Australian e-tailer Kogan announces 6.8% Internet Explorer 7 tax

By Matthew · 17 replies
Jun 14, 2012
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  1. Still surfing the Web with Internet Explorer 7? You'll probably want to update before shopping at Kogan, as the Australian electronics retailer has announced that it will penalize folks using Microsoft's obsolete browser. Customers who visit Kogan's site will see…

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +379

  3. love this
  4. John Senchak

    John Senchak TS Rookie

    All online sites that take credit cards should charge a Internet Explorer fee in my opinion
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    I think everyone should to this.
    allthough microsoft is gonna start whining about laws and such.
  6. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Even MS would back this :p they want people to upgrade from IE6 and 7 to the newer ones.
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +379

    That and if they could get a cut in on that tax revenue. =p
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Not a bad idea, I wonder if companies will start charging people for other 'older browsers' as well ....... by the way aren't they discriminating against MS by not listing IE9 in recommendations?
  9. Guys the whole thing is a marketing stunt, no company would do this unless they wish to go bankrupt.
  10. Nice! One less retailer to check for a good deal.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Sooner or later, I wouldn't be surprised if if this becomes more of a reality in terms of certain browsers not being let onto certain hotspot or wifi networks. If a browser is deemed too much of a security risk, or even just a burden to support, they just won't let devices using such a browser log on. Or even operating system.
  12. Ahhhh, you don't really know how Kogan operates,He honestly wouldn't give a rats
    arse if you didn't buy from him.He has stirred up alot of Hate in the retail world,especially
    the older electronic retailers.Clever boy though!
  13. Hilarious, although its sad to think people are so oblivious to the fact that the browser they use is causing more harm than good. Nice to see its a joke in the end too.
  14. cruza9

    cruza9 TS Rookie

    So, how much money are they getting from Google, Mozilla, Apple and Opera? This way I can do the same with my YouTube videos and get some cash.
  15. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    What you all seem to not realize, this is going to hurt the elderly the most. Yea its nice and all that YOURE tech savvy. But Grandma and Grampa arent. Most elderly PC users barely know how to use the older software as is. Now they are going to penalize ppl who arent up to date on the current software. Maybe a little effort on our part and go visit grams and gramps and help them by making sure their software is updated. Just my 2cents.
  16. Mmm, wonder how long before the local retailers take up the idea and run with it...say a 5% surcharge for paying with cash.
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Firstly, learn to spell -_-. Secondly, Microsoft websites a few years ago would deliberately serve wonky CSS files for anyone that was using a non-IE browser. These included using widely negative dimensions and placement values so the web-pages in question would seem broken in any browser that was not IE.

    So in regards to Microsoft complaining, they would be just reminding everyone of a ****-move from them they would rather forget...
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    in that post it got to a point where (I was typing for a while on my laptop keyboard off to the side of my monitor, which was difficult) that I was so tired backspacing and making corrections that I just said screw it and typed the post.

    I didnt really think about it at the time either, it was early in the morning. More I thought about it, the more it makes sense. so...yea.

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