Taxpayer funded marketing?

There's been quite a bit of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth about the fact that multinational megacorps don't pay tax, in NZ or anywhere else, really. And I think it's our fault. Because it's happening under our noses. Why don't we do anything? It's "because of the children"...

Today, Microsoft announced (via a range of affiliates) that they're donating "$625,000" to a number of schools

I asked them about how much of the "donation" is cash, and how much is Microsoft software, presumably valued at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP):

I found this response rather interesting:

Years ago, I wrote about this... Looks like not much has changed.

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