what difference - us vs uk mbp keyboard ?

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  1. ianhhh macrumors member

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    jus realised could save 500 by nippin 2 th us and buying a mbp there but different keyboard.. how different? anyone post a shot of us keyboard?!
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  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Remember that the quoted US price doesn't include sales tax. Plus you will be required to pay excise duty when bringing it back to the UK.
     
  3. 00hkelly macrumors 6502

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    u'll have to pay vat if you get caught bringing it back over, i suggest trying to find someone with a higher education discount as there about the same as US prices
     
  4. blackscooby macrumors 6502

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    I use a Wireless US keyboard on my UK Macbook.
    No issues at all once you get used to the small CR key !
     
  5. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    not necessarily - just dump the box and say you had it with you on the way IN to the US :D
    how are they to know?
     
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The fact it has a US keyboard might be a clue :)
     
  7. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    like the customs ppl are gonna know the different keyboard layouts? :p
     
  8. bozigle macrumors regular

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    yes because they do spend all their (free) time on MR

    bozigle
     
  9. wiraone macrumors member

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    Been in and out of Manchester airport and I've never had any experience being stopped by the customs :)
     
  10. 00hkelly macrumors 6502

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    well it is their job...
     
  11. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Well, because the burden on proof is for you to show that you bought it in the UK rather for them to show that you bought it in the US.

    A consultant that we once had in was stopped at Customs once with regards to his relatively new company laptop (UK) and had to furnish Customs and Excise with his company's purchase order in order to show that it had had duty/VAT paid on it. I can't recall whether he was charged then and there or had an invoice mailed to him but he told the story with doleful face to anyone planning on shopping in NYC for cheap electronic gear.

    On the other hand, I know several more people who've got away with it ;)
     
  12. nutts macrumors member

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    I bought my 17" C2D MBP from an Apple store in Japan over Christmas, and I had no trouble getting them to replace the Japanese keyboard with a US one, throwing away the box, and bringing it back to the UK in a crumpler 'Sticky Date' bag (which I'd bought in the UK prior, and taken with me).

    If I wanted to be paranoid about customs I could have posted myself the manuals/install DVDs etc, but I didn't bother.

    I did exactly the same last year too, with a CD MacBook. Both times going through Heathrow.

    As for the differences in US/UK keyboards, I use the UK keyboard layout fine with the US keyboard on the MBP - it just shows a # where the £ should be, on the 3 key.

    One thing that's always bugged me about Apple keyboards is that the @ symbol is on the 2 key, even on their supposed UK keyboards. Why? So annoying!
     
  13. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    WTFF, you can save money with by buying wit a different keyboard layout?!?!?! why?!?!?
     
  14. nutts macrumors member

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    Who said that?

    The savings can be had by flying from the UK to another country (be it the US or Japan etc), as things are cheaper there than here in the UK.
    Especially at the moment with the UK pound so strong. I saved 23% over the UK price by buying my MBP in Japan, and more on top because I bought AppleCare as well :)

    And to clarify a point in my post, in the Japanese Apple stores they'll replace the Japanese keyboard with a US one free of charge; you just have to wait an hour for it to be done for you.
     
  15. blackscooby macrumors 6502

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    You can bring the following into the UK without attracting customs attention !
    "£145 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs."

    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channels...des&propertyType=document&id=HMCE_PROD_010220
     
  16. IT10 macrumors newbie

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    And IF you do get caught, a laptop attracts no import tax, just VAT at 17.5 of the purchase price.

    Although, a good way to minimise your chances of paying if you do get stopped -
    If you know you're gonna buy a laptop overseas, take a load of your own stuff - music, movies, photos etc - with you an a ext HDD or an iPod etc etc and put it on the new laptop before the flight back. Hey presto, instant 'old' computer with loads to data to etc to show prior use ;)
     
  17. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    This is interesting. Do they replace the keyboard perfectly without scratching the MBP? I know Japanese are very meticulous; so, I think there won't be a scratch. But, by simply looking at my US-bought MBP, replacing the keyboard does not look easy.
     

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