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Germany increases tax on flash storage by roughly 2,000%

By Matthew
Jun 7, 2012
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  1. Germans can expect to pay a hefty premium on USB drives and memory cares as the nation raises taxes on flash storage by roughly 2,000%, according to Heise Online (translated)....

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  2. That's David Orcus!
     
  3. Taxation without representation - pass a tax unopposed and then let the taxed defend themselves afterward, which is quite the uphill battle.
     
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    Wow. This is one of the most rediculous things I've heard in a while.
     
  5. Mantrhax

    Mantrhax TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Bullshit...Big companies are trying to dominate the whole world... its time to fight back !
     
  6. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Since the European countries adjacent to Germany are all within a few hours driving range, no German in his right mind, will pay these ludicrous taxes.

    I see a new Business model forming for the Balkan countries.
     
  7. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    No doubt that it's ridiculous, but you're gonna drive 2 hours to save a dollar tax on a USB drive? Doubt it.
     
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Then don't buy their stuff. The problem is, it's easy to talk big, but much harder to put down that iPhone. Of course, we could stop stealing music and movies, but it's much easier to just complain.

    No kidding... I'll save my energy to complain about something that matters. Had this headline read 'increases tax by 2 bucks' no one would care, but 2000% LET's RIOT
     
  9. Actually the "Companies" are against this tax.
     
  10. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Problem is not in "complaining", but in the inequitable effect of the tax. It actually achieves the exact opposite of the desired effect. Simply because it blankets the pirates and honest consumers alike, it increases the willingness of the average consumer to steal - he/she already paid for it!
     
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Nothing to see here, just artists greed move on.
     
  12. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    How about purchasing them online from companies outside of Germany? Seems like it might be a way to circumvent this craziness.
     
  13. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    Not even close, the artists will never see a cent of that money. It's the music distributors thats the giant *******s here. Just because they where the only ones in the 60-90's that could do it they got REALLY comfy and REALLY rich. Never bothered to update their business model.

    Now any joe blow can record stuff in his/her garage and sell it on iTunes under their own name almost. The old business model is dying and now they revert to these underhaded BS tactics to milk everyone.
     
  14. Matt Tuchfarber

    Matt Tuchfarber TS Rookie

    @Cota Please don't call this artists' greed. The artists make no money off of this. It's all for the recording business to raise their bottom line. This money wouldn't help pay off the money that the recording artists owe the labels.
     
  15. yes let's invent new taxes to save a failing business model.
     
  16. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Seems like the govt is tight on cash and needs the ever popular flash storage to help boost their reserves..... eh, w/e
     
  17. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    LMFAO!! All I see here is, boohoo things are going to cost more for german ppl. They alreday pay around 21% in taxes for any product in their own country. The German Govt. lumping both pirates and consumers together makes perfect sense. If you cant stop the piracy, make everyone pay a high price for the media device. Much like the US did raising the costs of Ammunition for guns. Cant stop the crazy ppl from shooting each other, and since you cant tell who the crazy ppl are, everyone pays. Thankfully they keep comming out with higher and higher gig memory cards and flash drives.
     
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    I saw this, and I was like, who the hell thought this was a good idea?
     
  19. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 528   +36

    Think about it. If a tax like this is okay to pass then what else could they get away with? It's not about the fact that it's just an extra $1 you're paying. It's about the fact that once they see that the people won't complain they'll just find other things to tax. And the tax isn't even going towards something that will benefit the people of Germany or even the artists (if what the article claims is true). So go ahead and complain about more important matters.

    BTW, don't blame artists. They work for their pay just like you and I.
     
  20. I thought I was seeing things for a minute there, but this is real??? poor germans, there government is doing stuff as crazy as the American gov.
     
  21. Just puyrchase from elsewhere and the companys involved will move offshore it is a pretty simple answer to a scheme that is without merit by germany.
     
  22. I hope you are kidding!!! This is the greed of the recording industry and they will not pay the artists...
     
  23. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Bullshit. It's the copyright owners' greed. They are generally NOT the artists. Copyright law has been distorted past recognition since RIAA and other lawyer-run extortion vehicles sensed a threat to their gravy train. Ever more successful music acts are getting away from those people if they're not locked in by contracts, and the midlist artists are going to the Internet as well.

    To borrow from @Guest - I hope you were just trolling and not actually blaming the artists and their fans, who are the real victims of corporate greed and cold-eyed lawyers in this entire dispute.
     
  24. if I was a lawyer I would be hot eyed or end up like david orcus
     

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