Overpriced Apple Care

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cheddar-caveman, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. cheddar-caveman macrumors newbie

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    Why is the Apple Care extended warranty so much more expensive here than in the US? Can we buy through I wonder?

    Standard extended UK £279 US $349 = £228 £51 more!
    Teacher extended UK £195 US $239 = £156 £39 more!
     
  2. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    I can only guess... Apple is very skilled at charging the highest prices the market will bear. Therefore they've priced products & services as high as possible in each market they sell in.
     
  3. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Doesn't that go for anything and everything?

    15" 2.7 i7 MBP Retina UK £2299 US $2799 = £1827 £472 more!

    For one example....
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Far more to do with the UK than Apple methinks....
     
  5. talmy macrumors 601

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    Perhaps UK price includes VAT. US prices do not include tax which varies greatly on location.

    Edited -- just checked, it is £232 before VAT which is $355.31 at current exchange rate, or only $6 more.
     
  6. Shrink macrumors G3

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    A close friend lives in the UK, and we often compare prices of identical items UK vs. US

    Mostly we find that it is £ = $...or pretty close. Which means the UK price is ~50% higher.

    This is not just for Apple products.

    VAT certainly contributes to the difference.
     
  7. jmdMac macrumors regular

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    Lived in the Uk for nearly a year. I would also agree it's not Apple, it's the UK.

    It was the most expensive place I have ever lived or even visited!
     
  8. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    Well check it in Denmark.

    15" 2.7 i7 MBP Retina DKK 21999 = £2520

    = £221 more than UK, £693 more than US.

    Gonna love the Danish tax.
     
  9. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Could it be the EU (European Union)?

    Not sure but there is a great documentary out there about some of these economical / financial topics you can look up:


    "The Tax Free Tour"
     
  10. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    Because VAT (~17%) is included. UK laws require it.

    The American price is before tax.

    It still is a tiny bit higher even before VAT but I guess that's to make sure the price converted to USD never gets cheaper than the US price even with currency fluctuation.
     
  11. mrwalsh1968 macrumors member

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    You can get Applecare in UK for £222 delivered for MacBook pro 15/17
    £57 cheaper than from Apple directly.
    VAT in UK is 20% by the way.
     
  12. ~~Hello~~ macrumors 6502

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    Buy through amazon marketplace it's cheaper.
     
  13. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    Europe is more expensive.... here in US rmbp 15 base version costs the equivalent of 1830 euros, whilst in Italy is 2229....
     
  14. abc123 macrumors 6502

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    Try living in Australia...

    Apple care for a 15" mbp is A$429 even though under local consumer law laptops are covered by a two year statutory warranty.
     

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