Is the apple store much cheaper than other channels?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Lollypop, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    After a week apple distributors here in South Africa finally acknowledges the existence of the Mac mini and iPod shuffle.

    The thing that I would like to know is how much more expensive is non-apple retail channels that the apple store in your areas? The cheapest store I can find over here is, it has the Mac mini listed for R4579, converting that back to dollar the smallest Mac mini cost $750. I know there are cost involved in getting it here ect, but $250, how does that work???
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    In the UK the Apple Store is no cheaper than any other store (for Apple products). In fact all stores seem to charge within a couple of pounds of each other.

    Apple products are more expensive in the UK than a direct $=>£ conversion from the US Apple Store would indicate. This is because of tax :(. Prices in the US are quoted without any sales tax (local or state). In the UK prices are quoted with all sales tax added (17.5% VAT). This accounts for a lot of the difference.
  3. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    but if you go to oregon then theres no sales tax :)

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