Buy Apple watch on trip to US?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Arkious, May 25, 2015.

  1. Arkious macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I'm getting married in September and we have saved a bomb for us to have a lovely honeymoon in San Fancisco! But whilst we're over there, we were thinking of picking up 2 apple watch sports, both as gifts to each other and partially due to the exchange rate.

    Other than the plug difference, would there be any more trouble associated with a purchase like this?

    Thanks very much for your advice in advance
     
  2. moxxham macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking of getting a family friend to buy me a MacBook from the U.S. As it's much much cheaper than Australia aha. I think it will work fine, just change the settings to your country :)
     
  3. Arkious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the 42mm watch works out at £260 instead of the UK price of £339 so £79 cheaper. That's just the watch so I imagine a MacBook would be much cheaper. I'd guess the warranty won't be covered in another country though
     
  4. Eorlas macrumors 6502

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    If you're in SF there's a place called Maxfield in LA that might have some in stock for in-store purchase.
     
  5. Arkious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks very much, will keep that in mind!
     
  6. Eorlas macrumors 6502

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    But also note that they are apparently inundated with customers trying to purchase it. Also, it's apparently a very elitist upscale boutique, so if you want to be taken remotely seriously and avoid discrimination, my best guess is to wear a suit to try and make a purchase for even just the aWatch.

    That's just based on reading the thread.
     
  7. InAustralia macrumors 6502

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    I am not in the US, but I would think that by September stocks of the Apple Watch would have normalised and you would be able to pick one up instore at an Apple Store.

    The other option would be to order it online and have it delivered to your hotel (but obviously arrange for the Hotel to take delivery of it). I have done that with other purchases in the past. I assume you are staying at a nice hotel, and it is generally not be a problem.
     
  8. 3under2 macrumors regular

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    I live in Sweden but ordered my 38 mm SS Apple Watch with Milanese Loop from the US. No problems at all. I originally thought to order to the UK or Germany but with the exchange rates it worked out cheapest to order from the US.

    I am originally from Los Angeles and fyi, San Francisco is no where near Maxfields.

    By September, I'd think you should be able to go into Apple and buy a watch off the shelf.

    Normally, your credit card has to match the delivery address of the order so shipping it to the hotel I don't think really works unless you maybe do it as a gift purchased? Not sure but that is something you'd probably want to check into.

    Congratulations on the wedding and good luck!
     
  9. johnd39 macrumors newbie

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    Customs duty and VAT

    Strictly speaking you might be liable to some kind of import tax when you return home. US prices will only include sales tax in the state you are in I believe.

    If you add 20% VAT for the UK there isn't much difference, if any.
     
  10. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    rubbish. wear what you want. make the servants I mean employees bow to you not the other way around. Thats how the rich world works. ;)
     
  11. dilap macrumors 6502a

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    We are planning on doing this too on a trip in July, since June is when there will be some.kn store stock. Just wondering, if I buy an unlocked GSM iPhone 6, it will definitely work in the UK, right?
     
  12. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

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    Buy Apple watch on trip to US?


    Yes it will. LTE/4G and everything.
     
  13. dilap macrumors 6502a

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    Great! Thank you!
     
  14. Arkious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the replies!

    yeah i wasn't sure about the 20% tax if i ditched the boxes... i think apple watches will loose most of their value anyways so resale won't really be much of a worry, especially on the cheapest ones. (please note i might be entirely incorrect on that statement, but time will tell ;)) if we are already wearing them, then how would they know we didn't take them with us?
     
  15. 3under2 macrumors regular

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    They won't know BUT you will know. You are suppose to declare them ...
     
  16. Gol27 macrumors regular

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    Bare in mind sales tax is also added on at the point of purchase too. Think San Francisco is around 9% if memory serves.

    I was planning on doing the same when I go to Boston in August but I was after the SS model and there was to many questions about apple care + being valid to make it a smart move for me.

    Anyway best wishes for the wedding and hope you manage to get the AW you want.
     
  17. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a

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    Stock should be stable by sept. I expect some bundling deals for back to school (buy an iPhone get $x off a watch or $x amt iTunes gift card) etc
     
  18. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Yea I would just wear them and not worry about it. How are they to know you didn't purchase them before your trip.
     
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    Don't keep your credit card stub on you , just post it to yourself back home ;)
     
  20. Arkious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers guys, I didn't think about the sales tax actually, I forget each state is different haha!

    But yeah I think I will enquire when we're over there and see what's available. I'm in education too which would be nice to get a bundle ^.^

    Thanks for the wedding wishes, years in the making haha
     
  21. rhsmd1 macrumors member

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    and the cost of the trip from SF to LA would negate the purpose of buying in the USA to save $$$
     
  22. pilot3033 macrumors member

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    Just for the record, the distance between LA and SF is just a bit further than the distance from Paris to London. It's a 6 hour drive one way or an hour flight. In the neighborhood if you're used to US distances, but not exactly close. :p
     
  23. MarkWade macrumors newbie

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    It's perfectly legal - you don't need to worry about ditching the boxes and don't have to declare it. You're allowed to bring back goods worth up to £390 provided they're for yourself and you bring them back yourself (i.e. don't post them back). More information: https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-outside-the-eu

    Do be aware though that US prices exclude sales tax.
     
  24. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    Oh please. :rolleyes:

    OP, a 42mm would cost you about $434USD if purchased in San Fran. Sales tax there is 8.75%

    Hope you enjoy your trip to the states!
     
  25. Arkious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So £281, not much of a saving but still a saving I guess :)

    And yeah I managed to find that info about import values, im guessing that's per person and not a combined cost
     

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