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    Default Buying From United States Refurbished Store

    First I decided to buy from the Australian Refurb store. Then I realised the savings were ever more immense if I bought from the American Refurb store. But first I have the following questions:

    1. Has anyone bought from the US Refurb Store before?
    2. If yes,
    a) how much was shipping?
    b) how long did shipping take?
    c) did you ever have trouble getting it fixed under warranty?
    And finally,
    d) are there any quirks in this method I should be warned about?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. I haven't purchased before.
    2. a - shipping will depend on the item, a MacBook will cost less than an iMac for example
    b - most shipping services are no more than a week, unless you get a really cheapskate option
    c - warranty should be worldwide, so there shouldn't be a problem
    d - be wary of local sales tax - the person you ask in the USA to buy the item for you, will be charged sales tax for their state of residence. There will also be a duty applied when you import it to Australia if the AUS$ value is over $1,000.

    Generally, you don't save much, maybe $100 or so, so the hassle isn't worth it. So do your sums and see for yourself.

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    decryption pretty much summed it for you. not to mention if you are using a courier like DHL or FedEx, you might get stung with a "brokerage fee" (wipes out any savings you may have had)

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    most products you wont save allot on its not worth the possible things that could wrong and hassels.

    unless its a macpro

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    Thanks for the replies. Here's exactly how much I'd save:

    Refurbished MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Aluminum $1,099.00 US (1,368.53 AUD)
    Refurbished MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Aluminum - Apple Store (U.S.)
    13.3-inch 1280-by-800 pixel LED-backlit display
    2GB memory, 250GB hard drive

    Refurbished MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Aluminum $ 1,799.00 AUD
    Refurbished MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Aluminum - Apple Store (Australia)
    13.3-inch 1280-by-800 pixel LED-backlit display
    2GB memory, 250GB hard drive

    Around $400 all up. Shipping and tax would probably half that saving. I think you're all pretty much right. The extra hassle is not worth the measly savings.

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    You won't be able to ship something from the US store directly to an Australian address though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trabb View Post
    You won't be able to ship something from the US store directly to an Australian address though.
    Hmm interesting you learn something new
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    I'm a bit confused

    So if i was to live in America i am able to buy the for the same apple product for a cheaper price.

    But if i was to live in australia and buy the same apple product(apart from the exchange rate) why is it so more expensive?

    Is it cause of the local taxes in america you guys are talking bout

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    Its called the Apple Tax

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    what if i bought the same product off a ebay america seller?
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    @the end, You won't save more than 200 on MB
    MBP 2.4g 4g 128g
    nano gggggg 8g
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    Quote Originally Posted by iJohn View Post
    I'm a bit confused

    So if i was to live in America i am able to buy the for the same apple product for a cheaper price.

    But if i was to live in australia and buy the same apple product(apart from the exchange rate) why is it so more expensive?

    Is it cause of the local taxes in america you guys are talking bout

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    it could be called discriminatory pricing. trying to milk the consumer of every dollar possible.

    take this example. rotatrim precision trimmers (google it), same product sold to two different industries (paper printing and photography supplies), in the same country, and there is a price difference of 15-20%.

    Another example is your Nikon (or any other camera, regardless of origin). The same camera sold in HK for one price, but sold in AU for another.

    Finally, that Rolex watch you have been eyeing at your dealer. Sold for one price in Oz, but another price in Switzerland, or even as close as NZ.

    Taxes can play a part in determining your final price.

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    Don't forget you'll get those American duckheads.

    Not worth the hassle overall. Buy in Australia, get it fast. Return policy as well.

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    yeah bloody true!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iJohn View Post
    what if i bought the same product off a ebay america seller?
    I bought a Mac Pro off Ebay US and saved $1,300.00
    You have to wach the exchange rate though.

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    also note unlike Australia the US Store does not display the tax price. Something to remember also when you stand in US Apple store. This is calculated on a state by state basis and done at the register. As stated Apple US will not ship to an Australian address.
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