Should I buy my G5 in US ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ongo, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. ongo macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2006
    Hello there

    I am going to purchase the QUAD G5 and 23inch Monitor

    I found a nice deal in the US but reside in France

    My question is of course this G5 will be configured to be plugged on US current

    does the QUAD G5 offer a voltage switch (210-110) on the back of the machine

    I want to avoid using transformers on both the G5 and 23inch monitor

    THX for your help
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    My Rev A G5 is from the US – it has an automatic voltage switcher so all I needed to do was swap the plug cable and it all worked fine. I'm not sure if this is the case with the newer Quad models, though.

    A couple of words of warning – the warranty for a Mac desktop will normally only cover the machine in the country it was bought – so if you have any technical problems you may find you're not covered. Also be wary of taxes – depending where in the States your G5 is there may be extra Sales Tax to pay that'll bump the price up, and also check if there are any custom charges for bringing the machine into France.
  3. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    You don't need a transformer. From the US Apple Store G5 Specs page:

    Attached Files:

  4. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    also becareful about the 23" Apple display

    look here

    or look through Apple discussion and u will find many issues related to that.
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Yes, make sure that the warranty applies when you bring it out of the US. You don't want something that expensive to not be covered by warranty.

    I think Apple has a worldwide warranty for portables only, but I'm not sure.
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Check the potential shipping charges beforehand too.

    If you're planning on bringing it back yourself, be prepared for excess baggage charges.

    If you're having it shipped, then ask how much it's likely to be and be aware that you're far more likely to have to pay on the customs charges that way.
  7. ongo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2006
    Thank you all

    you have been very helpfull !!!!!!
  8. dunnaldur macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2006
    Just another 'be careful' note.
    You would not have ANY (local) warranty on a G5, iMac or dispay if you buy it in US and bring it to France.
    It could turn very nasty very quick.
    At least now you have the information to make an informed decision :). GL.
  9. liquidh2o macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2004
    think you might have to pay duties on the powermac if you take it with you.
  10. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Before you take it back to France consider two things;
    1) French Sales Tax is 20.6%
    2) Do you really want to live in France with all those French people?:p
  11. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Oh, they're so nice compared to Americans :p
  12. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    what country doesn't have nicer people than the US, as far as i'm concerned we're all a bunch of jerks, myself included.
  13. Jedda macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2003
    Apple's warranty applies worldwide to portables, iPods, and accessories, as well as the Mac mini.

    The iMacs as well as the PowerMacs are only covered in the country that they are puchased in.

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