Price Difference: Australia and USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lizardofwoz, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. lizardofwoz macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    Am I being naive?

    Why the ENORMOUS price difference between Apple Australia and Apple USA?

    The Aussie dollar has parity with the US dollar, but the BASE iPhone5 is over AUS$800 in Australia.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You are looking at unsubsidized pricing
    The US prices are with a 2 year contract on the carrier... i.e. a subsidized price
  3. articulatefool macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    The base iphone 5 here is $649.

    There are many factors that may apply including import tax, local tax, federal tax, etc...
  4. knuster macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2009
    Same **** here in europe!

    679€ for the 16GB iphone 5......that's $875!!!
  5. lizardofwoz thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    Thank you, MacDawg.
  6. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    IN AU can you get a discount if you sign a contract like in the US?
  7. hifromtomorrow macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    And a little gouging. All companies do it to us down here.

    I'm buying one anyway, am I right people!?
  8. KandyKane macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    You guys pay Tax on top of that right? About 10%? So it works out $714USD???

    Our pricing is $799AUD including GST. So $85 difference isn't too bad.

    Yes we get it cheaper on a contract, but we pay monthly instead of upfront (e.g.. 16GB iPhone4S is currently an extra $7 per month on a $60 plan x 24 months, It varies with the plans, they come 'free' or included on higher plans)
  9. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Tax varies, some places it is no tax, others it may be close to 10%. Where I live, tax is 6%
  10. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Australians at age 20 make a minimum wage of $15.69 an hour American's make an average minimum of $6.50 there is a big difference that is why you pay more. If anything you should be paying double.
  11. upnorth85 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    As some who has lived in Oz and now US, I think everything costs more in Australia. Custom fee and processing, transportation, GST taxes and huge difference in retail wages, low population for apportioning overheads means everything in OZ costs more. Even a cruise starting in the US is sold for higher price in OZ. US wages and transportation costs are lower than Europe. This is not about Apple but local costs. Even McDonalds pricing is same. I just got back from a European trip and everything costs more there! Luckily no US style tipping system there.
  12. Mr Hill macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    This is probably part of the reason. Thank your government. In addition to import taxes and fees.
  13. Random 995K macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2012
    Actually we Australians pay THE SAME on plans! We can get the iphone 5 for FREE with $60 a month for two years. American pay $200 and have to pay something like $50 a month plus TAX. In australia 10% GST is included, so to make matters even worse for americans, they pay $220 for the phone. And also (not 100% sure) pay 10% on top of the monthly bill. Also we make more money than americans on average.

    Outright Americans get it for $649+tax (~$65) while we get it for $799 outright. It works out cheaper for them by about $70 outright but as said earlier, on average we make more $ per hour. The Iphone also subsidised in Australia.
  14. Nale72 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2012
    Here in Sweden the lowest price for an unlocked iPhone 5 16 GB is equivalent to around 900 USD...
  15. syd430 Guest

    Average incomes are also higher in Australia, which allows them to get away with a higher price at the same level of demand when all other exogenous factors are equal (which they are not).


    How is a bad thing if prices are high, but wages are even higher? The net result is lower prices relative to wages. You are actually applauding the government.

    edit: or was that your intention? (thought it was sarcasm at first)
  16. upnorth85 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    Higher prices reduce the standard of living. Australia is around 5th in GDP per capita but drops to 12th or so when purchasing power parity is considered. In the US it is just the reverse and the US ends up in the top 5 for GDP per capita PPP. Bottom line when taxes are low and regulations are low more people have a better standard of living including being able to afford to buy an iPhone. BTW, it is not Apple making more money but the higher expenses in Australia that increase the end price. Additionally, US networks provide unlimited minutes and calls to mobile phones are same as calls to landlines. In Australia calls to mobile phones from landlines are more expensive than calls to the US. So the wireless providers get this additional revenue, thanks to Telstra.


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