Way too expensive

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Merkie, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    The iPhone 5 costs around $875 for the 16GB model in Europe. That price is utterly ridiculous, almost $100 more than the 4S a year ago when it was introduced. Apple afraid their pile of money wouldn't double by next year? :(
  2. d3v1l.cr0 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2012
    I payed $1100 for the iPhone 4s 32GB factory unlocked, bought it via eBay from the UK.

    I expect the same price for the 5 to have.
  3. Munnichs macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Increased taxes? Runaway inflation? Value of Euro falling?
  5. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    It does seem expensive, the Apple site is saying 'from £529' so i'm guessing its gonna be 529/629/729 16/32/64 gb capacities.

    I wanted 64gb 5 & Applecare, that's gonna knock me close to £800 :S
  6. Merkie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Already corrected for the Euro. It didn't really fall (€1 = $1,29 compared to about $1,40 last year).

    It doesn't make sense. The new iPod is €319 which is more than $400. The US price is $299.
  7. THEAnonymous macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2008
    The price was jacked up about $50 here in Canada as well (unlocked version)
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You can't compare prices in different regulatory jurisdictions. Taxes and the cost of doing business are higher in Europe than in the USA, and that is accounted for in the cost of your goods. Everything is more expensive over there.

    As for your original question, why did it go up relative to your old price, I really don't know. Good question. I can only guess that GST taxes are going up as part of austerity, but I don't know what country you're in.

    Sorry man. At least you get a lot of prepaid government services and long paid vacations.
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I was a bit surprised to see that, considering that the loonie is above the US dollar again.
  10. Merkie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    It's just weird to hear Tim Cook say it'll be released at the same price point, only to make it more expensive in almost every country except the US.
  11. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012
    Only the 16GB got more expensive, the other ones are just the same as last time. And who really wants the 16 GB anyway? So I am not fussed about the increase.
  12. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    Pretty sure all of Europe has a value added tax (VAT).

    Also, aren't you guys always boasting about how you don't have contracts?
    This is why.
  13. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    We pay twice if not three times more than you European guys on our cellphone monthly payments (Data, Text, and Call). So what are you crying about? I would be glad to pay $1000 for an iPhone 5, but at the same time reduce my bill by $80-100 a month.
  14. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    My first 80GB iPod Classic cost me $400. THAT was a waste of money.
  15. i-John macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2008
    The Republic of Texas
    Just my personal opinion, so don't get your knickers in a twist.

    Anyone who pays $800 for a phone is nuts. It's just a damn phone. While I like the technology and has made my life easier, unless I get it subsidized, screw it, I can live with the one that's a couple of years old.
  16. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Sounds odd, the official prices from Apple Store isn't out yet in Norway, but various webshop's are taking pre-orders and are taking around 70-100$ over the release price of unlocked iPhone 4S, which would normally mean that the price of iPhone 5 from Apple Store Norway should be about the same as the iPhone 4S as these webshop tends to take a 50-100$ fee just because they are offering orders before Apple Store itself.
  17. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I live in the states and got one through AT&T at a subsidy price of $200 (what most everyone does here as far as I can tell). If I had to pay over $1,000 I wouldn't have one. And if I did HAVE to pay that much, I would have to make it last more than a couple of years (which is about how often I upgrade). Why not just buy a 4S? I imagine that's much more reasonable.
  18. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Just £29 more here for the 16gb with the same price for the 32gb and 64gb, given the vat increase we had its not a huge amount. The galaxy s 3 is only £30 cheaper so the iphone isn't overpriced here.
  19. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    It's strange to see a 16GB iP5 in the UK for that price, whereas, in the US it's $649.00. Then again, it must be odd for you guys to see what we pay for Burberry, Range Rovers and Jags plus the maintenance of it knowing well they're made here in the US.

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