT in the UK is 20%, far higher than the sales tax in the US.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 11:34:51 GMT
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I regularly use Amazon. However, the following site offers advice and reviews on various MP3 legal download sites for anyone who is interested -

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 16:48:34 GMT
speaktorob says:
@Red_Rose_Mike : That "review" site is part of the same group of websites. Going there for reviews is like asking a Microsoft employee if Windows is the best operating system.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 00:29:49 GMT
nephran says:
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Posted on 19 Jan 2012 11:46:43 GMT
Mr. M. Leacy says:
I wouldn't go near any of these dodgy Russian based sites. I made the mistake once about 4 years ago of giving over my debit card details. I'd rather pay a genuine site like Amazon or itunes a bit more than have my card ripped off and money stolen.
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