Global Marketplace? Hah!

Thought I'd post some news, but I've got a bazillion things to do tomorrow and have to turn in early, so here's a couple of things that annoy me about the way tech is sold these days:

  • So, the PSP is out in Europe, huh? Didn't see a single one at the mall where we had lunch today - that's Portuguese retail for you. Anyway, pfig bucked the trend and got a Nintendo - can't for the life of me figure out why.
  • A colleague of mine recently bought an HP printer, and it refused to accept the print cartridges. Turns out there is a region bar code printed on the plastic fascia with the button labels (actually, it's a plastic pattern, but you get the idea). If you're in a hurry and stick the Spanish fascia on your printer (or don't stick one at all), it will reject ink cartridges sold in Portugal (and state they're incompatible).
  • I have yet to see a single Mighty Mouse on sale. The joke going around these days is that the first Intel Macs will be on sale in Portugal by 2007, which is about when Dell is expected to set up shop here (they do a terrific job selling to corporates from their Spanish office, but as far as I know they're not selling to the public here).

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