New iMac pricing in Europe a crime

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Olgierd T., Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Olgierd T. macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2007
    Have anyone noticed new iMac pricing in Europe in comparance to US.

    After conversion iMac in Germany is about 450$ more expensive than in US.

    With US Dolar so cheap in Europe we should get something different than 1199 in $ = 1199 €.

    Why? Why people in Europe should pay more or rather that much more?

    This extends even Adobe pricings diferencies.

    You can buy iPod with this difference.

    Same with iTunes policy that you can't buy in iTunes store with credit card from other country than the shop is.

  2. lauph macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    30 mins from Cupertino
    er... take a look at Hong Kong online store, it is cheaper than US, so it will be cheaper and cheaper than Europe:D
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Did you take into account the fact that listed prices in european stores are tax inclusive, and prices listed in the states do not include tax (until you try to check out the item)?
  4. lauph macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    30 mins from Cupertino
    oops i take that back, BUT look at the MacBook and MacBook Pro sections, they are cheaper in HK
  5. bobobo macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Your subsisdizing the Americans to live a care free life.

    It is like this with all your American products. Hong Kong gets it cheap because America rewards its slaves by offering the same price to it plus there is no sales tax.
  6. Olgierd T. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2007
    Yes I did. Excluding European Tax it still goes for 200$ more.

    But still if you are buying for home use you will add to base price form 18% to 25% depending on country.

    In US tax is much lower and if I would go to US buy Mac and get tax refund at border...

    Still unfair.


    Still buying iMac in US with transport to Europe and Taxes can be cheeper.
  7. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Apple thinks people will pay the extra cost, so they charge it. Even before VAT is added the USA models are cheaper, even when you include for example 7% sales tax.

    Apple and most electronics companies considers Europe a cash cow, especially the UK. It's always been like it and will continue to be that way.
  8. mikeheenan macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Well Apple certainly didn't invent the VAT tax did they? So you really can't blame them for that. You guys over there have one up on us here with the dollar to Euro conversion in that it's probably much cheaper for you to fly to NY, buy your mac, and bring it back home. I dont know if customs would tax you or not?
  9. Olgierd T. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2007
  10. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    You might want to start blaming all companies, It's not just Apple that releases products 10-20% more in Europe.
  11. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    I took the new iMac 20" as an example and as you can see this shows that the French pay 11.4% more than the US. Once you take into account the extra cost of doing business in France plus exchange rates etc. 11.4% isn't that big of a deal. Maybe not an iMac, but I bet you could find examples of products within France that have a price discrepancy greater than 11.4% between cities or even within a city between stores. That's business.
    Store    £/$/€       $           %higher than $ equivalent 
    UK        807.66      738.82     9.3
    US       1499.00     1499.00     0.0  
    France   1211.54     1087.49     11.4
  12. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Because the global economy doesn't work like that. Aside form the tax issues of different online stores, US items, especially electronics are rarely priced based on their US cost and the exchange rate. The German economy isn't exactly the same as the US, nor is it based purely off the dollar. It has been this way forever, if you are only noticing it now, it's because you have easy access to compare such things
  13. kman34 macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2007
    Sounds like a great time to take a vacation to the States...come on over and spend your Euros buying US goods on the cheap!
  14. libertyterran macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2007
    There is no GST/VAT refund in the US, mate :p
  15. balahir macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2006
    I always buy my iPods in the US instead of in Sweden. I paid SEK1900 incl tax for my new 8GB nano (product red) in NY instead of SEK2500 in Sweden, a difference of almost $90...

    The new mini is also easily transported home, with a price differrence of approx $ 160 (if I include a 10% tax in US)...
  16. herrmill macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL, Shanghai, China & NW 11/12
    Try China

    You should try China. I live in Shanghai 40km from the factory where these come from & always have to deal with higher prices as well as 3-5 month delay in seeing new product arrive in the local stores.

    I typically purchase as much as I can in the States & bring back with me, but hiding a new 24" iMac from China Customs might be somewhat hard for me get away with! :eek:
  17. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    (For the record, it's "you're" and "subsidizing." I realize English is probably your second language, but really, what's the point of oppressing people if you don't also correct their spelling. My favorite part is losing good American jobs to cheap foreign labor, where governments don't treat their employees with any human respect or decency, and then being the object of all criticism. But, I digress. Ahhh, the care free life.)
  18. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    Yep, totally care-free. (Crumbling infrastructure; exponentially growing divide between ultra-rich and poor, while middle class slides below the poverty level; political leaders who trample upon our basic rights and a mainstream media that is complicit in selling the white-washed lies; a teetering economy buttressed by junk mortgages -- 7+ million middle class Americans are about to lose their homes; the worst health care in the industrialized world; toxic substances introduced into our food and water supplies while the government proclaims in NewSpeak that we have most ideal environment ever...)

    As for HK, blame that on the Bushes -- who cozied up to Beijing even while it was literally crushing its citizens under tank treads and haven't even considered revoking MFN status for fear of further enlarging our gigantic trade deficit.
  19. MacbookSwitcher macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2007
    Welcome to the wonderful world of European socialism!

    You can't have your "free" healthcare and free lifetime paychecks for bums and criminals, without paying a price (in this case, high tariffs on evil American products)
  20. trule macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    In Germany you can get Mac's for about 50€ less if you buy via a 3rd party online retailer. So the difference is even a little bit less (enough not to make it worth your while to fly to USA to buy one...).

    Apple gets away with it, take the 320G to 1000G disk upgrade, costs around 500€ but you can get the raw 1000G disk for 300€ and then sell the 320G disk for perhaps 60€ Apple makes a good 240€ extra on the factory disk upgrade.

    Same for memory.

    Basically with Apple there is no real competition, so you get screwed...all you can do is control how much they screw you ;)
  21. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    EU import tariff on a notebook or desktop system is 0%

    I realise English isn't your language, but for the record it's "subsidising" and "realise":p
  22. rodrigoK macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    After conversion, the Apple products in Brazil is +/-100% more expensive than US.
  23. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Longer shipping, import duties, better warrantys, we are europeans so everyone wanna screw us (due to our looks I guess ..) and finally higher taxes.
  24. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Don't forget localization costs for hardware and OSX, staffing costs, other logistics etc. The list goes on and on.
  25. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    No matter the current market value..I agree with Apple; 1 Euro = 1 US
    Exchange rates? Bah Humbug!

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