Why Does it Cost More to Ship Nothing?

01 Dec 2007

So, my Aperture trial period has expired and I’m ready to buy the software.

If I buy a boxed copy from Amazon, it costs $239 with free shipping.

But it would be nice if I could just buy a license and not have to get anything shipped — just buy a key that doesn’t require that anyone ship a physical box and media around.

From the Apple Store, that costs $299 — $60 more for the privilege of shipping no physical artifacts around whatsoever.

OK, so I’m determined to do the right thing — not use fossil fuels needlessly and all that.

Then I get to the checkout on Apple’s site and they are going to charge me tax, which Amazon won’t. So that’s $316.94 to buy a license key as opposed to $239 from Amazon.

I had budgeted $250 for Aperture. That’s $66.94 over my budget.

Why am I punished for trying to save carbon?

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