Would shipping a 15" across from USA be cheaper?


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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.
 

Zakoth

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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.
Eastern UK.

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

thundersteele

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Eastern UK.

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

Zakoth

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

I know shipping is around £45
 

heisenberg123

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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.
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
 

thundersteele

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

I know shipping is around £45
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.
 

snaky69

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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.
 

thundersteele

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There can still be handling fees.