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Update on Korea's Microsoft pricing rally

Mar 24, 1999, 17:14 (1 Talkback[s])

Randy writes:

For continuity's sake, here's the only write-up in the on-line English dailies about yesterdays "massive" rally.

The Chosun Ilbo ran a picture on their home page with a brief write-up inside.

Yesterday's article in the Korea Times was not followed up today. The Korea Herald has not printed anything on-line since their initial report earlier in the week.

(opinion) MS's products are no more over priced here than anywhere else - some dollar/won conversions were printed in earlier press reports. The Chosun's printed price today is also in line with that:

a Win95 to 98 upgrade at ~1200 won/dollar...90$(retail) * 1200 = 108,000 won.

The vendors are pissed for two reasons: 1) because they are all Mon & Pop operations that don't get volume discounts, and 2) they are starting to get busted and closed down for piracy.

In fact, it's in today press about a crackdown in "unlicensed software use at public organizations and government agencies." See this story and this story, both in the Korea Times.