Why Are Macs So Expensive In Australia?

June 4, 2007 — 22 Comments

I’ve been looking into the potential of switch to a Mac over the last couple of days, what I don’t get is this:

The Apple Store (Australia) – Mac Pro



The Apple Store (U.S.) – Mac Pro



Using xe.com (conversion rate of 83c), the same Mac sold in the US is $3,002 AUD. So why does Apple sell it for $3,999, 33% higher? even if we allow for 10% GST it still only brings it to $3,300, not $4k.

At $3k it’s reasonable buying, at $4k it’s not.

It’s the same across the board.

A Refurbished Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz Intel Xeon:

US: $2199 USD/ $2640 AUD Australia: $3359 AUD/  $2796 USD

Does anyone know how to import them into Australia directly from the States or can recommend a company that does ship them here? Even with customs duty they’d still work out cheaper.

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