Buying from USA vs Canada help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JustaQ, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. JustaQ macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Hey everyone (sorry if this is a repost, i tried searching but didn't come up with anything)

    Anyways next year i'm starting university and i've always wanted a macbook pro, one of the 15 inch ones would be perfect

    Now this weekend im taking a trip to New York (i live in Ontario, Canada) and I was wondering if it would be smarter to purchase the macbook from the states or from where i live in canada?
    I'm going to be purchasing it from an actual apple store and not online..

    And also if I buy it from the states can I get the student discount still? (im going to attend uni in canada but can i just lie about going to some u.s school?)

    And lastly would it be cheaper to purchase it online or buy from the actual store?
  2. imorton macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2010
    I know that Microcenter has the base 13" model for $999, but I think you wanted the 15"

    Just to let you know.
  3. Chiuy macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2011
    NorCal, Bay Area
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    How much is tax in Canada? Ours is 0.0975% here.
  4. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    0.0975% or 9.75%

    I'm assuming it's 9.75%
  5. JustaQ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
  6. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    Find out which has the least amount of tax and end up buying it there. Typically buying online and in the store are the same price as shipping is free.
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I know what you're trying to do here (key word trying), but it doesn't work if you add the percent to 0.0975. Just a little helpful math hint. 0.0975% of $999 is about 97 cents (not .97 cents ;)).

    OP, just make sure you won't have to pay any sort of importing fee when crossing the border. Tell them it's your machine that you brought with you from Canananadadadada
  8. MJNBGA macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    New Zealand
    Yeah, just buy it there, unbox it and all that crap, and if the border police ask you, just tell them it's your laptop that you got from Canada. Prices are better in the US I think.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That would be fraud, and is illegal.

    Don't forget that you'll have to pay import duties when you bring it back, which amount to roughly 15% of the value of the item. In the end, it isn't really worth it.
  10. Wildhorses, Jun 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011

    Wildhorses macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    I'm from Ontario!

    Hey there fellow Ontarion lol

    I bought my computer in the states, let me show you how I saved my $ on a baseline 13inch macbook pro.

    (Keep in mind, if you buy from BestBuy or Microcenter, you can still buy the apple care from an apple store in Canada like I did... also, your student discount will not work in the States)

    $1249 + 15% tax = 1436.35 (someone has to pay for our 'free' health care)

    Went to NY for 2 days, and took a 15 min drive to Microcenter in New Jersey for their lower tax rate

    $999 + 3% tax = $1031. some change

    Upon returning, I declared the laptop and the booze I was allowed to bring in... Since I bought a lot of stuff, they charged me duty on the value of the laptop over $400 (since that is what you are allowed to bring in on trips over 48 hours)

    I paid $71 CDN in duty, and realized when I got home that they had their own exchange rate of 93 cents USD to $1 CDN (worked in my favor, they taxed me on $540 worth of the laptop)

    So that is roughly $335 saved... keep in mind that the CDN has more value than the USD at the moment.

    Enough money for Apple care, or an xbox 360 like the microsoft back to school commercials lol.

    If it's your first mac and you're on the fence, just get it. So much nicer than a PC, and I've been using PC's for the past 13 years.

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