UK new PB Combi buyers: US/UK price difference is amazing...

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  1. unregbaron macrumors regular

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    I'm sure you're aware already but it weak dollar means a 15"PB in US is at least £600 ( $1098 ) cheaper than buying here - means it would pay for a weekend in the big apple!
     

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  2. Pseudonym macrumors regular

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    You could always fly over and pick one up. Even with the VAT you'd be in profit.

    Seems the perfect excuse for a weekend in NY to me:)

    On a more serious note the whole US/UK pricing things bugs me, but I guess I have just got used to it now. Seeing everything is shipped via pretty well every country in the world there is little argument for the difference. I'd be happy with about a £100 markup to take account of fluctuations in the exchange rate.

    But that's life:rolleyes:


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  3. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget that UK prices include VAT but US prices do NOT include local sales taxes, as I believe they vary from State to State.
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  5. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    Still works out much cheaper with tax, but that's the way it is. Also beware you have to put up with those horrid US keyboards (IMO)!
     
  6. Pseudonym macrumors regular

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    Good point. Out of interest, does anyone know roughly what the state taxes are?
     
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    there are 2 states without sales tax, i think alaska and oregon...to bad they are on teh other coast!!!
     
  9. 27407 macrumors member

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    In texas sales tax is 8.25%... 4 does not sounds too low for NY.
     
  10. Pseudonym macrumors regular

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    Oh man, high taxes and expensive computers! What do we get in return? David Dickinson!
     
  11. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    It's true. UK has far more tax than the US. Not only 17.5% VAT on all our goods but so many other stealth taxes too!

    Unfortunately, the UK is just expensive anyway... :(
     
  12. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    how about 22% VAT in finland?

    i'm currently buying a 15" SD powerbook and with a single sodimm 1GB memory / 60GB hd. here the thing costs 3600eur, which translates into 4600usd. same config in apple.com US store costs 3000usd, so all in all i have to pay 53% extra.

    not funny.
     
  13. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    I think that really warrants a holiday in the States..
     
  14. m2uk macrumors regular

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    JFreak.. just hope you don't have to send any repairs to Machuolto in Hki... About five weeks for my G4 and 23" screen from local dealer to MH and back again..

    I think our American friends would have a fit.. five days seems too long for sure !

    Wonder if the prices are cheaper in Estonia?
     
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    IIRC New Hampshire and Delaware don't have sales tax either
     
  16. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    auch, that sucks. but the prices of apple hardware suck way more...

    estonian prices would be interesting to find out. maybe there are some mafia-supplied stores that can offer stuff for really good prices :) oh well, maybe i just pay what is asked for and get a legal 'book.
     
  17. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    for NYC (and not NY), i think there are two taxes... city and state. so 4% may have been just the city tax. it does sound a bit low... neighboring NJ is 6%...

    i wouldn't be surprised if it's 4% for the city, another 4% for the state..?
     
  18. verloren macrumors newbie

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    On the other hand there are many more 'fees' over here I think. For example, the $14.90 I pay for local phone service comes out to $23.46 once all the fees are added on.

    The US is still cheaper, yes, but not as much as it first appears.
     
  19. kanker macrumors 6502

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    Remember, we revolted because of a half percent tax (among a few other things). ;) The other thing is that we have national, state, and local income taxes (most places at least), and a whole bunch of other hidden taxes on things like petrol (price includes national and state taxes) and tobacco (same). Makes up a lot of the VAT difference.
     
  20. rdas7 macrumors regular

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    Re: UK taxes

    Although we are paying such high taxes here in the UK for everything, it does take some of the sting out when you look at what the government spends it on:

    There is a stellar public transport system, top notch railways and airports. Quality of life is so much higher, less traffic & congestion and certainly better value for money (that price difference for the PowerBook will get you a proper UK keyboard layout, after all...)

    Not to mention the weather: who would *choose* to live anywhere else?

    ;)
     
  21. Pseudonym macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: UK taxes

    Yeah true. And there's our lovely royal family and those cheeky cockney chappies who so politely clean your windscreen for you and refuse any payment. And our super airway buses pulled by large flying pigs:D
     
  22. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I just went on to CompUSA, selected an item, entered a New York City ZipCode and checked out the Tax.

    It's 8.625%

    Cheers
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  23. purplehaze macrumors newbie

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    I know, the differences in price almost warrant a trip to the US straight away. I'll be switching as soon as the Powerbook G5 comes out and have been thinking of buying it in New York.

    I have a few questions, though...

    Isn't the AC adapter different? If that's the case, can you buy a converter or do you have to fork out for a new one in the UK?

    Are there any legal restrictions on buying electrical goods abroad? Should there be any problems with customs?

    If the powerbook was faulty, could I return to Apple in the UK or would I have to ship it over to the US?
     
  24. Pseudonym macrumors regular

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    The US tech specs give the line voltage as 100 - 240v so I guess you would be OK on that front.

    I'm not aware of any problems on importing electrical goods. I bought a CD player in Singapore once and brought it in OK. You would probably have to pay VAT on it when you get to customs.

    As to support, that would be worth a email to AppleCare to ask. If you live near an Apple Centre you could take it in there to be fixed, so I would have thought the warranty would cover that (there must be plenty of business travellers who would need that kind of cover).
     
  25. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    Well if you do buy it over there I THINK you can reclaim the sales tax at the airport.
    Of course if you decide to be nice and legal, declare it at customs and pay VAT on entering the UK , add on the cost of a UK AC unit (much nicer than having to use an adaptor on the US one) plus add on the cost of your flight ticket to get you to New York in the first place, your net savings will not be that dramatic and you do end up with a US keyboard layout.
    Food for thought.
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