UK iPhone SE: $399 = £279 not £359?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Quicklite, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Quicklite macrumors regular

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    I'm slightly puzzled why the SE is overpriced by £80 in the UK. They're charging £359 for the UK model - despite $399 only translating to £279 today (GBP has taken a bit hit lately too). Which is ironic because this is Apple's budget handset - and £80 here is the price gap between a mid-ranking Android, and a top end one.

    If one were to get a friend to bring a sim-free version over from the States, would the warranty still be international, and would the network work?
     
  2. OllyW Moderator

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    You have forgot about VAT. The US price is listed without sales tax which is applied at point of sale but ours include the 20% tax.

    We still pay a bit extra but not as much as your figures suggest.
     
  3. bushido Suspended

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    considering the US got something cute like 8 to 9 % of tax it would be around 305 pounds but yea SUCKS.

    oh and it could be worse ... in Euro it is about 390 pounds (Germany) to 400 pounds in Italy :eek:
     
  4. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    Different countries in the Eurozone show variations in pricing.

    Netherlands
    16GB: €489
    64GB: €489

    Italy
    16GB: €509
    64GB: €609

    Portugal
    16GB: €499
    64GB: €599

    Austria
    16GB: €479
    64GB: €579

    Clearly there is more than just currency conversion rates influencing the price. I'd imagine that extra are taxes being added along the way.
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Vat and import taxes are to account for a large part of the difference.
     
  6. Tunster macrumors 6502

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    Anyone who's bought electronics in the states/abroad and get it imported into the UK is expensive!

    The prices don't surprise me, but will still challenge people looking at the Nexus/Samsung phones etc.
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Stupid question.

    But if u just buy 1-2 from the USA and bring it back and not declare it. Chances are they won't catch you?
     
  8. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    They always do this. It's never a straight conversion. We always pay more.
     
  9. admob71 Suspended

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    Bin the box , make sure it works, hey presto
     
  10. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    I'm slightly puzzled by people who never consider sales tax.
     

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