Buying Apple Laptop - Arbitrage Opportunity?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kanpachi, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. kanpachi macrumors regular

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    With the dollar getting stronger everyday, it seems there is a clear opportunity for arbitrage given the pricing inefficiencies of Apple laptops across different countries. For instance, the MBP goes for $1999/$2499 USD in the US and $2149 and $2699 CAD in Canada. Given that 1 USD = 1.30 CAD as of today, the effective prices of the Canadian ones would be $2149/1.3 = $1653 and $2076. It could most likely be ~$100 higher given that the actual exchange rates would be lower due to the spreads.

    Is it possible to order a computer from the Canada store and have it shipped to a US location? Or do you need to be located in Canada to do this? Definitely sucks for the Canadians out there, but figure Americans could benefit from the strong US dollar.
     
  2. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Nope.

    Yup.
     
  3. jay1097 macrumors member

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    Even if you do buy a mac from Canada provinces charge a 12% tax!

    Just find someone who is a student and get the education discount, or order it online and save the sales tax.
     
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Well, not all of them. In Alberta we pay the 5% GST, and there's no provincial tax.

    The OP could try buying from Canada by coming here. Of course, this could mean problems taking the computer back into the US.
     
  5. skye12 macrumors 65816

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  6. marbles macrumors 68000

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    rubbish though , this situation , all manufacturers like the idea of world trade and use it to their advantage , all the time , but when the consumer tries the same thing ........




    :mad:
     

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