CAD at 90+ rather than 75 lately,
At present the AUD is trading at 80c in the US dollar. Now while 20c mightn't seem like a lot, it soon mounts up on larger purchases, so you can well imagine PC component prices when we were trading at just on 50c - 55c in the USD... even on *say* Gigabyte motherboards for Taiwan, because (just like oil) USD is the recognised/accepted currency.
Which reminds me, commerce never had a knack for timely but fair adjustments to pricing variations
As was proven with my purchase of the Phenom II! It was manufactured and shipped in April 2009, purchased in May when the AUD was trading at 74c... yet I paid the (old stock) February price when it was trading at below 55c. Had the saving been passed on, I would have paid around AUD $270 ish and not the $330 retail price... 310 with store discount for valued customers. And like the store owner explained, his markup was less than 5%, so somebody is profiteering bigtime.
Strangely, even the US tried that gimmicky process on our Lumber under free-trade agreements. I guess they couldn't keep their word and that their signature is still worthless.
Ah yes, the 'Free Trade Agreement"!!! When John Howard was 'trying' to negotiate that for Australia, opposition to it came crawling out of the woodwork from all over, for that very reason.... that we'd get screwed. And sure enough, with the Oz dollar never on a par with the greenback (and deliberatley kept that way), that's exactly what's happening.... we are paying more for imported goods and getting less for our exports, given that the USD is the accepted currency, even in Asia. Of course that's not the only reason we pay more... we have our own profiteering Capitalist pigs who seek constantly to screw their own people.