No tax on iMacs in Australia, same price as US models

Macworld Australia Staff
28 November, 2012
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Following the announcement from Apple today that its new model iMacs will go on sale Friday, November 30, it seems the company has not added an a tax penalty to the Australian retail price of the desktops this time around.

Starting at $1429 for the entry-level 21.5in 2.7GHz iMac model, Apple has included GST in all its official pricing for the computers, which compared to US figures, are almost the same in both regions.

Website Lifehacker posted a comparison table that shows confirmed pricing (including GST) in Australia for the iMac line-up alongside US figures. Note the US prices excludes tax penalties, which is 10 percent across the board. Once you add tax to the US price, the equivalent amounts are relatively equal. See below:

[Via Lifehacker]

The news comes as a welcome revelation for Australian buyers, who in the past, have purchased Apple products at a significantly higher retail price than consumers in the US.



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  1. AussieMacUser says:

    I find the premise of the article confusing. What exactly is meant by a “tax penalty”? The only real difference between markets is that in Australia, the tax is included in the price, while in the US, sales tax is added afterwards, and most states have their own levels of sales tax. In fact, the Australian pricing is more honest in that it is a “drive away” price – it’s what you will actually pay out of your wallet.

  2. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    The premise is that there is no added cost normally associated with GST on AU pricing for the iMacs. Historically AU pricing has been significantly higher than US pricing on Apple products, but now we’re seeing the gap close. Great news for local buyers! – Macworld Australia

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