The US is, by far, the cheapest place to buy Apple products. It doesn’t matter whether it is an iPhone, an iPad, Mac or any other Apple gadget, buying straight from apple.com is the way to go.
At Apple’s online store in the US, prices can be as little as 50% of what that electronics retail store across the road from you indicates. In fact, in July 2017 when the price of the iPhone 7 Plus was $869 and MacBook retailing at $1,299 in the US, prices elsewhere, including Japan, Dubai, and Malaysia were quite a bit higher. In UAE, for instance, the very same iPhone device in its mint, unopened condition was over $1000!
Is it cheaper to buy Apple gadgets in the US?
It is! The best deals on all Apple gadgets can be found straight from their American store. In other words, the cheapest way to buy any Apple product online is by placing an order straight from their official Apple US online store.
Placing an order of your favorite Apple device online, from the comfort of your sofa, is both risk-free and hassle-free, and saves a ton, compared to buying from a local Apple dealer. If you don’t live in the US, you will have to find a way to ship internationally from the Apple store, though.
Still not convinced? Let’s do the math: Cost of Apple Gadgets in the US vs. UK
Well, under equal conditions, the price of, say, iPhone 7 Plus in the US is usually lower than in any part of the world. But this isn’t always the case when you take into consideration all expenses involved, primarily when you don’t shop smart. To shop smart, we’ll have to analyze the final cost of the same device in the two countries, with Tax and Import Duty included.
In America, taxes vary from one state to another. You’ll see Apple advertising iMac 4K for $1,499 (equal to £1,036.36 in the UK) in the US and selling the very same device for £1,449 (around $1,950) in the United Kingdom. The $450 you’ll have recouped after ordering from the US, therefore, is quite a decent amount.
Taxes slapped on the same devices in the US, pretty much like the international shipping cost and Import Duty upon arrival in the UK, can significantly affect the price. The fees paid as the package passes through customs offices are unavoidable, whether you buy the device on your own or someone purchases it as a gift for you. But the total cost will still be a bit lower compared to when you buy from a local Apple retail store that’s eager to make a decent profit.
Apple International Delivery
Apple’s US online store doesn’t offer international shipping. It is the company’s policy: you can’t buy from Apple US and ship internationally directly. However, you can use a US package forwarding service to ship iPhones or other Apple goods from the USA to your country.
Since Apple’s US store ships within the US only, you will need to sign up for an American address, which you will use when placing your order at Apple’s webstore. Once you complete the checkout (or your personal US shopper makes the purchase for you), Apple will ship your order to the forwarder’s US address. After that the US parcel forwarder will ship your package to you. Even though you will have to pay international shipping fees and possibly your country’s import duties, the total amount will most likely still be lower compared to what you would have paid for the identical products at your local Apple store.
You can shop Apple US and ship internationally with Parcl - a user-friendly and safe package forwarding service, popular among UK, Canadian, Australian, and other international shoppers. With Parcl you can ship consumer electronics, clothes, shoes, art and hobby items, collectibles, valuable items such as jewelry, designer watches, fashion goods, and even food.