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SCEA 5 Part 1 voucher price

 
Sz Mihai
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I'm from Romania, and as the SUN.COM say we should/may buy the voucher from Greece Sun. I was very surprised to find that their price is bigger that the one shown here http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-052.xml .
More exactly 210 EUR (around 325 USD) instead of 200 USD.
Is it normal to have different prices with different SUN.COM branches, for same products?

What about with your country?

Sarcastic remarks:
- I don't know why I'm so confused when it is so "normal", as Balkan people have greater revenues than US citizens, or is this a way to "encourage" this part of world to go further with these high level certifications and get more an more ..clients.
- To not say that they have "cash only" policy, or the SUN people can't successfully apply the Section 5 from SCEA 5 Assignment Objectives to implement Credit Card or other modern payment for other countries than US (from J2SE 1.5 the US regulations are no more so strict with JCE usage outside US )?

I'm baadd, I know, but I'm not the only one.
I was so eager to get SCEA (5) certified, but 325$ instead of 200$, let's say the normal price, is at least ..ugly. With 125$ (difference) I would have bought at least two ePractice preparation packages .
 
Piotr Uryga
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I've heard (I wasn't trying to confirm it officially with Sun) that it's impossible to get examination using voucher bought in another country.
It can also be some urban legend, but if I were You, I would check it with Sun before buying voucher in US.

Price difference comes from very weak $, current exchange rate of $ to EUR isn't something normal. Maybe it will change in the future.

P.S. You won't get SCEA certificate after buying one voucher. You'll need 2 vouchers and assignment. After SCEA Part1 You won't receive certification pack.
[ June 13, 2008: Message edited by: Piotr Uryga ]
 
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Sz Mihai
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Piotr: please check http://www.sun.com/training/alternate.html for countries that are not here http://www.sun.com/training/world_training.html .
I'm sure that you will understand the difference.

Maybe I don't understand your idea but what I'm saying is:
- US SUN voucher price: 200 USD
- Greece SUN voucher price: 210 EUR
Using http://www.xe.com/ucc/ you can convert by your self to USD or other currency. (210 EUR is around 324 USD)
Why this big value difference between two SUN representatives for same product SCEA 5 Part 1 voucher ?

If anyone encountered this issue in it's country or "alternate country" please report here.
 
Piotr Uryga
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Sz, I'll put it this way:

Couple years ago, Sun vouchers were priced in Poland (where I live) in USD. Then when USD started to loose it's value comparing to EUR, Sun changed their voucher prices to EUR using exchange rate 1EUR = 1USD when in fact official bank exchange rate was 1EUR = 1,5USD.

Recently (I don't know exact date), Sun in Poland started to display vouchers prices in Polish currency - PLN. It's now 750PLN. It's 221 EUR or 341 USD.

Why they are doing this ?
  • to make more money ?
  • because they have to pay Prometric centers with local currency ?
  • because they have to pay their employees in f.e. Poland or Greece using PLN and EUR, not USD ?
  • because in Poland CX-310 voucher is worth 750PLN, not 200USD, and in Greece is worth 210EUR, not 200USD.


  • You have the very same issue with petrol prices, electronics and such stuff
    Once again: If You want to, You can try to buy voucher in US, try to register using this "US" voucher using prometric.com and get examination in test center in Greece. I can't guarantee this works, but You can at least try.
    GL
     
    Alex Sun
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    In Canada, the price is 300 US dollars as well.

    The only place I could find the price is cheaper than in US, it is China, the regular price there is about 200 US dollars, but a lot times, you can get a kind of promotion and only pay 100 USD for a test.
     
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