UK Prices

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by englishman, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. englishman macrumors 6502a

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    Looking to buy a Mac Pro but boy are the prices steep in the UK.

    If I translate the USA prices on a current exchange rate the prices are fine.

    Boy, in the UK we are smashed!

    8-Core UK £2,499 = $4,136
    8-Core US $3,299

    about 25% more
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    It is what it is. Exchange rates vary, costs of doing business, levels of taxes, etc.

    Topic has been done to death.
     
  3. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's excuse is that it costs more to do business here. That's complete and utter crap IMO, but all companies need to make profit and satisfy the shareholders to be fair.
     
  4. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This time it seems worse

    I can see the reason for the difference.

    But it seems to be more pronounced this time. The 8-core can be considered the base model and $500 more than the previous base model. The 4 core can be considered the watered down version due to memory restrictions etc.
     
  5. ukcolinr macrumors regular

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    I assume the price you're quoting from the UK includes VAT? The apple store is down right now so I can't check to be sure, but assuming so, the price excluding VAT (@15%) is £2,124.15 which in USD (according to XE.com right now) is $3,503.39, which isn't far off the US price. When you think the USD has been down to almost as low as $1.4/£1 there have been times in the last year when, if you're not looking at VAT (which is the only fair way to compare) it's been cheaper to buy your Mac in the UK?
     
  6. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ukcolinr

    I am sure you are right when you take VAT into account.

    Its just a moan really spending the hard earnt cash!
     
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The 2008* Mac Pro was £70 more expensive in the UK than the US price at the exchange rate (exluding tax) upon launch. The 2009* Mac Pro was £215 less at launch and currently £135 more.

    It's just as edesignuk said. US goods are always more expensive here, it's just we notice it more now with the Internet to see prices on. The price differences between the UK and US aren't really that obscene. It's the VAT most people notice and ignore that it is not Apple's fault. That said, of course Mac Pro prices went up a lot while offering less which was Apple's choice.

    *2.8GHz 8 core vs 2.26GHz 8 core
     
  8. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Umbongo - thanks - I'll go back to scouring the Ebay ads - that might make my extravagence a little less embarassing! ;)
     
  9. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    2499/115*100 = 2173 (removes VAT)

    Into dollars = $3587
     
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Don't forget the refurb store if you want an 09 machine. I don't know whats on there currently as the store is down but the prices are below. They usually have an 08 3.2GHz system on there which is a good deal for £2,499.

    Code:
    Quad 2.66GHz £1899 refurb: £1649
    Quad 2.93GHz £2299 refurb: £1949
    Octo 2.26Ghz £2499 refurb: £2149
    Octo 2.66GHz £3619 refurb: £3099
    Octo 2.93Ghz £4579 refurb: £3999
    
     
  11. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    In the UK we get ripped off for everything [​IMG] you should know that by now
     
  12. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

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    Not always, we get much better mobile phone deals than the US from what I've seen.
     
  13. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well also the prices seem to have gone up in the Uk.

    My first Powermac was one of the last G5s (refurb) about 3 years ago and was about £950 (dual 2.0)

    My next was a 2.66 and was £1,250 ish (used) - that was the last one I had before selling for a MBP (used)

    I could also get the previous generation by opting down for a single CPU to something less than £1,500.

    But now even the cheapest Quad is £1,899

    I have thought of using my HE discount but that's still usually higher than a used price so usually not worth it.

    And to get one with a decent 4870 in - that's about £2,000 - which is more than double what I paid for a very usable G5 just 3 years (2006) or so ago.

    So that's a doubling in price!
     
  14. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm more of an iTouch man.
     
  15. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not talking about the iPhone, I'm talking about phone network prices and deals in general.
     

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