Apple is ripping off irish buyers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Geoff., Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Geoff. macrumors 6502

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    Well everyone using the euro.
    Ok just for a example i will use the new 13inch MBP.

    New MBP 13inch = $1199

    1 U.S. dollar = 0.71392875 Euros

    So.

    $1199 = 850.233€

    Yet apple charges €1149 :eek:

    This also means White macbook priced at $999 should be €708.409

    Brillant i just got tottally ripped off.
     
  2. InteriorDEV macrumors member

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    No, you didn't get ripped off.

    850 euros x 121% (VAT and import costs) = 1028.50 euros
    Add some shipping costs with it and give them at least a couple of euros profit and voila! 1150 euros.
     
  3. Geoff. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No your wrong VAT is already on the price. They add VAT at the order

    My laptop was something like 839€ with a Student discount and on the order page it showed 700 and something then VAT to make up the 839€

    So the macbook pros for euro should be 850€
    then when you go to the order page is shows it without vat and shows the vat to make the 850.

    We are cleary getting ripped off
     
  4. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    They did the same thing in Canada. The Canadian dollar has risen in value relative to the US dollar since October, yet while the US price dropped $100, the Canadian price stayed the same. The price for the 15" with discrete graphics actually went up. :mad:
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's not free to ship USA either...

    All Euro prices are much higher than USA prices.
     
  6. dejo Moderator

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    There's more to international trade than simple currency conversion and VAT. Plus, there's local market pricing to consider...
     
  7. Geoff. thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. MacScoob macrumors member

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    Come up north and buy in the apple store. With the strength of the euro against the pound you should save lots
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Ummm...no?

    You also pay more for petrol, milk and Ford Mustangs? Isn't this normal?
     
  10. dejo Moderator

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    And you have a right to that opinion. You also have a right not to buy a product that you think is overpriced. And Apple also has a right to charge whatever it feels the market is willing to bear.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If you think you're getting ripped off then don't buy one. Nobody's forcing your hand.
     
  12. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    +1 Hear, hear!
     
  13. johnmadden78 macrumors member

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    Sadly, it's consistent with overall Irish prices. By that logic I'd argue either nobody's ripping us off, or everybody is.

    There's plenty of legitimate (and less so) ways around this and getting a Mac at 'foreign' prices - even a drive up to the Belfast Apple store will probably save you a bit. Do some more shopping, take in a Giants game - make a day of it if it makes you feel better. :)

    I'm trying not to sound like an Apple apologist, but they're really not ripping us off, at least no more than anyone else. Comparison shop some Hilfiger or Timberland clothes if you don't believe me...
     

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