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Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: Ian Clarkson

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 15:08:02

Message: 1 of 6

"Murphy O'Brien" <murphyobrien@gmail.com> wrote in message
<fos6uu$3sj$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
>
> We need another matlab + signal processing licence. It is
a
> lot cheaper in the US, $2700 in the US vs $4000 + Tax in
> Ireland.
>
> I'll be in the US in the next few weeks. Does anyone know
> if there is anything unethical or illegal in me dropping
> into a store and buying a copy over in the USA to use
over
> here in Ireland?
>
> Murphy O'Brien
>
>

doubt it, although the massive price difference is a bit
baffling... go for it!

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: Ethan

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 16:11:02

Message: 2 of 6

From the license agreement:

Prices are per unit, listed in U.S. dollars, valid for program
installation and use in the U.S. or Canada only, and are
subject to change without notice.

I don't know why the price is so much more in Europe. The discrepancy is big
enough that it probably turns away customers. In addition, if your company is
transatlantic, the Europeans will ask the Americans to use something else
since they will not be able to share the code.

"Murphy O'Brien" <murphyobrien@gmail.com> wrote in message
<fos6uu$3sj$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
>
> We need another matlab + signal processing licence. It is a
> lot cheaper in the US, $2700 in the US vs $4000 + Tax in
> Ireland.
>
> I'll be in the US in the next few weeks. Does anyone know
> if there is anything unethical or illegal in me dropping
> into a store and buying a copy over in the USA to use over
> here in Ireland?
>
> Murphy O'Brien
>
>

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: roberson@ibd.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca (Walter Roberson)

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 16:26:53

Message: 3 of 6

In article <fos6uu$3sj$1@fred.mathworks.com>,
Murphy O'Brien <murphyobrien@gmail.com> wrote:

>I'll be in the US in the next few weeks. Does anyone know
>if there is anything unethical or illegal in me dropping
>into a store and buying a copy over in the USA to use over
>here in Ireland?

I believe that Matlab is not sold in stores (except for
campus bookstores selling student versions, and requiring
student ID for the purchase.)
--
  "Ignorance has been our king... he sits unchallenged on the throne of
  Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered
  legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat
  him." -- Walter M Miller, Jr

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: Murphy O'Brien

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 17:52:02

Message: 4 of 6

"Ethan " <emontag.nospam@leuzeusa.com> wrote in message
<fosgel$fvu$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> From the license agreement:
>
> Prices are per unit, listed in U.S. dollars, valid for
program
> installation and use in the U.S. or Canada only, and are
> subject to change without notice.
>
> I don't know why the price is so much more in Europe. The
discrepancy is big
> enough that it probably turns away customers. In
addition, if your company is
> transatlantic, the Europeans will ask the Americans to
use something else
> since they will not be able to share the code.
>
> "Murphy O'Brien" <murphyobrien@gmail.com> wrote in
message
> <fos6uu$3sj$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> >
> > We need another matlab + signal processing licence. It
is a
> > lot cheaper in the US, $2700 in the US vs $4000 + Tax
in
> > Ireland.
> >
> > I'll be in the US in the next few weeks. Does anyone
know
> > if there is anything unethical or illegal in me
dropping
> > into a store and buying a copy over in the USA to use
over
> > here in Ireland?
> >
> > Murphy O'Brien
> >
> >
>
>

So does that mean that when I go on a trip to the US, I am
not legally allowed to use Matlab on my laptop? That seems
bizarre!

Murphy

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: fburton@nyx.net (Francis Burton)

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 19:25:55

Message: 5 of 6

In article <fosgel$fvu$1@fred.mathworks.com>,
Ethan <emontag.nospam@leuzeusa.com> wrote:
>Prices are per unit, listed in U.S. dollars, valid for program
>installation and use in the U.S. or Canada only, and are
>subject to change without notice.

Possibly done, like DVD region coding, for sound commercial
(if not customer-friendly) reasons? What sayeth The MathWorks?

Francis

Subject: Matlab Cost: US vs Europe

From: Derek O'Connor

Date: 12 Feb, 2008 23:45:03

Message: 6 of 6

"Murphy O'Brien" <murphyobrien@gmail.com> wrote in message
<fos6uu$3sj$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
>
> We need another matlab + signal processing licence. It is a
> lot cheaper in the US, $2700 in the US vs $4000 + Tax in
> Ireland.
>
> I'll be in the US in the next few weeks. Does anyone know
> if there is anything unethical or illegal in me dropping
> into a store and buying a copy over in the USA to use over
> here in Ireland?
>
> Murphy O'Brien
>
>

I would like to make a general point : consumers in Ireland
have always been "screwed", either by producers, or
government, or both.

In the last 10 or 15 years it has got a bit better for
consumers, but not much.

Just one recent example : A friend of mine from Seattle just
brought me a "gift" of a Nikon Coolpix P5000. It cost him
$340 = 233 euros. The best price I could find in Ireland was
in the Argos catalogue : 500 euros.

Enough said.

Derek O'Connor

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