Would shipping a 15" across from USA be cheaper?

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  1. Zakoth macrumors member

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    Do you mean from one US coast to the other or from the USA to Europe/Africa/Asia/South America/Oceania?
    As you would have to declare it at customs, it wouldn't be cheaper.
    And it wouldn't be damaged during transport, unless it is carelessly packed.
     
  3. Zakoth thread starter macrumors member

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    Eastern UK.

    I could just buy one from near here but I don't have the money.
     
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    The base cost (i.e. the amount you pay to the vendor) will be lower. Essentially you have the base US price ($1800 for the base 15'') instead of the UK price that includes UK VAT and some 10%-20% premium that Apple puts on the prices abroad.

    To the base US price you have to add:
    - shipping cost (depends on the vendor)
    - UK VAT (unless you know a smart way how to avoid paying it - usually you will have to pay it when the product is delivered, and the postal service will collect the money)
    - postal service fee to collect the VAT
    - other possible fees for importing electronics
    - foreign transaction fee on your credit card (1%-3% I would guess)
    - a small loss on the exchange rate

    Then, you will a) have to wait longer for the product, and b) have a very complicated return process in case there is a problem with the product.

    Potential savings:
    UK price: 1549 pounds = $2450
    US price: $1800
    US price + tax (20%) + cc fee(2%) + $50 misc fees: $2250

    Not sure if that's worth the hassle.
     
  5. Zakoth thread starter macrumors member

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    Considering I own a business I can get the VAT off I think.

    I know shipping is around £45
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    good explanation

    and thats generous too he could pay even more

    when i buy stuff online from the States, im in Canada ive paid as much as 37% for duty
     
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    But then you can also get the VAT off of a purchase in the UK. Don't forget that the US prices do not include VAT!

    The savings will remain marginal I think, less than 10% of the total cost. And there is always an uncertainty in whether they will charge you any duty fees that could be substantial.
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No, as you'd have to pay import duty on the item, so it'll cost you just as much if not more.
     
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    No import duties on computers into the EU. Information taken from http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en

    I decline responsibility for the accuracy of the above information!

    There can still be handling fees.
     

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