Mac mini June 2010 german pricing model?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by DaveTheGrey, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. DaveTheGrey macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
    I compared the us and the german prices for apple products and found this drift:
    Any thoughts?



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  2. clickgr macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2009
    In your comparison I guess you assume that the exchange rate US$ to Euro is 1. In fact Macmini is more than 15,7% more expensive in Europe.
  3. Jawnathin macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    My thoughts? It's expensive.

    Buy it if you think its worth it, don't buy it if you don't.

    Simply, there's nothing else you can really do about it.
  4. VideoFreek macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2007
    The prices on the new Mac Mini here in Germany are shockingly high. Factoring in 19% VAT (MwSt) and considering today's exchange rate (1.23 USD/EUR), the USD 699.- price would correspond to EUR 676.-; in reality the new Mini is priced nearly 20% higher than this! To be fair, there has always been a premium in Apple's European pricing above what could be explained by exchange rates and VAT, but the "extra mark-up" on the mini is disturbingly high.

    Another example: the mini server version remained at USD 999.- in the US store, but here in Germany the price has leapt from EUR 949.- for the older version to EUR 1,149.- for the new version, a >20% increase!! Again, EUR 967.- would be the "parity" price considering only VAT and exchange rate. I hope this is not a sign of things to come for Apple's European pricing; I shudder to think what the next iMac refresh will bring.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Went up in here too. 799€ for Mini and 1149€ for server. VERY unfair! I've been following Apple's pricing lately and the prices have just gone up in here. Prev gen MacBook was 899€, now it's 999€. Everything it has is a better GPU and minimally better battery. REALLY annoying :mad:

    P.S. We have 23% VAT here
  6. DaveTheGrey thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
    nope, I don't assume anything, neither exchange rate nor vat. In my example that doesn't matter because it's calculated in all the products. but when you compare the rates of all the other models (-8% to +1.6%) the mini with its +15.7% is remarkable!
  7. dogtanian macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Bournemouth, UK
    And we thought the UK pricing was bad...

    Was planning a trip to NY soon so that size reduction will come in handy!
  8. stefimke macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    In The Netherlands it's priced 799 euro's. A couple of euros less then in Germany, but still insane.

    They wont sell 600.000 Mini's in the first days after release over here, that's for sure.

    I always had the impression that the Mini was Apple's way of enabling people on a budget to go for a Mac... but it seems I was quite wrong.
  9. soph macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    799 EUR in Austria, too. And we have 20% VAT instead of 19%. What's with Germany and the Mac Mini price?
  10. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
  11. champ01 Guest

    specs vs specs:

    IMac 21inch:
    Price: €1.099,- (
    Monitor: Built-in 21.5-inch LED-backlit (1920x1080)
    CPU: 3.06GHz C2D
    Ram: 4GB
    HD: 500GB
    Graphics: 9400M
    Apple Keyboard
    Apple Magic Mouse

    New Mini:
    Price: €1.252,- (
    Monitor: ..... (no monitor included)
    CPU: 2.66GHz C2D (lower CPU)
    RAM: 4GB
    HD: 500GB
    Graphics: 320M (better)
    Apple Keyboard
    Apple Magic Mouse

    A normal good 22inch monitor (one like the IMac 21inch) is around €250,-
    If costumers wanna keep all products from Apple the 24inch Apple Cinema Display is €849,-

    The Mini with lowest specs before the new update was priced at €549,-
    Now after the update the cheapest Mini is priced at €799,-
    The Mini is now priced 45% higher then previous model making the price go up with 250,- euro's!

    And don't even get me started on the price difference between the US en most of Europe stores.
    They were the same but now its €115,- more (with us tax included)

    I love the new Mini but the way its priced isn't clear to me.
  12. kirreip macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    Ouch, that's even more expensive than the swiss prices... One reason seems to be your high VAT (MwSt).
  13. DaveTheGrey thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
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    It has nothing to do with the VAT! All the € listed Apple products includes the VAT Not only the Mini!

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