Buying PB 12'' in Argentina

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Arip, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Arip macrumors regular

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    Hi to all, this is my first post in here

    Im from Argentina (south america :p ), and im going for a PB 12''


    ive just read that there are almost 2 revs for the PB
    and i dont know, how to identify one from the other, and also, dont know the difference between both PB.

    Also wanted to know, if anyone of u can recomend or assist me on some issues i might be aware

    for u to know, in here, mac is really expensive.

    PB 12'' cost USD2100 tax included, but it worths every penny

    Thank u in advance, and sorry if i made a mistake on my english :D
     
  2. Arip thread starter macrumors regular

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    Also, i would like tu upgrade its RAM, but im not willing to pay USD330 for 1GB RAM Stick

    Is is possible to upgrade with hynix RAM?
     
  3. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Hi Arip and welcome to the forum:)

    To answer your questions, I think there are actually 5 revisions of the current 12" PB....and they all look the same. The difference is in the specs. So when you're buying your PB, make sure it is 1.5GHz if you want the latest model.

    As for RAM, I'm afraid I don't know what "hynix RAM" is but as a rule of thumb it is a lot cheaper to get your RAM from places other than Apple.

    Happy shopping!
     
  4. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

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    I can say that Apple uses Hynix ram. My Rev D. 15" PB came with a stick of 512mb of Hynix ram.

    When buying ram, its safer to buy ones with a longer or lifetime warranty.
     
  5. iAFC macrumors member

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    Apple products in Brazil are expensive even if compared to our argentinian brothers. Here a PowerBook 12" costs R$ 7.999,00 (USD 3,555.00). Mac mini starts at R$ 2.590,00 (USD 1,150.00). Our only choice to get our hands on a Mac is buying from an international store or during a trip to the USA.
     
  6. munkle macrumors 68030

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    That's one hell of a mark up, it'd be cheaper to fly to the US and buy your Macs there! And I thought us Brits had it bad.
     
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    Me parece que te compensa hacerte un viajecito a US y comprarte un PB alli!
     
  9. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    is that to do with some weird import law? i seem to remember some company in the early 90's making mac clones in brazil because they couldn't be imported from america...
     
  10. iAFC macrumors member

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    Import taxes are high, but not THAT high to justify Apple's prices in Brazil. I think Apple has an office in Brazil since 1990, but I'm not so sure.

    And javiercr, here in Brazil we speak Portuguese, not Spanish. ;)
     
  11. javiercr macrumors 6502

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    well, nobody is perfect ;) and the original post comes from Argentina :cool:
     
  12. Arip thread starter macrumors regular

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    si, pero si me traigo la notebook para argentina, en la aduana, el TAX es del 50% del valor de la notebook en eeuu


    for those who dont understand spanish :p , javier says that it would be cheapper to go to eeuu, buy it there, and bring it to argentina, but in customs, ill have to pay %50 of the retail price.

    iAFC, im :eek: with that price (USD 3,555.00)

    ps: Do u know the vehicle traking company, called Sascar? they are in Curitiba
     
  13. iAFC macrumors member

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    "Aduana" in Brazil is 50% over the exceeding value (you can buy 500 dollars in products when you travel abroad). For example: you buy an iBook in the USA for $1000. The exceeding value is $500 -> -50% = $250, here's the tax you gotta pay.
     
  14. japasneezemonk macrumors 6502

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    What if you didn't take the box for the iBook, then they would never know it was new. Could you probaly get away with the tax?
     
  15. Arip thread starter macrumors regular

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    the thing is like this (for at least in argentina, i guess in brazil is the same way):

    When u go out of the country, and u take a laptop, u have to declare it, and in customs, they write in ur passport, the s/n, model, and brand, of the laptop.

    Then, when u came back, u have to declare that laptop, cause if dont and in customs they see ur laptop, they make u pay the tax.
    it doesnt matter if it looks good or old, u have to had decleared it.
     
  16. iAFC macrumors member

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    It's exactly the same way in Brazil. I'll get an iBook during my trip to Miami in January 2006 and I will pay the taxes.
     
  17. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    That's insane!

    The current PowerBook line-up is a good value at a reasonable price, but
    there's no way I would spend that much for one there.

    For that price, I would Fly to Florida or some other duty free port
    and buy it there.

    Otherwise have a trusted friend gut an old PC tower, put the PowerBook inside and ship it as an old POS p/c needing repair.
     
  18. Arip thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, i just got my PB

    i couldnt be more IN LOVE!!!!


    its just soooooooooo beautifulll



    im now updating and going to bed, (cause its 3 am and gotta go to work in like 5hours)

    but its not easy to go to bed, and close my eyes, the PB wont let me :p


    couldnt be happier :D
     

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