UK pricing = pain as usual

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobnugget, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. bobnugget macrumors regular

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    iLife 08 was £69
    iWork 08 was £57

    Both of the new ones are £69 each. Ouch! And remember:
    £79 U.S. dollars = £53.86

    I see Apple are still ripping us off for software in the UK... I'd buy the Mac Box Set for £115 ($ price), but not for £150 (rip off price). Also, edu (teacher, not student) discount on the Mac Box is a fantastic 98p.

    Hopefully play.com will do some good discounts on the new ones, like they do on the 08 versions!
     
  2. ritzuk macrumors member

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    Screwed again. With people being a bit more frugal nowadays, I'm guessing companies like Apple will start feeling the pinch when UK customers start looking elsewhere.

    The age of screwing the British is over!
     
  3. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    Just download the trial then buy the official code from a US eBayer.
     
  4. OllyW Moderator

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    I thought iLife '08 was £55 too?

    The reason for the increase is because the Pound has dropped 25% in value compared to the Dollar since iLife '08 and iWork '08 were released. Also remember the US prices don't include sales tax but ours include VAT.
     
  5. bobnugget thread starter macrumors regular

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    :D Good idea. Hadn't thought of that! I'll wait and see what play do to the price as they usually manage to drop it a bit too, and I can get quidco cashback too.

    Of course, I wouldn't be having this problem if Phil had just announced the mini with graphics :)
     
  6. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    I agree, because then we could buy a new Mini with software in the bundle, for less. I think I will wait a bit and see what happens.
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    just wait until you see how much it costs to have an extra 4GB of RAM put in the 17" macbook pro!!!!!!!

    £839.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Well, that's not exactly much more than the $1,200 (£826.33) it costs in the US.
     
  9. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    £200 more than a Mac Pro? Ha, they are having another big laugh at the UK.
     
  10. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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  11. NATO macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget our prices include 15% VAT, whereas the US Price does not.

    I think the main thing going on is that £Sterling is worth bugger all right now...
     
  12. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Unreal. The Canadian student discount is a measly $10 off, an there's no discount off the bundle. :mad:

    I'll wait for the campus computer store to announce pricing... they had Leopard on for a pretty good price, so hopefully they're aggressive with the new software, too. I want the new iMovie. :D
     
  13. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    That's hilarious...it's actually cheaper to buy iLife '09, iWork '09 and OSX Leopard as 3 seperate products in the HE store than it is to buy the Mac box set.
     
  14. nanoboy macrumors member

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    Family Pack

    There're more than 5 Mac users in my office, so I'll be organising the family pack for iWork, £85, so £17 each, what a bargain!!!!!! :D
     
  15. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    if someone really needs this software they will buy it no matter wot the price.
     
  16. Reason077 macrumors 68000

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    Remember that the UK price includes 15% VAT. The US price does not. Yeah, we're still paying more, but its not quite as bad as it appears.
     
  17. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    I know it's a bit off topic, but can anyone remember the price of the 17" Macbook Pro before it got updated? Just curious as to whether the price increased in the UK.
     
  18. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    Since moving to Mac I haven't torrented (stolen) any software,

    But as they wanna screw me.. I'll screw them.
     
  19. NATO macrumors 68000

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    According to the Google cache page from the UK Store, the 17" MacBook Pro was £1908 just before the announcement so the new one is slightly more expensive. It's probably a slight correction due to the £/$ exchange rate at the moment.
     
  20. ritzuk macrumors member

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    The prices haven't changed since when we were getting $2 for every £1!

    It only looks more reasonable now because of the terrible exchange rate.
     
  21. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    i'm not sure they ever really changed in our favour when it got to $2 to £1..

    To me the price of apple notebooks in real terms hasn't improved at all since it was like $1.60 to a pound a few years back..
     
  22. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    The exchange rate is screwed if you hadn't noticed.

    Some months ago £1 = $2, now £1 = $1.50

    £149/115*100 (removes VAT) = £130. £130 * 1.5 = $190. Which is about right, its still $20 more, but its more expensive to do business in this country.

    If you live in the UK and you are going to buy an iMac prepare to be screwed on that as well. £919 baseline is my prediction.

    It was all of you that wanted Apple pricing in the UK based on the exchange rate, now it is and it's backfiring in a big way.

    The only good thing is that we are getting all the iMacs, Minis, Mac Pro's that have not been updated for a while for an absolute steal compared to the US. Top end iMac is $2200, were getting it for $1750.
     
  23. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    I remember when the top end Black MacBook was dropped in price from £999 to £949, which was due to the exchange rate, or at least that is what I think they said.
     

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