Cheaper entry-level in the US, more expensive in the UK!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by PowerFullMac, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    In the US you can now get the entry-level MacBook for $999, or about £500. Now, I dont think anyone expected Apple to sell it at that price in the UK, but for them to sell it £20 MORE than before??? Thats a £220 markup!!!! :mad:

    The stupidest thing is Apple are doing this in the middle of a recession!!! :eek:

    Idiots.
     

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  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    You now get a SuperDrive - the previous entry level model only had a ComboDrive.
     
  3. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    The USA price of $999 doesn't include tax. The price in the UK minus VAT is £611, which is the equivalent of $1060 (£1=$1.73), so the difference is nearer £60 and not the £220 you allege.
     
  4. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    999US (pre tax US price) = 580GBP, which is only £30 difference from the pre tax price in the UK (611GBP). Not as bad as it first seems.
     
  5. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Why have pre-tax prices listed? Thats just silly.

    Not as bad now :p
     
  6. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    they could have at least gave us the second whitebook with the more faster if only by abit ghz lol.but ill be happy with the entry.
     
  7. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Pre-tax prices are required because VAT differs from state to state. In the UK there is one rate of 17.5%.
     
  8. cb31 macrumors member

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    Just buy it online and pay no tax at all. If only we had that option in the uk.
     
  9. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Seriously? Americans get no tax when they order stuff online?

    Now I'm angry again!!!
     
  10. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Not always. If the place you are buying from doesn't have a physical location in your state you do not pay tax. For example, I am from Illinois, so when I order from Newegg.com I don't pay sales tax. However, my fiance is currently living in California, and since Newegg has offices in California, he has to pay sales tax.
     
  11. kenypowa macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in California now, so I will be charged 8.25% sales tax if I buy from the online Apple Store.

    And don't be angry, Americans don't get universal health care. ;)
     
  12. skubish macrumors 68030

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    cuz on the US every state has a different tax rate. I wish people would do their homework before complaining that MacBook prices in X country is more than the US.
     
  13. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    That new one dosent have Firewire, does it?

    Mine does.
     

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