European prices for the iPod touch 4

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by idealcrash, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2007
    Hi, I don't know if anyone's noticed but the European prices for the new iPod touch are kind of insane. Check this out:

    Apple US: 8GB 229$, 32GB 299$, 64GB 399$
    Apple Belgium: 8GB 239 EUR, 32GB 309 EUR, 64GB 409 EUR
    Apple Belgium USD equivalent: 8GB 306$, 32GB 396$, 64GB 524$

    Which basically means that, for example, not only does the 32GB iPod cost more than 30% more in Europe, but the 64GB iPod touch is more expensive in Europe than the entry-level iPad is in the US!
  2. macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    Well yes, but then the Belgian economy isn't subsidized by China & co either.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    In the heart of Europe
    That's the way it always was. You have two options: either accept it or buy one when you are in the US ( or may be order one from the US, but I am not sure how high the shipping costs are plus other factors - customs charges etc.)
  4. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    There's never been a 1:1 pricing parity between the US and the rest of the world, but doing a quick google, it looks like at least 21% of the price difference for Belgium is the VAT. Apple prices listed in the US do not include any state, city or local taxes.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2007
    You are right about VAT, but usually the European prices took into consideration the exchange rate as well. So for example until now if an iPod Touch was, say 299 USD in the US store it would be 249 EUR in Europe (still more expensive in Europe, but a lower nominal price tag taking into account the euro/dollar difference - I'm approximating from memory since I can't find the exact pricing data). Now this is completely reversed, ie 299 USD is 309 EUR. It would be striking even if the currencies were at parity, but the euro has been about 20% more than the USD on average for the last 3 years or so.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    someones gotta pay for all those new apple stores in europe. Rent ain't cheap
  7. macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    VAT, Import Duties and Copyright Levies that some European countries apply to devices like the iPod Touch. When you add them all together then the pricing is not bad at all.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2008
    Ipod touch on sale from tomorrow, ships within 2/3 weeks in uk.
    (not mentioning name until i have ordered mine)
    Prices approx
    8 GB = £152
    32 GB = £234
    64 GB = £306
  9. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Try living in Canada buddy. The prices are at least 20-30% higher here and I am an hour away from the US! When our dollar was even with the US dollar 90% of canadians were in the US buying things. For example a new Xbox game here csots 69.99, in the us its 59.99. Macbook on $999, $1049. Car dealers are not even legally aloud to sell to Canadians anymore, they will lose their car dealership. On black friday all of the northern states are bombarded by Canadians lol.
  10. macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    LOL. Try being a Jamaican, buddy.

    229 US dollars = 19494.77 Jamaican dollars.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    It's not so bad. Right now the American iTouches are 229, 299, and 399. The Canadian prices converted to American dollars are 245, 314, and 423. Compared to Europe, we're doing pretty good. I mean, twenty American bucks isn't nice, but like you said, we can drive for an hour and save it.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    Price listings on the US store don't include taxes like VAT, as these differ from state-to-state. These taxes are no doubt added later on in the purchasing process, like after you've put your address in.

    That's why US prices always seem to be vastly cheaper than say, in Europe.

    People in the US (after taxes have been added) do pay very slightly less than others, but it's not really a difference worth taking note of.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Oct 26, 2008
    Most excellent reply.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2010
    In Germany it's $=€... exept if you buy it of amazon. Then it is 10€ cheaper.
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Stop complaining.

    Canadian prices are more outrageous. $249 for an 8GB, since I live in Ontario, I have to pay a 13% tax which means the grand total comes to $281.37... I forgot about the recycling fee too... :rolleyes:

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