New Mac Mini. An appelian scandal ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Strapontin, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Strapontin macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    Hi everybody.

    As a lot of people, I was awaiting for today's update, and I have to say that's it's a pity to begin with that, but it's simply to enormous to be not noticed.

    Especially, my concern was about the new mac mini, as a looot of students and so on, were awaiting the update.

    And here it came : New mac Mini, 2.4 Ghz dual core, 500 GB HDD, 4 GB memory, US retail price 599,- dollars.

    So, as a European, I was just waiting for the price in Euro, which should be, according Apple politic, 599,- euros (even if according to today currencies rates, 599,- dollars will be 461.51 euros, and then, 599,- euros do 777.45 dollars. Basically, for the price of the first model, you have the second one in the US, but this is not what I will discuss here).

    I went to diverse european online Apple stores, and I discovered that Apple mini first model was retailed 629,- euros. Not 599.
    629 euros actually do 816.38 dollars.

    So here, I am expecting explanations (from Apple) : for several years now, Apple has applied the 1:1 currency, 1 dollar for 1 euro, even if any change agency or the markets was showing that an aberration.
    Now, Apple is selling the new Apple mini not 1:1, but even more expensive in advantage to the dollar.

    Concretely, knowing that the actual US retail price of a new Mac Mini converted in euro is 461.51 euros, how did Apple explain to sell it a third more of it's actual cost in euros (629,- euros) ?

  2. Quash macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    Big part of difference is tax. Here in the Netherlands we pay 21% tax. Which in Europe is included in the price. In the US it's not, you have to pay state tax on top if the 599$. Also the dollar is much stronger than it was say 2 years ago.
  3. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    It's not just that Apple computers are expensive. I buy stuff from Europe occassionally and their prices are just not good compared to other countries.
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    also the usa price does not show local tax. so the 599 usd in the state of new jersey tax is 7% so it is 42 more or 641 usd. makes the difference a bit closer.
  5. santos79 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2009
    In France the entry-level mini costs 629 euros ($816). Deduct the 20 percent VAT and it still costs around 503 euros ($652). Apple therefore does assume that its European customers are willing to pay considerably more than its customers in the US.
    Apple's rivals such as Amazon and Google usually charge about the same in euros (including VAT) as they charge in the US (excluding sales tax). Microsoft actually is charging its French customers 489 euros (VAT included) for a surface, while it costs $499 in the US.
  6. Quash macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    50$ more what a schandal..

    Customs charge more in Europe. Shipping from china is a little more expensive.
    Apple charges 1 Europe price some countries have a little more then 20% tax
    And they also build in a little bit of margin if the euro drops in value.
    As apple never changes price mid cycle.

    I see no reason to make these posts the euro is no longer worth 1.5$ get used to it :)
  7. KiwiAus macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    We have a similar situation here in Australia.

    The US prices for Minis in Australian Dollars are $580 (US$599), $774 (US$799) and $969 (US$999).

    The list prices from the Apple store in Australia is Australian dollars are $699. $799 and $1099.

    As they have simply added $100 to the US dollar price than said that is the Australian dollar price ON EVERY MODEL it's pretty clear that the selling price has nothing to do with freight or all the other spurious excuses people like Apple give. It's simply gouging because they can.
  8. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Umm... no.

    The Australian price (as do the UK, Europe, NZ, etc prices) include GST/VAT/Sales Tax. The US prices do not.

    OK, there is still a small difference in price even after you account for tax. But it's not nearly as much as you suggest.
  9. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Also my understanding is that in Europe you get a 2 year defects liability by law (which has to be priced in) whereas in the US this seems not to exist (at least not to that extent), so it seems recommendable to get AppleCare in addition to the device price, which brings the total purchasing costs roughly up to par again.
  10. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Not to mention... Apple's sales & support costs are higher in places like Europe and Australia. Their employees in those places get paid more, the rent on their facilities is quite likely higher.

    These things add up, meaning the cost of doing business is higher in these places, which is reflected in prices. Or do you think that Apple's customers in the US should be subsidising the rest of the world?
  11. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    they need to account for currency changes, when it goes th other way they won't increase prices. but factoring in tax in the us that can exceed 10% in some states (i think its that much) the difference isnt as much
  12. dasx macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2012
    Spanish Apple Store. €649. Not even the 629 the OP mentions. Incredible.

    Attached Files:

  13. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    If you're concerned about price then Apple isn't the company for you.
  14. NunoBerny macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2012
    Lisbon, Portugal
    That's a generic thing to say.
    Unless there are different Apples for different people.
    If confirmed, the differences in price are too big to just say "it's an Apple produc, I'll just shut up and pay".
  15. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    Hell you can go to some states and pay 0 sales tax in the United States.
    New Hampshire

    Other states have very low sales tax. There are also a number of ways to avoid (legally) sales taxes in states with sales tax, as well as some tax holidays.

    The differences are degrees of socialism inherent in European tax systems as opposed to within the US.


    The differences are due in large part to laws about how prices are advertised and taxes.
  16. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Seriously, how many of these threads do we need?

    Please understand that many Taxes are part of the price and many aren't. In the US we pay our tax ON TOP of the cost of the unit. In Europe you pay for the tax as PART of the cost. Further, yes taking that in to consideration the European costs are still SLIGHTLY higher (usually less than 10%), but you have to remember that currency exchange rates fluctuate. Would you rather Apple changes their prices every hour and/or day?

    Further let's not get into the cost of European socialism on the price of goods and services....

    And the conservatives in the US complain about the cost of "US Socialism"...
  17. ingram81 macrumors newbie


    Oct 17, 2012
    Charleston, SC

    USA! USA! USA!


  18. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    If I do what you say and bring the machine back to New Jersey I am committing sales tax fraud. Like it or not that is the plain and simple truth.
    The combined population Of Alaska. Oregon .Montana. New Hampshire and Delaware is less then that of New york city about 8 million. Our country has about 312,000,000 people so under 3% would not pay sales tax. Yes there are ways to avoid on a tax holiday or a low tax zone. But I would guess under 10% of macs purchased in the usa do not pay sales tax in a legal manner. Now maybe another 10 or 20% cheat. By driving from New Jersey to Delaware or Maybe Massachusetts to New HampShire. Or order online to a seller that does not charge for example does not charge NJ sales tax. If I buy from them By law I would have to report the purchase and pay NJ or be guilty of a crime.

    So before you state that europe charges higher taxes to pay for socialism don't forget that the US charges sales taxes for socialism. And in some case gives an incentive to commit crime by avoiding them.
  19. alstrike macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2011
    Dude we still have to pay for Health Care and other stuff, in the US is not free.

    Need heart surgery in Spain = You don´t have to pay (you do with taxes)
    Need heart surgery in the US = Either cough up 100k+ or you´re either a dead man or bankrupt.
  20. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    You have finely honed your over simplification skills.
  21. alstrike macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2011
    I know it´s not that simple but you get the point.

    EDIT: I just looked up prices and it´s not that expensive (around 30k), but I don´t know if that covers hospital stay and treatment.
  22. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    The point is there's no such thing as a free lunch. As bad as the current US economy is, I'll take it over the mess that characterizes many EU countries including Spain and Greece.
  23. alstrike macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2011
    Me too.

    Public health care is a really good thing if you have the means and money to maintain it.

    The thing is that politicians in Spain have been busy taking money from real state speculators and bankers amongst other things :mad:
  24. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    I had no intent in sparking a political debate. Sorry.

    Phillip can you link me to the NJ sales tax statute saying that if you drive to Delaware and buy a computer, you have to pay NJ tax on it?
  25. philipma1957, Oct 24, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey

    Thank you for Apologizing And as for the link;

    Well I could give me a few minutes.

    (I have a degree in accounting and worked for the IRS in collections (Really bad job that I quit after 6 months or so) for a while back in the 80's while going to Queens College on the GI Bill.)

    Links found

    page 4 of above;

    "Use Tax
    A use tax liability may be incurred when taxable goods or services are purchased for use in New Jersey but sales tax was not collected, or was collected at a rate less than the New Jersey sales tax rate. In these instances the purchaser is liable for payment of use tax at the New Jersey sales tax rate. Thus, when taxable items are purchased from Internet retailers or mail-order catalog com- panies that do not collect New Jersey sales tax, the purchaser is required to remit the use tax di- rectly to the State of New Jersey.
    Example: Frank Smith, a New Jersey resi- dent, ordered a $3,000 pool table over the Internet from a company based in another state. The company sent the pool table to Mr. Smithís home in New Jersey and did not charge him any sales tax. It is Mr. Smithís responsibility to remit use tax, in the amount of $210 ($3,000 ! 7%), directly to the State of New Jersey.

    For more information about use tax, see publica- tion ANJ-7, Use Tax in New Jersey.


    here is another pdf to read

    BTW many other states have laws like this New York Has one.

    I remember a few years ago a story out of Trenton NJ the state sent 8 cars with 2 sales tax agents to a large mall in Delaware on black friday. They copied down about 2800 nj car plates in the parking lot then sent each NJ car owner the documents from above along with a sales tax form for out of state purchases!

    personally I think like the guy from spain said a few posts back there is no free lunch. you pay one way or the other.

Share This Page