why is the ipad air cheaper in China?

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  1. Lon Coldwell

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    Just got back from a visit in China and bought a new ipad air more than 100.00 cheaper than here in the USA. Bought from the Apple store in China.
     
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    The mysteries of world economics is not a subject that we, the unenlightened consumer, can possibly understand. :)

    Or: There are lots of international tariffs, taxes, exchange rates, and regulations involved. Apple probably makes close to the same profit on a sale in China as they do in the United States. They change the price in each country to keep that profit margin.

    If you want to see the expensive side of this equation check out the prices of Apple products in Brazil. I haven't looked myself, but I've been told the difference is scary.
     
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    First, Bob is back. Yeah, Go Bob go.

    To answer your query, it has to do with the declining Yen vs. the proportionate diversionary funding of third world second tier bank debt, vs. the rise in the Euro plus the cost of the yen at its lowest third quarter level, minus the tertiary levels of the underlying securities bound to the debt.

    See, it is simple.
     
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    Hey Bob...so nice to see your return. Welcome back! :)
     
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    Price vary world wide here in Australia street prices are below net cost. One also must understand that each country has different taxes. Prices quoted in Australia include sales tax. If some one purchase an iPad within 60 days before leaving Australia and takes it on the aircraft or in there cabin luggage they can claim the sales tax when leaving. One may purchase items in Hong Kong and China tax free however in many cases this is not less than one can purchase the item back in USA , Australia or other western countries.
     
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    In the Philippines it costs like 10 times the amount of pesos you have to pay for an iPhone 4S than in america when converted into pesos, it would only cost 2000 pesos.

    So its like:

    My country: 20,000
    America: 2000

    Basically the reason is because of international trades and economy. Since the Philippines sucks at that, well you know the drill.
     
  7. twerppoet

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    According to Google's currency converter, the iPad Air at $499 US dollars is 21,781 Philippine Pesos: roughly a 1:43 exchange rate.

    If you're paying 20,000 pesos for an iPad Air (base model), then you are getting a (slight) deal. At least at the moment. Exchange rates change constantly.

    Or, I am missing something. Since you are there, and I'm not, that's very possible.
     
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    Ser Aphim iPad Junkie

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    It kinda costs around 30,000 pesos or 40,000 here.
     
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    So, approaching twice as much as here. Painful.
     
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    Ser Aphim iPad Junkie

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    Kinda want to go to america for a greener pasture. But capitalism is something that worries me so.
     
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    I was under the impression that the Philippines is a capitalist economy. Unless it has changed drastically from the early 80's it's not Socialist, and certainly not Communist.
     
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    This is turning to a political discussion lol. Gotta stop before this grows.

    Well in any case capitalism still exists in my country, I am only worried that it would be worse in America.
     
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    Yep. We should stop and let it go. :)
     

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