October 25, 2006
Computer Shopping in Taipei
So I went looking at Mac Pros (yes, I've decided to switch back... a long story for another day). I went to an authorized dealer and asked (in Mandarin, of course, so I'm paraphrasing here): "So, is the price for the Mac Pro what is listed on Apple's website?"
"Yes," came the answer.
"So why should I buy it from you instead of buying directly online?" I'm fishing for a discount.
"Well, we could install programs for you."
"What do you mean? I thought everything comes installed and ready to use."
"Well, we could install Office for you, that doesn't come with it."
"You mean, the full version?" I asked.
"What about Photoshop?" I asked.
"Yes, that, too."
"So you can get me anything I want."
And I thought this type of blatant piracy is only available in China.