US - Canadian Price Discrepancy

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jb007clone, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. jb007clone macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2006
    The Breakdown:

    USA: iPad 16GB wifi - $499 USD = $494.335 CAD
    Canada: iPad 16GB wifi - $549 CAD = $554.175 USD

    Just sayin'.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Tell your Canadian legislator to repeal Canada's import tax if you don't like it.
  3. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    lol ohhhh snapp !
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    What about the 13 other factors that affect the price? Just sayin'. :rolleyes:
  5. thesmoth macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    It's a scam everyone in Canada uses to make more money.

    If the Canadian dollar goes down slightly, they jack up prices saying they have to account for the US dollar difference. If the Canadian dollar goes way up, they keep it the same. If it goes down again, BOOM, another price increase.

    Greedy bastards.
  6. Piggie, Feb 3, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011

    Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Are these prices before or after sales tax?

    In the UK, BEFORE sales tax the 16GB WiFi iPad is approx $592

    In the UK, INCLUDING sales tax (which we have to pay) the 16GB WiFi iPad is $708.46

    I thought I may as well do all the UK Prices......................

    These prices include UK sales tax. So these are the prices you actually have to pay in a UK store.

    16GB WiFi = $708.46
    32GB WiFi = $823.19
    64GB WiFi = $987.83

    16GB 3G = $ 873.23
    32GB 3G = $ 987.77
    64GB 3G = $ 1152.47

    So, yes, Over $700 is the lowest price iPad you can buy in the UK.
  7. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    I could be wrong, but I don't think there's an import tax for the iPhones because of the free trade agreement(NAFTA) If you buy the iPhone from the USA and bring it into Canada, you don't pay any import tax, just federal and provincial taxes applicable for every purchase.
  8. fishcove Guest

    Apple pretty much sets their international prices when a product/rev is released.

    They don't change them to account for currency fluctuations.

    If the Canadian $ remains at its current levels until the iPad 2 is released, you might see an adjustment at that time.
  9. kapebretoner macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2011
    Cape Breton, NS
    import tax

    We don't pay an import tax on ipads or other electronics but we pay sales tax (PST) and gst. Provinces charge different rates. I live in nova scotia and a 16 gb ipad wifi costs $549 plus 82.35 taxes (15%) equals $631.35. Also, we will wait for the privilege of buying an ipad 2 - simply because it is a USA launch first. Closest US apple store for me is at least a 15 hr drive one way.

    But on the bright side we have Hockey Night In Canada and most home have running water and indoor plumbing.
  10. ehoui macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    And you do have that guy who announces/analyzes hockey games and wears such colo(u)rful jackets. Maybe the difference in price is used to subsidize his wardrobe?
  11. DigitalRanger macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2010
    Don Cherry.... A legend (and not just because of his deportment!)

    Yes, electronics prices in the maritimes are nuts... We get screwed by the gov't every chance they get... Living in NS with the highest income tax in Canada as well as 15% sales tax is aggravating but since it'll cost more to move, I'm left to complain about it :)
  12. John01021988 macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    There's an import Tax because the Country of Origin is China, China does not have a free trade agreement with Canada.
    If the iPad was manufactured in the US with US produced chips, that would be another story.

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