Cheapest macbooks in canada?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by fibrizo, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. fibrizo macrumors 6502

    fibrizo

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    After seeing another post... I just realized that apple stuff costs less in Canada O_O? Am I missing something or is this true?

    Retail prices

    Poly 2.0 macbook 1149 CAN +5% tax in alberta = 1206 CAN = 950 USD
    49 dollars cheaper than US even if you live somewhere w/o sales tax

    Alu 2.0 macbook 1399 CAN +5% = 1489 CAN = 1156 USD
    143$ cheaper

    Alu 2.4 macbook 1749 CAN +5% = 1836 CAN = 1445 USD
    154$ cheaper

    Education prices in CAN

    Poly 2.0 macbook 1099 CAN + 5% = 1154 CAN = 908 USD vs 949
    Alu 2.0 macbook 1349 CAN +5% = 1416 CAN = 1115 USD vs 1249
    Alu 2.4 macbook 1649 CAN + 5% = 1731 CAN = 1363 USD vs 1499

    for giggles...

    Mac pro 2899 CAN + 5% = 3044 CAN = 2396 USD vs 2799 USD (400$)

    God forbid you live in NYC and you buy a 2.0 macbook aluminum at retail for 1408 USD with tax... and have a friend going to school in alberta who's coming to visit... to have them buy it at the education store and save almost 300$.... or even non education savings of 250$.

    If I'm wrong about sales tax in alberta let me know... I was just thinking I had gotten a good deal getting 150$ off my 2.4ghz for 1449 USD w/o sales tax... But apparently anyone in alberta can get a better deal.... and if you are a student you can get an even better deal than that.
     
  2. nitra.candy macrumors newbie

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    Actually Sales tax in Canada can range from 13 to 15%.
    Recently bought mine in Halifax with the edu discount, and paid 13% tax plus a $5 Environmental Handling Fee-Laptop for a 2.4 MacBook.

    Grand Total $1869.02 CAD
    $1467.36 US
     
  3. fibrizo thread starter macrumors 6502

    fibrizo

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    Hrm is wiki wrong then?
    Alberta total tax 5%
    British columbia total 12%
    Manitoba 12%
    New brunswick 13%
    Newfoundland and Labrador 13%
    Nova scotia 13%
    Ontario 13%
    Prince Edward Island 15.5%
    Quebec 12.875%
    Saskatchewan 10%

    Halifax is nova scotia so has 13% sales tax. Anyone from alberta able to confirm 5%?
     
  4. lecorbusier macrumors newbie

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    It appears to cost less because the difference in the value of our dollar (CAD / USD) has not been reflected in retail pricing. It wasn't too long ago that our dollar was on par (1 to 1) and we were paying more.

    If I, living in Toronto, buy a Macbook from British Columbia I would only pay 5% tax. I don't pay Provincial sales tax because I'm not from there.

    So, say I buy a Macbook 2.0 from Compu2000 (Biggest Apple Reseller in B.C.) @ $1349.00 CAD (on sale as we speak) + $67.45 (5% tax) = $1416.45 CAD

    Shipping is free to me (orders over $300).

    $1,416.45 = $1,113.47 USD
     
  5. lecorbusier macrumors newbie

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    Also, the other way to avoid taxes is to get someone with official Canadian Native status to buy it for you... Natives carry an identity card that exempts them from paying taxes on goods.
     
  6. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    it is 5% in alberta..they dont have a provincial tax, only federal.
     
  7. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    As a Alberta resident, I can confirm this. Here we only pay the 5% federal GST, and there is no provincial tax.

    (Personally, I'd rather have my social services.)
     
  8. nitra.candy macrumors newbie

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    I apologize for forgetting that Alberta is only 5%, but when you have a heading of cheapest in Canada I'm thinking all of it, not just one province.
     
  9. fibrizo thread starter macrumors 6502

    fibrizo

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    No worries, just realizing I could have saved money lol... except for the cost of getting to and from alberta.
    [​IMG]

    I should say macbook cheaper in canada...
     

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