BLUF: Is it ethical to ask about pricing and discount?
In March of this year, there was a discussion about the MT personal discount versus full price attendance. I was looking online today for training that would help the people in my group, and found a course that was interesing. There is a two-tiered system for pricing. There is nothing about the pricing being "personal" vs "company-paid" so this question doesn't quite fit into the thread I referenced; however, it was the fact that so many people seemed to think that asking about the discount was unethical that made me question my own choice in this particular case.
Essentially, if you are of the same nationality as the online-course creator, you can pay in your local currency. The amount if paid in the local currency is about 75% of the equivalent amount if paid in USD or EUR. About half of the people in my employ are from the subject country, so they could all easily pay the fee in their local currency and get it reimbursed (assuming we can't do a direct payment; no guidance from the website along those lines).
The subject country is one of those which has a decent economy, but a pay scale that is a fraction of that in the first world economies such as the US or many European countries. I believe this is probably the reason for the discount: The person or company expected to pay the price would have a hard time coming up with even the 75% amount in many cases. I have nothing but intuition-based conjecture to make that previous statement.
Is it ethical for me pay the decreased amount, indirectly, for anyone I might send to the training class? I was about to write an email to the site owner, but after the discussion on the Things I think I think thread from the subject, I was wondering if my self-made dilemma is similar to the discussion from TITIT? Without the TITIT discussion, I would have merely directed any of the eligible employees to take the discount.
TIA for any guidance or considered opinions on this topic,