Is it cheaper to buy an iPhone in America than in Britain?
matt101101 / MOD
Jun. 27, 2014 at 21:58
Yes, from Apple a 16GB iPhone 5S costs about £380 (that becomes about £455 when you add on 20% to take into account UK VAT) in the US, whereas the same iPhone over here costs £550 from Apple (including VAT). If you take into account the fact that US sales tax (their equivalent of VAT), even at its highest rate, isn't 20%, that makes them seem even cheaper again.
Long story short; yes, they're quite a lot cheaper over there. If you buy one over there, remember that Apple's warranty for US devices isn't valid in Europe, you'd have to send it to the US to be repaired. Also, you should declare such an expensive purchase to customs (so you can be charged VAT) upon your return to the UK. However, no one really bothers and as long as you throw the box away and don't stuff it in your suitcase, they almost certainly wouldn't notice.
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