If you’ve ever lived in Australia before you would know that everything’s super expensive. Our houses are expensive, internet connections are expensive, utilities are expensive, food’s expensive, clothing’s expensive and it seems even things with very little cost associated to them, like digital downloads are also expensive.

I have no idea why everything is so expensive, but it’s really pissed me off lately. The most recent example of this was Amazon. I decided that I wanted to enter the world of online storage, seeing as I have a lot of data on my computer and I would be distraught if it all went away one day. Cloud hosting of data was an obvious choice as even if something was to happen to my computer here at our house, all my data would still be backed up.

After doing my research I saw that Amazon’s cloud storage solution was offering unlimited storage for $59.99 a year. I thought this was a great price and I decided this was the right solution for me. The only problem was that when I went to pay the only plan available for me to select that was even close was $500! I decided to contact Amazon customer support and I got the following response:

Hello Glen,

This is Jakes from the Amazon Cloud drive Team. From you email below, I understand that you would like to sign up for the Unlimited Everything storage plan.
While Cloud Drive is available worldwide, at this time access to The Unlimited Everything paid storage plans is only available for customers with accounts on Amazon.com (U.S.)
To upgrade your Cloud Drive subscription in this regions, you must have a local billing address in the same region. This is why you weren’t able to upgrade your Cloud Drive storage plan. I’m sorry for the inconvenience!

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Considering this is cloud storage – as in storage on the internet, there is no additional costs for Amazon to offer this service to people in the USA as there is to any other country. It’s farcical and it’s enough for me to not use Amazon again for cloud storage even if they do open it up to people outside of the use.

The whole thing annoyed me and I ended up using a different provider for my cloud hosting. It’s more expensive, but it offers a lot more features than the Amazon offering.