Buying Imac at Heathrow airport?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mic2904, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Mic2904 macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys,

    Tomorrow morning I am travelling for business and have a stopover at Heathrow Airport.

    I am wondering what are the pro's and con's for buying an Imac at the airport?!

    I guess it will have the same warranty etc? Also I believe they hold the equipment for your journey back and offer a delivery service.

    I am aware that many people are saying a refresh of the IMAC is imminent, but people keep saying this for the last 10 months.

    Has anyone bought any Apple products from the airport before?

    Thanks for your replies.
     
  2. Foogoofish macrumors regular

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    Wait for the update, you will kick yourself hard otherwise........!!!
     
  3. jpdunford macrumors member

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    Where are you from? Are you from the US?

    Just saying, because, Heathrow Airport is in the UK.

    People in UK pay 50% more than people in America pay.

    If you are from America buy it back there instead.
     
  4. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    A) watch on power plug / wall connector which might not fit; of course can be easily converted; but ...

    B) keyboard layout

    C) very unhandy to travel with ... What iMac ? 27" ... Not sure if they would even sell that. And as hand baggage ? A delivery could easy offset all potential price advantages.
     
  5. Mic2904 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your advise.

    I am living in Scotland, so I would not have issues with any plugs or similar.

    I have been told I can leave the Imac at the airport until I come back...?! (would "only" be the 21").
     
  6. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    But in that case I doubt that you have any advantage from buying at airport. I'm sure you would need to pay even tax once you return and pick up the iMac. I assume that Duty free wouldn't apply in such case.

    Better: shop online once you are back or go to your nearest Apple Store.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  8. Mic2904 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But here is the deal after reading through a few more webpages: There is no Duty-Free shopping within the EU anymore (knew that before) but to stay competative the store in the airport are offering a 20% discount rather than being tax free which would give you a receipt which shows you paid tax....

    not entirely sure though.
     
  9. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Didn't know ... 20% sounds interesting enough ... Just make sure to let us know how it turned out for you ...
     
  10. Mike5 macrumors newbie

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    My advice is: go for it. I bought MacBook Air at Stansted Airport when I was flying to Edinburgh last year. Very happy I did it, saved me some money which I used to buy flight simulator yoke.
     
  11. Mic2904 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, since the jouney starts in Glasgow i have checked Dixons Travel only to realise that the 21" Imac is £939. This is the £999 version.

    Not happy... I would rather buy in the Apple Shop and get cash back...

    Next stop: heathrow
     
  12. kthnxshwn macrumors regular

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    Why not wait until you get to your destination?
     
  13. Mic2904 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The destination is Serbia... Sadly the prices are the same as in other EU Countries....
     

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