Apple Rips of its International users

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tezzainoz, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Tezzainoz macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    When will the ACCC in Australia take on Apple for its blatant rip off of Australian Users

    The Australia dollar has been way better than its US counterpart now for ages, yet Apple still charges $200 dollars more per machine than it does in the USA

    This is an out and our rip off
  2. stroker08 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    NZ is the worst

    Our pricing in NZ is even worse! Taking local GST off the retail price and at the current NZD-USD exchange rate, we will pay USD$2205 for the top 27" iMac compared to $1999 $USD in the States.

    Ah fooey!:mad:
  3. Dillus macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Here in Germany, Apple will be asking 2049 Euros for the top-end 27-inch model. That's 2663 american dollars, a 664 dollar premium.
  4. Lynn Belvedere macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    They gave us Canadians a break. Our prices dropped today to match American pricing.

    Fantastic news for us!


    Be happy that you live in a much nicer country with less crime and more attractive females. I would GLADLY pay $1000 premium on Apple products if I got to be surrounded bu hot German babes all the time.
  5. er15 macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2012
    You can move there and pay the premium then...
  6. EPiCDiNGO macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2012
  7. fruitpunch.ben, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    Add 10% GST to the US Apple price of the 21" iMac and you get $1428.9, the EXACT price of the Australian one.
    Learn to do basic math before you post on a forum.

    I've even read this same crap on news sites reporting about the ACCC "investigation" of why Apple prices are so high. They call themselves journalists, and yet they don't know that Australian/European prices include sales tax/VAT while US prices don't. Ridiculous
  8. Frossetto macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Guys, here in Brazil, the Apple store shows the following prices for the new iMacs/MacMini default settings: (converted from Real to American Dollar)

    MacMini 2.5ghz Dual Core : $1250
    MacMini 2.3ghz Quad Core: $1700
    iMac 21,5"/ 2.7ghz : $3100
    iMac 27"/ 2.9ghz : $4700

    Seriously, this is ridiculous, I mean, Apple does have to pay Brazilian Taxes and take it Profit, but the previouly iMac entry level was $2000. Way expensive than US but come on, with the price of an iMac with default settings i can fly to US, buy a new entry iMac, an iPad mini, pay the taxes, come back to Brazil and will be cheaper.

    I don't get Apple. Been waiting months to get a new iMac for iOS development and now I'll have to wait months to see a price cut.
  9. Ben Simpsy macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    thank you finally someone gets it
  10. apparition47 macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2007
  11. nec207 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2011
    I don't get ,where is that money going to and why so much more?
  12. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007

    Their friendly government
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Whoa.... missed that... thank for pointing it out.

    Actually, and I may be wrong - so feel free to correct me, but I think most of that is import duty. Apple has had Foxconn build a factory in Brazil to build - iirc iPhones (or iPads) - because they could sell the devices for cheaper without the duty added even though the assembly costs are higher than at the factories in China.

    So my guess is that much of that price is going towards the import duties.
  14. t7own macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    Hi, uk is just as bad

    Base 27" is $2399 in uk when converted. Compared to $1799 in the US. So $600 or £375 more.

    Also US can finance at 0% interest, uk is at 15% which adds another $200 over 1 year.

    So $800 dollars more :mad:
  15. nec207 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2011
    The pound is way more than the US dollar . So 200 pounds can buy you a lot more than $200.
  16. nagareru macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    Well guys US store prices are excluding taxes, if you checkout with an american zip code the total tax for the quad core mac pro for example is about 220$ and that is a 2500$ machine, I expect the new iMac's tax to be a bit less than 200$ maybe 180$ so that is not really a 2k machine but a 2200$.
  17. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Unless you live in Oregon or New Hampshire.
  18. djrod macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    Don't forget this:

    "Einschließlich Mehrwertsteuer i. H. v. ca. 327,00 €.*"

    Our beloved european taxes
  19. Mister Bumbo macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2012
    Top 27" iMac got a 8% price raise here. So that almost nullifies my discount, yay...
  20. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    If you convert the US price and add the 20% VAT it's actually £150 more expensive. Still a kick in the teeth but not as bad as you are making out.
  21. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
  22. Qutrit macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    Same goes for canada.... $200 more expensive even thought the Canadian dollar is par with the American one
  23. t7own macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    but america pay VAT -it's just called something else - I believe it's about 9%. So understand the point but maybe it makes it £300 more expensive.
  24. Tezzainoz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    Sorry to say your maths are not that good

    1799 X 1.1 (10% loading) = 1978 not 1999

    Now if all tax was calculated at a retail level then yes equality is close
    but GST in big stores is worked out and a different level so there would be a big hand back to Apple

    When I purchase some thing from apple and want a tax office rebate at the airport it is always tax calculated at a much lower level
  25. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Yes, but the US Sales tax is not included in the prices on the USA Store.
    So, the price in the USA Store is excluding tax, whereas the price in the UK Store is including tax

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