Thanks for your response.
We don't have an amazon.com.au. Thanks for mentioning amazon.com as they do offer cheaper prices than recommended retail.
Obviously the postage and handling charges from the USA do contribute to increased costs and given the item is more than $1,000AUD, we have to add the imposition of Customs duty, our internal Goods and Services Tax at 10% and an import processing charge, but in this case it still works out cheaper to import from the USA.
I'll avoid Adobe and their Australian satellite company. I'm thinking the product is the same, it must be some internal cost structures, profit margin or marketing strategy that makes the difference in prices so ridiculous.
In regards to language, our only difference is traditionalists in Australia tend to want to use the UK spelling rather than the USA alterations. Software from the USA sometimes incorporates the choice of each of these two alternatives, but my current Adobe suite uses USA English, such as "color" versus "colour", and I live with it.
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