Why The Difference In Price?

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  1. Loaf macrumors newbie

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    I was browsing on the US Apple Store website and I checked the price on a 15" MBP 2.0GHz. The price is $1,799 which when converted via xe.com is €1,238. A reasonable price tbf.

    I then checked the price on the exact same machine on the Irish Apple Store website, wait for it... €1,799

    I am going to email Apple to see how they justify the difference in price but I wanted to stick it up here first.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The us price hasn't had local tax applied. If you add that it works out not far off the same.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Uh, no. The Irish price includes VAT, which is significantly more than US state taxes.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    1: US prices are pre tax
    2: Cost of business is not same everywhere
    3: Apple can price them however they want
     
  5. Loaf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just checked with a Philadelphia zip code and the tax was $107... Still a huge difference.

    The next Mac I buy will be via the US
     
  6. nastebu macrumors 6502

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    Of course, you'll have to come pick it up. Which makes sense if you're already going to be here.

    In theory, the computer might be subject to a tariff when you try to reenter Ireland. When you fill out the immigration card, you might flag an inspection. In reality, I don't think that happens often.
     
  7. Loaf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'd get it shipped to my friends in Philly and then he could ship it over to me.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    And then u pay 21% plus a handling charge when customs looks at the gift declaration and laugh

    €1238 plus shipping
    Add on 21% vat
    Add handling charge

    You'll be out of pocket
     
  9. Loaf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I get stuff shipped to me all the time from the us and i've never been stung by customs
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The problem you have is if customs do check it they look for the local value and calculate the vat that way you could end up paying alot more than if you had just purchased through apple in the first place
     
  11. Slow Programmer macrumors regular

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    I wonder if you would need to get a new power adapter? Not sure that the one that comes with a USA model would work in Ireland.
     
  12. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    You should just need a US > UK plug converter, I assume.

    I studied abroad in Rome (from the U.S.) and that's all I needed while abroad. I know there's a difference in EU vs. UK plugs, but all of Europe has different voltage and what not than the US, and I didn't have any issue.
     
  13. Loaf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ireland is 220v whereas us is 110v but macs work from 100v-220v
     

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