Buying a MacBook Pro at Heathrow

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Found 19th Sep 2011
Hi,

i'm in the market for a new MacBook Pro and with a holiday coming up, it occurred to me that I might be able to save a few quid by buying at the airport.

I'll be flying to Japan - does anyone know if it'll work out any cheaper if I buy from Dixons (or whoever) at Heathrow, rather than online / on the High St? I was under the impression that I'd be able to get it VAT free - but then what happens at customs when I fly back into the UK with it?

Cheers for any help,

John.
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Buy it from Apple higher education online store, should save you about 10% plus free 3 year Applecare warranty.
Well if you buy it Duty free you wont have any problems getting into/out of Japan with it. Keep your receipt in case of any issues.

Whether it will be any cheaper, I am not sure - in my experience Duty free electrical's are not really any cheaper than buying on the high street.
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I bought my last iPod touch at Stansted. Was effectively vat free, however lots of other stuff was no cheaper than high st.
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master_chief

Buy it from Apple higher education online store, should save you about … Buy it from Apple higher education online store, should save you about 10% plus free 3 year Applecare warranty.


Thanks for the tip - I'll look into that (although I'm probably not eligible for any higher education discounts - does this matter?).
Ritchie 2

Well if you buy it Duty free you wont have any problems getting into/out … Well if you buy it Duty free you wont have any problems getting into/out of Japan with it. Keep your receipt in case of any issues.Whether it will be any cheaper, I am not sure - in my experience Duty free electrical's are not really any cheaper than buying on the high street.


Thanks, appreciate the advice.

Yes, admittedly I need to do some proper price research - to be honest even if it's only a small saving I'm not sure it'll be worth the hassle of lugging it to Japan and back!
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master_chief

Buy it from Apple higher education online store, should save you about … Buy it from Apple higher education online store, should save you about 10% plus free 3 year Applecare warranty.

Ritchie 2

Well if you buy it Duty free you wont have any problems getting into/out … Well if you buy it Duty free you wont have any problems getting into/out of Japan with it. Keep your receipt in case of any issues.Whether it will be any cheaper, I am not sure - in my experience Duty free electrical's are not really any cheaper than buying on the high street.




Doesn't matter at all. You just need any educational link which I'm sure someone will provide. There are no checks by Apple.
In b4 Dcx crybaby
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boothy

In b4 Dcx crybaby


I have absolutely no idea what that means!
You can only bring back goods up to the value of £390 - then VAT becomes payable
hmrc.gov.uk/cus…htm
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gari189

You can only bring back goods up to the value of £390 - then VAT becomes … You can only bring back goods up to the value of £390 - then VAT becomes payable http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/arriving/arrivingnoneu.htm


Aha, thanks, I thought there might be an issue like that. Given all that - not to mention the hassle involved - I'll probably pass, I think!

Pay for the item on the way out, collect on the way back, might be a way to beat the VAT
You only have to pay VAT on goods you bring back into the country though, if you purchase the Macbook at Heathrow then you are not bringing a product back from Japan as you purchased it Duty Free in the UK.

Apple Education store is worth a pop, although a lot of items are not discounted. Could be worth checking if your employer participates in the Apple EEP (Employer Purchase Program) in which case a lot more of the office type items are discounted.

Probably the best way to buy any Apple, is to import it from the US, although tax is a risk.

just buy through apple he i received my 13'' mba yesterday quidco tracked as well £65 gift card £70 rebate on a printer 3 year warranty easy as
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Ritchie 2

You only have to pay VAT on goods you bring back into the country though, … You only have to pay VAT on goods you bring back into the country though, if you purchase the Macbook at Heathrow then you are not bringing a product back from Japan as you purchased it Duty Free in the UK.Apple Education store is worth a pop, although a lot of items are not discounted. Could be worth checking if your employer participates in the Apple EEP (Employer Purchase Program) in which case a lot more of the office type items are discounted.Probably the best way to buy any Apple, is to import it from the US, although tax is a risk.



Thanks for the info. To be honest, I'm leaning towards hunting out the best deal here at home and ordering, just for the ease factor! Sounds like the education store might be worth a pop though - it looks like I can save abotu £150 on a 15" MacBook Pro that way.
Use the education store. You will get 15% discount + £64 apple care for three years+ £65 voucher. So in total a very good discount. You can either buy it from online education store or phone them .
I think 15inch cost around 1320 and 13inch 850.
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