It was the same with the E8400s when they came out.
Looking at the $AU700, $AU70 of that is GST.
Take say 15% as a minimum profit margin (another $AU70) leaves about $AU560 as a wholseale price.
For some reason everything is more expensive here in Australia.
Intel manufactures these things in Malaysia not the USA so any excuses about shipping costs don't hold up.
Thinking that Intel probably has a 'blanket' pricing strategy that applies to all markets.
I'm not buying until the 'tick' cycle anyway at the end of next year. Plenty of time to save up.
The distributor's probably taking a bigger cut. Intel's wholesale price to distributors is about $AU330.
So if the distributor is selling to retailers at about $AU560, VERY expensive shipping.
$AU700 is therefore a good price unless the retailer really wants to shred the profit margin.
Besides it's $Au40 cheaper than the other Aus company listed in the OP. If you really want the chip a saving is a saving.
I saw a couple on 'Price Spy' yet when I click on the Intel link I get taken to AMD's home page.
They're probably sourcing direct from Intel.
Again I'll wait till the market price stabilises.
If you can get one at that price, please promise to use it for good .