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Advice on buying a mac whilst in the USA

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I am going to be traveling to NY in early 2007. With the dollar being so weak against the pound at the moment, purchasing a mac whilst there will be far far cheaper. I am looking at getting a macboo… Read More
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1d, 5m agoPosted 1 decade, 5 months ago
I am going to be traveling to NY in early 2007. With the dollar being so weak against the pound at the moment, purchasing a mac whilst there will be far far cheaper. I am looking at getting a macbook 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo which retails for around £913 in the UK but I can grab it for £826 with student discount as I am currently at university (this is why I am after a laptop as I am a graphic designer).

The same mac to buy instore from apple in the USA is only £660 which is cheaper than the cheapest macbook in the UK. Obviously, financially it makes far more sense to purchase one whilst I am over there.

Is there anything I should know about going down this route? E.g. when I bring it back to the UK will I lose my warranty? I believe if the macbook is still packaged in its original box and sealed I'm likely to get stung by import duty (any ideas how much this will be btw), but I was told by a friend if I send it back to myself from the US to a residential address I wont have to pay any import duty as it can be declared as a gift (not the case if am company/business was sending it direct from their premises). Anything else or any otherways of picking up the same laptop at a similar price would be of great help.
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1d, 5m agoPosted 1 decade, 5 months ago
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Maybe carrying it on the plane in a laptop bag as hand luggage may stop you having to pay tax on it....tell them you brought it with you in the first place.

I dont know if that will work....lol
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I am going to be traveling to NY in early 2007. With the dollar being so weak against the pound at the moment, purchasing a mac whilst there will be far far cheaper. I am looking at getting a macbook 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo which retails for around £913 in the UK but I can grab it for £826 with student discount as I am currently at university (this is why I am after a laptop as I am a graphic designer).

The same mac to buy instore from apple in the USA is only £660 which is cheaper than the cheapest macbook in the UK. Obviously, financially it makes far more sense to purchase one whilst I am over there.

Is there anything I should know about going down this route? E.g. when I bring it back to the UK will I lose my warranty? I believe if the macbook is still packaged in its original box and sealed I'm likely to get stung by import duty (any ideas how much this will be btw), but I was told by a friend if I send it back to myself from the US to a residential address I wont have to pay any import duty as it can be declared as a gift (not the case if am company/business was sending it direct from their premises). Anything else or any otherways of picking up the same laptop at a similar price would be of great help.


Is this the base 2.0ghz C2D with 1gb? As it's £755 for Higher Education
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Yeah it is the white macbook 2.0Ghz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD. I have gone through the education link (the apple store for education individuals) comes up with that model as being £826 and the bottom most model as £703. Not sure if I am missing something then if you have found it for that price? Also heard that apple had updated their warranty policy and that if you did it via education thing they would offer you 3 years warranty as a posed to the usual 1 year.

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