iPods available in SF airport duty free?

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  1. tog22 macrumors newbie

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    The title really says it all - I'm visiting California at the moment, and looking to get a new 32GB iPod touch. I'm hoping to avoid the 8.5% sales tax here, and so wondering if I can get it duty free when I fly back to London through the international terminal at San Francisco. Does anyone happen to know whether any shops sell it there? Or is there anyone flying out before September 30th who can check for me?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I've flew in and out of SFO many times. There are no stores there that sells iPods.
     
  3. miiles macrumors regular

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    I recently flew to China through SFO, and I saw a Best Buy "Vending Machine" it had the then current iPod nano's in it (the square one) this was the only place I saw to buy something like that. I am not sure if it is duty free, but I can assure you that it is there, and it is in the International Terminal. Ask a worker there, they will probably be able to help you.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    They are there in a vending machine actually.
     
  5. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    Try www.vanns.com 2 reasons
    No sales tax
    Free Shipping

    I ordered my 42" plasma from there last year with NO problems. It's worth consideration.
     
  6. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Didn't know that, I never look at vending machines unless I want a soda or some chips/candies :)

    The thought of buying an iPod out of a vending machine seems so... wrong. :D
     
  7. iParis macrumors 68040

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    I agree.
    The only iPod's I have seen in a vending machine are the fake ones.
     
  8. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Or you can go to a local Macy*s they have iPod vending machines in their stores.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    Now if only I had a longer arm.............
     
  10. iParis macrumors 68040

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    WOW, OMFG, FJAIfojafjawe~~!!!!!!!111111111111111!
    That is sooo weird!
    I would have never in a million years...

    I'd be scared that it would break on the drop down.
     
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I'd be more scared of it acting like a normal vending machine.

    You know, only working half the time, and eating your quarters - in this case your Franklins!
     
  12. donga macrumors 6502a

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    an ipod vending machine. is that not weird? also, is that not wrong?
     
  13. tog22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great idea - that never occurred to me. Unfortunately Vanns doesn't stock the 32GB model... do you know of any other sales tax free online stores which might do? I'm not sure I want to take a risk on a vending machine at SFO having one, especially as my old iPod has just died a sad death (funeral proceedings are underway) :(
     
  14. iParis macrumors 68040

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    I doubt that they have any of the new models in the machine right now.

    I agree, or eating your credit card would be worse.

    Yes, it's very wrong in every way possible.
     
  15. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe they don't have the 32GB model just yet - keep an eye out on their site for updates.

    I also understand that amazon doesn't charge tax, but I don't have any experience in that regard
     
  16. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    What if it gets stuck can you shake it?? :p
     
  17. jotte2 macrumors newbie

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    Hey is this the vending machine in downtown minneapolis macys
     
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