In other times (PRE PANDEMIC), to get great technology, it was necessary to100% right, well said. I was recently looking for a new laptop and was surprised by just how poor the choices are here. I am too ashamed to say what I eventually paid 100,000 pesos for. Let's just say it is nowhere near what I could get in the UK for less money.
Add to that something like this:And yet manufacturers do make different models for different markets, as an example compare the Philips 50PUG6654/78 (Brazil) and 50PUD6654/77 (Argentina). I'm not sure what the differences are, both are on sale here on Mercadolibre, the Argentinian model seems to support more video formats, maybe the ISDB-T decoders are different. I got the Argentian model, there's a risk of being bitten by some unexpected incompatibility if you buy a model for another market.
Some of those BLACK FRIDAY WalMart TV specials are dumbed down to get an attractive price point for the event.
And if that's not enough, an additional retail trick is for a manufacturer of a popular item to make the item specifically for a large buyer / retailer that has a restrictive price match or price beat policy. The retailer requires a unique model number so that price match requests can be dismissed when they are called out. They can simply say to the customer, it's not the same model and our price match policy is very specific as it has to be the same model as the competition.
It's a war out there and we, as consumers could be, should be treated better.