New Pricing!!! Bit over the top

Discussion in 'iMac' started by carlosbutler, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a

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    I have just seen the price for the new iMacs, and they are dam expensive. When i bought mine (top end model before these) and 4gb i paid no where near that price. i apid about £1100 max.

    The Pro's have also been shoved up in price... I was just wondering what is going on
     
  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    GBP has plummeted in value against USD. The prices are fair.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    No clue as to why, no one may ever know, but I think I saw a $300 increase in price on the MacPros. I could be wrong, but if I am wrong, I'm not super off.
     
  4. Aegelward macrumors 6502

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    Apple realized that the pound is no longer crushing the dollar, and adjusted their prices accordingly.

    Somehow you'd think they'd realize that there is a recession going on though.

    Honestly, it's a bad move. consumers are pretty frugal at these times. i was aching for a new desktop. with these prices i might just save money by building a PC, i might however used the money saved to buy myself a macbook pro...
     
  5. tiguk macrumors 6502

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    That might be an argument if the US prices hadn't also gone up....

    The fact remains, £499 is an awful lot of money for a basic machine with no monitor, keyboard or mouse... the 2nd hand market has just been given a huge boost.
     
  6. carlosbutler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thats what i thought, but the pro's have gotten slower as well, havent they? i cant tell because the site doesnt work for me. its just stopped:mad:
     
  7. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    Ouch ... the prices are sharp .... i'm gonna wait until i get my bonus later this month but i'm gonna pop for the 2.93Ghz model with 4850 option .... although that would make it the single most expensive computer i have ever bought

    Damn the $/£ exchange rate these days
     
  8. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Taking the 24" 2.66GHz model as an example:

    UK price = £1199
    Minus 15% VAT = £1042.60

    Converted to USD that is $1472.32, which means that those in the UK are actually getting a better deal from Apple than Americans at the moment, since their machine is $1499.
     
  9. carlosbutler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :( *crying* im going to spain in easter, such a crap rate from pound to euro, well pound to anything. back in the days when 1€ = £0.63p :p
     
  10. kurosov macrumors 6502a

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    I'll take this time to point out that with the current exchange rate $1,499 is £1,061 yet the UK base 24" costs £1,199.

    The price hike is indeed way too high.
     
  11. Aegelward macrumors 6502

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    i think the sharpest one is the Mac Pro previously you were able to strip it of the second processor, and bring down the price quite comfortably. now the baseline is more expensive than the previous and you can't strip it off anything to bring the price down.

    Combined with an Edu discount i was almost going to buy one.
     
  12. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    As previously pointed out ... you have to remove VAT from the UK price ... the US store doesn't include state taxes so you generally have to add 7 - 12% to their price
     
  13. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    See my post above. The US prices do not include sales tax, whereas the UK prices do.

    The UK price is actually better on that model.
     
  14. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    I actually just went onto scan.co.uk and spec'd up a computer that more or less matches the new iMac 24 2.93 w/ 4850 with monitor etc ... came out at £1569 ... which is more or less the same price as iMac but iMac is a much more compact option which the price doesn't reflect ...

    So the new iMac's look expensive but they're not actually THAT bad ... they've got DDR3 ram, comes with 4Gb which is decent, 4850 gfx is a good card and the monitors are always sweet in a sleek aluminium body ... it does actually price up well
     
  15. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    For the price of the 2.9GHz iMac you could build a Core i7 based system and it would completely obliterate the iMac in performance.
     
  16. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    You have to compare like for like ... if you want a core i7 system without display then yes you can build a lot for £1500 ... but if you start throwing in top end 24" monitors it drives price closer to the £2k mark
     
  17. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    For those who are interested, here is a complete comparison between the UK and US prices on iMac and Mac mini:

    Mac mini:
    1
    UK price: $611.19
    US price: $599.00

    2
    UK price: $794.89
    US price: $799.00

    iMac:
    1
    UK price: $1161.95
    US price: $1199.00

    2
    UK price: $1467.12
    US price: $1499.00

    3
    UK price: $1834.21
    US price: $1799.00

    4
    UK price: $2201.03
    US price: $2199.00
     
  18. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    Nice one mate :)
     
  19. gkarris macrumors 604

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    SWEEEET!

    The educators' discounts are better! Was $579 for the Mini, now it's $549! Same for the other dekstops!
     

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