Hi. So, as you all already probably know, the new Macbook Pro is super expensive, with the maxed out version selling for a crazy amount of $4300. Ready to get your mind blown? I live in Russia, and computers a usually a little bit more expensive here. Let's find out by now much, shall we? So, here I am looking at a brand new dell XPS 15 9550, with QHD display, an Nvidia 960M, 16 gigs of RAM and a 521GB SSD. It costs 138000 rubles on this website, which is 2131 USD: Now let's look at the same model at the official Dell website: it costs 2000 USD. So, it's approximately 6% more expensive in Russia. Now let's look at the 2016 new Macbook Pro. On the official(!) Apple website, you can buy it for $4300, as we already know (which is 2x more expensive then the very similar Dell XPS, but that is not the point). On the same official Apple Russian website, it costs 349000 rubles: Can you guess how much it is? Seriously, take a guess before looking at the answer. -------------------- *THINKING TIME* -------------------- FIVE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDED AND EIGHTY SEVEN DOLLARS!!! That is a 25 percent difference in prices! Buying a Macbook in Russia has the exact same price as flying from Moscow to New York, staying there for a night, buying a US Macbook and flying back. And the funny thing is - as we have just seen - that this has got nothing to do with the VAT or export duties or anything else, as very mysteriously the price increase affects the Apple devices only and nothing else. But I think I can solve this mystery, and I know this reason. It is the same reason why the new Macbooks are $200 more expensive, why there is no headphone jack in Iphone 7 and quite a few wireless "Beats" in Apple Stores, why we need their official dongles for everything, and why even connecting your brand new Iphone to your new Macbook has a little bit more Apple's money-magic than usual. Thanks for reading.