Buying in the USA

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by acearchie, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    Last year i went to new york and bought my shiny fantastic new powerbook G4 there! now almost 2 years on I am doing the same thing, but I recall that the price on the american site was not the price I paid in the shop becuase of tax. Can anyone tell me what this is?

    I tried it at 17.5% but i only make a saving of liek £50,

    but I made considerably more in a saving last year but the exchange rate is higher now!!!

    Thanks!
     
  2. foidulus macrumors 6502a

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    Every state has a different tax rate and sometimes even cities have different tax rates, New York City has an 8.3% tax.
     
  3. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Jump on a bus to Boston make your way to the Rockingham New Hampshire Apple store max out your cards and bus back,no sales tax.
     
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    also be careful when traveling home. depending on where you live custom might charge you your countries sales tax. so don't advertize to them that you're importing a new computer.;)
     
  5. daneoni macrumors G4

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    You also pay the draft n fee to get n capabilities in your Wi-Fi when you get back.
     
  6. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeh I came upon this last year! I made sure I was extra specially careful and threw away all the boxes etc!

    So from this do you mean that if a laptop is advertised on the american apple site for $1000 i add 8.3% to that if I buy in america but 0% if i buy it in boston?

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  7. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Not Boston across the border in New Hampshire .Salem it's a short train ride then taxi walk whatever,I did it and didn't save a huge amount of money but it was a adventure.
     
  8. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

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    But i suppose if i am planning on buying a new laptop and maybe a couple of video ipods that 8.3% will make a difference right?

    Btw your still not quite answering my question,

    That 8.3% is put ontop of the price on the apple site, right?
    And in new hampshire I pay exactly the same price as the apple site?

    Thanks!
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Yes, and yes.

    There are other places with Apple stores that have no sales tax, like Delaware, if you're going to be closer to Philadelphia....

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  10. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    throwing away the boxes maybe not enough. im a german citizen but live and work in boston. when i travel to germany once in a while the customs officers check out my luggage (~1 in 50 chance to get checked!) and then they will charge 16% sales tax on all equipment bought in the US up to 3 years old:rolleyes:

    only the fact that my passport shows that i have NO RESIDENCY in europe gets me off the hook and i don t pay anything.

    they assume that a notebook with 110V powersupply and american keyboard is bought in the US. so removing all boxes and sending the reciepts separately by mail to your home adress doesn,t help!:eek:

    as for the prices: for a $1000 laptop the charge you $1083 in New York store, $1050 in Boston and $1000 in New Hampshire.

    For $50 savings i don't drive to New Hampshire becuse with costs for Gas it's not worth it. For a $2500 MBP and 3 iPODs it is definately worth it.


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