MBP Costs more in USA compared to Canada?

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  1. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    I just checked the price for the mid 15 inch MBP its 2300 USD and in Canadian its 2500, however when converting USD to CAD its 378 more!! :eek:

    USA Price: $2300 USD
    Canadian Price: $2500 CAD

    $2300 USD = $2878 CAD
    $2878 CAD - $2500 CAD = $378 difference
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Everything cost extra when its shipped out. I think it has something to do with additional certifications and localization.
     
  3. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no thats not the point I'm making, it costs more to buy in the USA than in Canada, so I don't see how shipping would affect it?
     
  4. dejo Moderator

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    There's more to international trade than simple currency conversion. Plus, there's local market pricing to consider...
     
  5. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    Bear in mind that for a long time the Canadian Macs were more expensive than American Macs. Apple always readjusts the exchange rate when it refreshes a product, so it simply is that the exchange rates have changed since the machine was released.
     
  6. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see so right now is a great time for me to buy a macbook pro in canada :D
     
  7. Smacky macrumors 6502

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    Drugs are cheaper in Canada too
    Its called price discrimination
     
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  9. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    Isn't it great that they are cheaper here in Canada? Thanks to a tanking dollar, we pay the least for Macs. Too bad that buy the time I plan on buying a new Mac (which will be this summer probably), Apple will probably change the price to reflect our dollar.
     
  10. be300test macrumors member

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    umm...in canada its 2699....i dont know what site you were visiting...but it wasent apples.
     
  11. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was on student site, sorry, for both usa and Canada student sites
     
  12. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    Yeah with the current rates, Canadians are getting MBPs cheap. I got my 2.4 unibody for 2050cad with student discount which converts to:

    2050 Canadian dollars = 1 636.07425 U.S. dollars

    But sales tax is high, so you have to take it into account before making your purchasing decision. It's 13% here in Ontario.
     
  13. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    We have massive debt and our money is worth less than it used to.

    Wait a few years and everything will be back to normal and Canadians will pay 50% more for everything. :)

    Cheers,
     
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  15. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    The tax we have to pay in Canada kills the deal. Remember to always factor in the tax.
     
  16. Intense macrumors regular

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    Sales taxes in Canada would probably match the US price and maybe even surpass it. In quebec for example, here's the total for the price you posted:


    $2500 Your posted Machine Student Price in Canada Before Tax adding the taxes
    + $125.00 GST/TPS (tax)
    + $196.88 TVQ (tax)
    =
    $2,821.88 CAD (Total Price with taxes that have been calculated and added already, numbers based on taxes in Quebec, taxes vary from province to province in canada)

    Now, let's convert that total price that includes the tax $2,821.88 CAD to USD.

    $2,821.88 CAD = 2,248.06 USD (February 25th 2009 exchange rate @ 11:05PM EST)


    USA Price $2300 USD - Canadian Price with tax that has been converted to USD 2,248.06 USD is = $2300 USD - $2,248.06 USD = $51.94 USD

    In conclusion the Canadian Price is discounted at $51.94 USD

    Not sure what kind of sales tax you have in the US, it could probably make a difference in the calculations.
     
  17. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Anywhere between 0-7.25%. Here in Maryland it's 6%, so you'd still be saving $190 USD, which is a pretty penny.
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No worries; when Apple adjusts the price and the dollar goes up again, y'all Canadians will be getting screwed again :D
     
  19. MVApple macrumors 6502a

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    Canadians are funny. They complain why they have to pay more for things, and then turn around and brag that they make more money. Maybe that is why they call their currency the loonie.
     
  20. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Big cities like NY are over 10% and I hear Chicago is approaching 9%. With budget shortfalls in cities and states throughout the U.S. we can expect taxes to rise, perhaps not so high as in Canada but definitely higher.

    Cheers,
     
  21. Fgozalo macrumors member

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    Lol, just a fun fact for you all, try buyng a MBP here in Brazil, the Basic model 15", is R$ 8,999.00 (U$ 3,829.36). The "top" model MBP 15" is R$ 11,999.00 (U$ 5,105.95). Now, this is a steep price.
    :p
     
  22. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    The price of the MBP might be lower in Canada comparing with the exchange rate, but the problem is that we don't really gain more money then American, so that's still a big price no matter how you look.
     
  23. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't realize there were local sales taxes in NY and Chicago. That's definitely way lame.

    More support for flat tax if you ask me.
     
  24. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    In many locales sales taxes vary depending on the county and city and whether the state has an income tax. FL counties sales taxes are higher than GA because FL has no state income tax. Places like NY have both high income and sales taxes. Couple that with outrageous property tax and you can see why every thing costs so much there. You get paid more too but the govt just takes it back. :(

    Cheers,
     

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