Need advice! For buying mac in US And ship to europe

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dems133, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    i am looking for a laptop a long time.
    I decided to buy a beatiful MacBook (Pro)
    in europe they are really expensive,
    and i want to buy in US and ship it to europe
    how can i buy a MacBook as cheap as possible?
    Need advice!!

    Thanks

    ps: maybe someone could buy at macconnection.com and send it to me and i'll give you 50-70 dollar?
     
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    opeter

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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh sorry in dutch is it: Verenigde Staten
    in english: united states : US
     
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    juanm

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    You'll end up paying a hefty sum in taxes... (your VAT + customs expenses). Unless it's really an awesome deal, get it 2nd hand in Europe.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    your VAT + customs expenses, how much percent is that??
     
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    pol0001

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    If you are looking for a cheap MacBook, A-Mac.nl is currently having a sale for the Classic MacBook for € 799. They have locations in Utrecht, Amersfoort, Den Bosch and Eindhoven. Might be an option for you.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    799 for the old MacBook.
    If someone could buy just at a Apple store it Will be 677, for the new one
     
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    juanm

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    It depends. In Spain the VAT for computers is at 16% + about 10% in other customs expenses. In France the VAT is at 19,6%. I dunno about NL.
    Also, you'll be paying this percentage on the price of the item AND the shipping costs.

    For laptops, unless you've got a friend coming over from the US or some great 2nd hand deal, it's not worth it...
     
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    cdcastillo

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    You need a friend in the US that is going to travel to the netherlands to buy it there and bring it to you (that way you don't pay taxes since the traveler can claim it was previously his). Otherwise, even if you somehow avoid paying taxes, it is pretty expensive to ship it over the atlantic.

    Sorry mate, I'm afraid you're out of luck any other way.

    And I agree, they are pretty expensive here in europe, ALMOST at a dollar per euro. I've always bought my macs in America (but I've lived there most of my life), and if I need an accesory, I wait till I travel back to visit and get it there.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How does the custom house find out that I send a Macbook?
    Do they turn out my packet?
     
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    In most countries, the recipient has the obligation to legally declare what it is that they have just received, otherwise, the object is retained in customs and will not be shipped to the the address specified. Once again, law differs accross nations, so you should check yours.
     
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    Eraserhead

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    Are they cheaper in the UK? I'm pretty sure you're allowed to buy it in the UK and ship to the Netherlands without tax - its part of the common market...

    Legally of course you'd need to check that is allowed.
     
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    Umbongo

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    It's not tax free, you just don't pay VAT twice.
     
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    OllyW

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    You are correct, you pay VAT at source and there are no other taxes to pay.
     
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    Macky-Mac

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    Shipping companies (including the post office) will require the person sending the package to fill out a customs declaration when things are sent to another company

    In addition to VAT to be paid to your country, there's sales tax in the USA plus the cost of shipping.
     
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    And if you try to sneak it through without paying customs taxes and they find it, you will be in worse trouble than just paying the tax.
     
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    Eraserhead

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    Given that the exchange rate is €1.1=£1, it looks like the MacBook Pro will be considerably cheaper to buy in the UK...
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    Stop trying to game the system.

    Look you can't game the system. There's this crazy thing called tax here in the United States that we pay on top of our purchases so prices seem lower and if you order it online you by law need to pay taxes as well However in your country the VAT is already added in, thus the seemingly discrepancy between the two countries in prices. Furthermore Apple does not peg prices to the currency or they would have to change daily, they peg prices on how much it costs to do business in your country. Now if you have a higher VAT + higher wages, etc for the employees in your country the product will cost more. If you bring it in without paying customs duty you are breaking some fairly serious laws. So it's not Apple being mean to you it's the cost of doing business elsewhere. So more dumb threads about how do I get it cheaper, you don't. You move to the US and pay less for your MAC and a higher cost of living for everything else or you pay your higher VAT and enjoy the benefits of that.



     
  21. macrumors member

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    I used to do this for several friends when I was working in Maastricht. I would fly home (US), buy their laptop, put it into my laptop bag (its a large beat up roller computer bag), and fly back to NL.

    If you have a friend that's going to the US or going to NL, then have them do that. Otherwise, you will pay a lot of money in taxes when you ship it.

    If *you* are flying to the US, bring a used (and beat up) empty laptop bag with you, put your new computer in there, and mail the receipt to your house.

    Veel geluk.
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Apple charges more for it's product in Europe (and most countries) because it wants to, not because Europeans make more money than Americans... Actually if you check purchasing power parity, dutch people have less buying power than Americans.

    http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DATASTATISTICS/Resources/GNIPC.pdf
     
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    skubish

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    People don't realize that VAT is included in the price in EU whereas the sales tax (VAT) is not included in the US because it varies by state.

    899 Euro MB in the Netherlands (19% VAT)= 755 euros without VAT
    755 Euros = $1110 US.

    $111 is not worth it when you consider shipping.
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    Dont buy a macbook from USA, the keyboard is American layout.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    It doesn't matter if there's a US English layout... you can change out the keyboard so that the key caps are "correct". Or you can just change the keyboard layout in the preferences panel and memorize the "new" layout. Or change the keyboard layout and add stickers to the keys.
     

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