Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Avoiding Paralells price gouging

Paralells makes a virtual machine software for the Mac, called Paralells Desktop. They said I needed to upgrade their product to before upgrading to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite (although it seems they may have been lying).

The upgrade price in the US is $50, but if you're located in Europe they charge you $76 for exactly the same thing. Not a respectful way to treat your customers to charge 50% more for a download depending on where you live. (Note - it's not just the VAT).

So, the way to avoid paying their EU surcharge is to use a free web proxy like www.webproxyusa.com. Go to the site, enter "http://www.parallels.com" in the web address box, and navigate to the download you want. Note: don't enter any credit card details using the web proxy since it circumvents encryption. But enter your e-mail address and pay by Paypal. It's OK to enter an EU address. The price ended up being $59.41 including VAT.

There you go - save some money!

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