If I buy from Asia, Malaysia, will it be cheaper?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tengheavenice, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. tengheavenice macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm living in Australia, as I know, Australia is selling at higher price, I wonder if I order 1 from website and uses UPS or DHL to deliver to my house, will get TAX too??
    Please Advice. Thanks :)
     
  2. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, I am living in Malaysia. Ain't Apple product prices is the same worldwide? Including shipment and tax?

    Honestly, you need to check how much is it charged for transporting a notebook and if Australia government charge tax on electronic products.
     
  3. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    The U.S. have them cheapest, not sure about the difference between malaysia and australia
     
  4. tengheavenice thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The price in Australia is very expensive :( I wondering.....
    I have a cousin living in Malaysia he said he can get for me is just when ship it here through Fedex or DHL, I scare it got tax on it .... :confused:

    Anyway, I have no relatives in US LoL
     
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't bother. Apple has no dealings in Asia and the middle east, its all done by another company. Some guy on here had terrible problems with them.
     
  6. mpw Guest

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    I believe you'll get hit with 10% GST, not 100% sure.

    But I'd say check and double check, as rarely have I seen a huge saving to be made by buying and importing, unless you illegally evade taxes.
     
  7. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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  8. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    like most countries, Australia has a limit to the value of a gift that can be sent from abroad without having to pay import duties. What's allowed in free as a "gift" is going to be much less than the cost of a new computer
     
  9. tengheavenice thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm Thanks for the taxing info.
    Like I said since I'm in Australia buying at higher price i would rather choose to buy at the higher price + free gifts right? or rather buy at a lower price. HEHE :D

    My cousin in Malaysia is worring on the duty tax ... It is really driving me gone mad....
    Thanks anyway guys for the great info
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You're not going to be able to dodge the GST. In Canada, for example, a gift is limited to $60 in value, you pay GST on everything above that.
     
  11. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    your cousin could visit you and bring the iPod, notebook or whatever with him, no?
     
  12. tengheavenice thread starter macrumors newbie

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    haha guys thanks for the info ! But my cousin promise to buy and send... LoL not coming to visit :( hehe
     
  13. ohforfckssake! macrumors regular

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    No.

    And Apple obviously has dealings in Asia, duh -- they just opened a store in China! If you look at the country-specific Apple online stores you'll find that there's a slight premium on everything not sold in the United States. Hong Kong is likely the cheapest because it's mostly a tax-free haven. Also, you'll have to pay an import tax if you bring it in from elsewhere. Unless you get a great deal off a reseller, it evens out.
     

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