Your point being?
My point being that this has been discussed ad nauseam
every upgrade cycle and sporadically in-between.
And time and again, some kind and patient people would try to explain, in vain, how gravity works, and time and again bitchers and moaners would continue complaining why they can't reach the sky when they jump up.
I understand that you guys are "down under," but I didn't know that everything else there is upside down!? You guys stop education at the fifth-grade level? No one teaches Econ 101 there? I mean, even if everything is down under, upside down, inside out, reverse and opposite, 101 remains 101 even if you read it backwards, no? No one teaches basic economic laws? Or you were too busy surfing? You know, laws like demand and supply, if nothing else? Let alone the rest of the stuff, like income elasticity of demand, market size, group purchasing power, various fiscal and monetary systems, market segmentation and price discrimination, etc... Oh, and don't get me started on cherry picking: why is it that you people complain only about things that are cheaper here, never about stuff that is more expensive (health care, education, retirement, etc.)
No one mentioned that companies exist to maximize profit? And as much as we would want them to work for the world peace and universal love, that is not how the world works. I understand bitching and moaning about "evil corporations" and "greedy management", or any other combination of those four words. I understand. That is why we have hearts. But we also have another organ, though rarely used, a.k.a. brain, to tell us it has to be that way, up to a point. It has become equally boring paraphrasing Churchill: capitalism is the worst of systems, except for all the others.
There is one intelligent statement in you diatribe though: it is true that the only way to influence pricing policies is to vote with your wallets. Boycotts work. Especially combined with PR campaigns. So stop buying Adobe products. Companies will charge, and rightly so, as much as they can get away. Well, do not let them get away with it... stop buying. That is called demand, and companies understand changes in demand. But looks like you guys were quite ready to fork out whatever the price has been all this time. In other words, Adobe knows there is sufficient demand at that price in your market. Why would they change it then?
So, stop buying. Contrary to the popular belief, there is a competition and it is actually free: Gimp. Not at the same level, I hear you say, mate? Well, gee... let me see: you want the best product the humanity has come up with, but you do not want to pay the premium? Or, you do want to pay it, but the same premium for the market of 20+ millions as for the market of 300+ millions? It sucks, bro! Oopps, scratch that, let me rephrase: it sucks, mate!
As for charging Americans more, believe me, Adobe would if they could. They actually just did, effectively, by reducing upgrade cycle from the last three generations to the last one.