Duty Free MacBook? / American Store

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JDee, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. JDee macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2008
    Hi there,

    I am purchasing a MacBook 2.4GHz this summer.

    I will be purchasing just before going on holidays to Italy.

    I will be getting it through the higher education store from the UK.
    I am flying from Dublin (Ireland) to Rome.

    Is there some sort of way to get duty free on the MacBook?

    Also - would it be better if I bought the MacBook on the US store, got someone over there I know to collect it and ship it to me? Would it work out at a better value?

    Thanks guys.
  2. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    As far as I remember, to qualify for duty free prices you have to be flying outside the EU...

    As for shipping from the US, you'd have to pay shipping (obviously) and then VAT and the UK courier's 'handling charge' which I believe if it's Parcelfarce is around £13
  3. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    I just checked the Dixons Tax Free site. They have (for instance) the Macbook 2.4 Gb for 977 Gbp, which at the current rate is about 1608 USD. And it seems you can actually buy when you go out UK and pick it up when you enter back. See here http://www.dixonstaxfree.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=dixons.howtobuy

    If you buy the same PC in US, unless you buy it in a tax-free state and will someone to bring you with no surcharge, you won't be able to spend less.

    Don't know about the HE UK promotions, though

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