UK prices suck!!!

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by gazfocus, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. gazfocus macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    Ok so just a rant, but why on earth do UK customers always get stung with Apples crap pricing?

    The 8GB Touch is $229 (£115) in US but its £169 ($340) in the uk!

    This sucks big time!
     
  2. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    It's improving, historically Apple used an exchange rate of $1 = £1
     
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    do not forget you need to add you VAT tax. that $229 does not have any tax added to it
     
  4. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, but even going by UK's tax of 17.5% it still makes it $269 compared to the $340 UK customers are expected to pay
     
  5. voxnj macrumors regular

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    Part of the answer probably lies in your Import Tariffs -- a throw-back to Colonial Days. By the way, we want our Stamp Tax payments back! (Just kidding)
     
  6. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    From my short time in London everything seemed more expensive, although charging 25% more for the same product after taxation seems a bit excessive.
     
  7. slybeans macrumors member

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    Your calculations are off, the pound doesn't double the dollar anymore.
     
  8. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    well ok, but it's not far off is it? Isn't is something like $1.85 = £1? You try working that out during a rant :p
     
  9. TEG macrumors 604

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    You are forgetting that the UK is screwed for most things. Something that cost $5 here costs £5 there. This has been true for decades. At least Apple is curbing the prices a little bit. Plus I believe that there are import fees to the UK since either the US and UK don't have free trade, or China and UK don't have free trade, or both.

    TEG
     
  10. Tourist macrumors member

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    $1.75 = 1 quid and falling,

    so $229= £130 + VAT 17.5% = £152.75

    £169 is only about 10% more than the US price
     

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