iBook - essential extras?

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  1. iAFC macrumors member

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    Hello everybody!

    I'm going to the USA in december and I'm planning to buy an iBook 12" for me. But before that, I want some help from you. What are the essential accessories I can't forget to buy? Does the iWork worth $79?

    It's my first time at the USA, and I want to know too if I have to pay extra taxes to bring the computer with me to Brazil. Somebody told me that the limit of products that you can buy there is $500, probably in order to prevent the tourists of buying cheap equipment and selling it in their countries. But the iBook would stay with me. Anybody knows how does this work?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    RAM, a nice protective sleeve, an external mouse, and an iCurve :D
     
  3. iAFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Its 512 MB RAM fits my needs. I don't need more than that. :)
    I was thinking about buying a Mighty Mouse. But I would only use the touchpad (the computer would rarely stay on the desk). :p
     
  4. c2104338 macrumors member

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    Well there's your answer- no mighty mouse.
     
  5. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I'd also say a protective sleeve is a must as well as iKlear. I didn't really bother w/ it for my PB but w/ my shiny white, show-all-fingerprints-iBook I feel like the iKlear is a 'must.'
     
  6. maddav macrumors 6502

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    Plenty of RAM and Microsoft Office are all I would recommend :p
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    RAM and a good case or Sleeve are the essentials
     
  8. Lucky8 macrumors regular

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    As long as you carry just the iBook alone (without the box), you should be fine going thru custom. Don't let them know you bought it in US. Tell them you brought it with you from Brazil.
    As far as iBook accesories : RAM, protective sleeve case and screen saver is a must.
     
  9. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    1. Protective sleeve and ram.
    2. Mail the empty box to your home from the US, along with all the discs, booklets that come with it.
    3. And if you just 'happen' to have a bit of paper on you with a picture of an apple and a price in Brazilian reals..............
     
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  11. iAFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Mail the computer? No, I don't think that's a good idea. A friend of mine who went through a similar situation, told me to bring the computer with me at the airport. When they ask me about the computer, I would have to say that I brought it from Brazil. But wouldn't they ask for a voucher?

    I think I will visit the travel agency tomorrow to get more info on that.
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    You misread stevep's post. He clearly stated:
     
  13. iAFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh yeah. Sorry! Now I can understand your point. I think that's a great idea.

    But, as you can see, my English isn't that good, so I can't understand what did he want to say with "3. And if you just 'happen' to have a bit of paper on you with a picture of an apple and a price in Brazilian reals". Could you explain me? Thanks!
     
  14. skubish macrumors 68030

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    He means a print ad or something off the internet that shows the price of the iBook in Brazilian currency (reals). I don't think that is really necessary though, just act let you brought the iBook with you and you won't have any problems.

    Note: It is not the US Customs that will ask you to pay tax. It will be the Brazilian Government.
     
  15. iAFC thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you guys for the help!
    At the end of the year I will return to this topic and you all will know if I made it. :p
     
  16. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    You can use a piece of 8 x 11 paper as a "protective sleeve", it's much cheaper too.
     
  17. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    Huh?
     
  18. panda macrumors regular

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    taxes

    not that unless you can buy it thru the mail, or in a state that does not have taxes, you will have to pay taxes in the u.s.. for example in nyc, there is a state and city tax, the total of which i believe is ca 10%.

    if you can have it shipped from/to somewhere, or buy it in a state without tax, then you will not have to pay this.

    important, you CANNOT have this tax back when you leave the u.s..whereas in europe you can.

    airport express is great and a must have accessory.

    you may need to change plugs, or use a little plug adapter to fit outlets in brazil. no need for converters, as the voltage changes automatically when plugged in.

    sounds like a fun mission.

    take the equipment with you, unpacked and send anything else you want home... invoices, cds etc.

    enjoy! :)
     

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