Buying from Apple Expo?

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  1. liketom macrumors 601

    liketom

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    I take it i can buy stuff from Apple Expo Paris , my question is .. do they offer any discounts and what about sales Taxes? do i get them off and pay when i get back to UK or do i get away scott free or VAT free lol

    note - want to buy 2 x iPod Mini's (me and the mrs)
    - Airport Express
    and maybe Final Cut Express 2.0 depending on price

    Ta

    Tom
     
  2. Mr. G4 macrumors 6502

    Mr. G4

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    Yes, usually they offer discount at the show floor.
    Not from Apple though. It will be from individual store-exposant though.
    In France unless you have a business you cannot buy anything without VAT, however, since you are from the UK, when you make your purchase you can ask them if they provide you paperwork that will exempt you from paying VAT in France and on your way back to the UK at the airport or before you go on the ferry go to the custom and claim your VAT. I do it all the time when I go to France.

     
  3. liketom thread starter macrumors 601

    liketom

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    many thanks looks like i will be getting some new toys then lol :D
     
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    france and UK both are in EU zone, so i don't think you can get a VAT refund?? maybe??
     
  5. Lewisham macrumors member

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    Yes. I was under the impression that being in the EU zone means that you don't have to pay tax at the time of purchase (unlike if you bought something in the US, you'd have to pay sales tax *and* VAT at customs), but you will have to pay your home country's VAT when you arrive back, if the goods are above the maximum price bracket. So Mr. Brown will still be taking his 17.5% cut, whereas he can't bust you on alcohol or cigarettes because they have a low unit cost.

    Chris
     
  6. Mark James macrumors regular

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    'Lewisham', eh?
     
  7. Lewisham macrumors member

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    No, not from London. Just matches my second name :D
     
  8. Mark James macrumors regular

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    You're lucky. There Can Be Only One, etc etc etc...
     

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