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Thursday, January 18, 2021

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Attention, senior citizens of America: Next time you make a run for the (northern) border for your discounted meds, make the most of your trip and pick up an iPod Nano or two for the grandkids.

Sound like an expensive proposition? Actually, you can’t afford not to splurge on the kids! According to a newly-instituted purchasing power index, Canada is the cheapest place on the globe to buy the ubiquitous MP3 player.

Along the lines of the Big Mac index launched 20 years ago by The Economist magazine, the survey prices the 2GB Nano in U.S. dollars and found Brazilians pay the most for an iPod, shelling out $327.71, well above second-placed India at $222.27.

Canada was the cheapest place to buy a Nano at $144.20, while Australia ranked 19th at $172.36, cheaper than Germany ($192.46), France ($205.80), South Korea ($176.17) and China where the machine is manufactured. The U.S. was fourth cheapest at $149.

Looks like border-crossing officials are going to have to start eyeballing what’s attached to drivers’ earbuds, before this gets out of hand.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/18/2007 10:23:00 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Tech, Business
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