Is the apple store much cheaper than other channels?

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

  1. Lollypop macrumors 6502a

    Lollypop

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    #1
    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 www.zastore.co.za, 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

    robbieduncan

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    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

    virividox

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    but if you go to oregon then theres no sales tax :)
     

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