Coming to the land of the free! Question on (NY) tax and other lil' things

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iCantwait, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. iCantwait macrumors 65816

    iCantwait

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    So, in december I am going to be touching down in New York for a few days and will be most likely be buying a Blackbook (equivalent after the rumored update)
    So what is the total with state tax on top of the $1,499? and is there a cheaper location other than the apple store in NYcity to get one - yet i do really want to go the the 5th ave :apple:store.
     
  2. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

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    Have you not been watching the news? The American Empire is about to fall. Great Depression: The Sequel on Monday. All stores will be closed by December.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Retail stores will all charge about the same for a Blackbook - give or take maybe $10. Sales tax is a bit over 8% in NY.

    Enjoy your trip!
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Sales tax in NYC is 8.375%, so for a $1499 purchase, you'll pay $1624.54
     
  5. iCantwait thread starter macrumors 65816

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    sweet thanks, its a pity i only get 5 days in nyc as i am being *dragged* across the world by my dear parents.
    As im 18 and Australian i can gamble legally and have recently got my hands on $4000aud (us$3350) and want to buy a macbook with it so i figured the states will be the best place!
    so when im 21 i am coming to the US and going to clean up your casinos!!
    its gonna suck not being the legal age again:rolleyes:
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You might want to check if you are liable for GST on laptops brought in via personal carry (for want of a better description). I think it is 10% and $50 in processing for computers recieved by post, which would make it more expensive to import than buying in Australia if my maths is right.
     
  7. iCantwait thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ^^ thanks, i'll look that up - what i might do in that case is post the box home and carry the laptop through and just not declare it as an overseas purchase (will take a hdd along to boot up to my current ibook settings via time machine...)
     
  8. allmIne macrumors 6502a

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    He isn't wanting to post it, though, so this won't be applicable. I may have read your post wrong, however; feel free to correct me.

    Just carry it in and don't declare it; I bought my Powerbook (12in! :D ) in NYC and carried it back through Heathrow, then through to Belfast, with no problems. Nobody will question you buying it over there, so long as don't bring the box in hand luggage! To be safe, I left the box in the hotel room.
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    In Australia you pay the fees I listed for shipping items in, however I couldn't find anything on bringing an item back, which is why I mentioned it as I only know that in the UK we are required to pay regardless of how we got the item in to the country.

    Although a lot of people advocate bringing laptops back using stealth, as you did, but it is illegal to avoid customs charges. While it is one of those things that often gets overlooked, people should be aware they may be liable for dutys and taxes. In this case if he were liable he would end up paying more than if he had just bought it locally.
     
  10. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    I agree
     
  11. allmIne macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely, as do I. You won't get caught, though. Shopping trips to NYC wouldn't be so popular if customs took their job seriously and enforced the incredibly low limit on what you can bring back. I'd wager they're more concerned with other things post 9/11.
     

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