As someone who has also spent 'loads of time out in the USA' I would agree in general that prices of computer related products are much the same but if anything slightly cheaper in the UK. As for the other of your illustrations, its swings and roundabouts, some things are cheaper, some more expensive.
Originally posted by badgern
I spend loads of time out in the USA.. Well.. Florida anyway. I always go on the trail of cheap computer components but it seems to me that they're about the same price as back in the lousy old UK. At least your alcohol and tobacco are dead cheap.. and your cars, and houses, and food... wish I could get a visa..