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Most expensive iPhones and iPads are sold in Brazil

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Most expensive iPhones and iPads are sold in Brazil
If you think that a brand new iPhone or iPad is a pricey investment, think again. For when you compare how much Apple products cost in some other countries, iPhones and iPads as priced in the U.S. seem relatively affordable.

Brazil currently holds the top spot with the average price of an Apple product standing at about $1,348. That is roughly 28% more than the average price for Apple products sold at an Apple Store. Next comes Czech Republic where consumers have to pay $1,246 on average for an Apple gadget, and Thailand where the average price hovers at rougly $1,138. In comparison, Apple products are cheapest in Hong Kong where their average price stands at $785.

The reasons for Brazil leading the chart are taxation and import fees. First, there is this transaction tax called ICMS, which every importer needs to pay, after which comes a 9% social security tax, followed by industrial production taxes. Of course, import duties are imposed as well. And after all that trouble comes the problem with shipping these Apple products to the major cities, which takes at least a few hours by truck.

Yet there is hope that one day Brazilians will not have to pay an arm and a leg for an iPhone or an iPad. Reportedly, Foxconn is about to build as much as 5 factories in Brazil, which among other electronics, will assemble Apple products as well. The Brazilian government is eager to finalize the deal as each of the new factories will employ about 1,000 workers. Chances are that not having to import Apple products from abroad will bring their retail price down.

source: Forbes

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posted on 20 Feb 2012, 05:34 2

1. tigermcm (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


why would anyone pay a mortgage payment for a phone???

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 05:35 1

2. Exile_One (Posts: 24; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


The world may never know...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 06:07

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I'm sure they figured out Big Brother will spit out more and more stimulus packages to save their house in the end.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 06:14

4. FilipeRokr (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


hi i'm from brazil and this its really true, bad country!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:26 1

19. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Thats so untrue. btw, Im not Brazilian.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:06

23. FilipeRokr (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Girls, soccer anda rio de janeiro are the best, but, products is expensive, bad, and others

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 07:04 3

5. kazunorikobo (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


I'm from Brazil too and here are some other numbers (U$):
RAZR(Not MAXX 'cos it wont get here):$1169
Galaxy SII International:$1023
Galaxy Nexus(In Brazil called "Galaxy X",not Nexus,"X"):$1110
Pentium Dual-Core+1Gb RAM+320Gb Samsung:$702

Brazil's govenment has dived in corruption and I don't think they have time to worry about stuff like this.The truth is that they work for themselves, not for us.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:41 1

12. tigermcm (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


WTF who pays for cellphones with prices like that in your country!!?? I feel disrespected and I'm in the US

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 18:29

21. ltavaress (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


EVERYBODY!!!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:03

24. kazunorikobo (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Anyone who wants a phone.
=D

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 14:31

29. Pauloricardo123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


most people here in Brazil only buy the iphone because is expensive

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:03

17. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Yup in Brazil Electronics are insanely overpriced. Thats why when ever I go back down there the family always has me bring a couple grand worth of electrionics

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 07:34 2

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


here in India iphone4s costs arround $1150. i dont think its because of taxes or any import duties as SGS II and moto Razr both are priced approx. $610 unlocked. the main reason could be apple`s profit policy. no wonder people dint give a positive response to ip4s while SGS II is still selling like hotcakes.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 07:41 1

7. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Its' not about apple's profit policy because of inproper distribution (to get things here)which led to ip4s 64GB costing as much as $1150,besides there's no official proper store only authorised resellers are in the country.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 07:48

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i agree to it but still it says apple authorised reseller.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:00

9. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


which mean those resellers are independants and wants good profit out of brand such as apple which is considered 'LUXURY' or 'use it for status' in india.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:24

18. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I got my GS2 from India, unlocked at $600 when it was $850-900 elsewhere. Electronics, except apple products are much cheaper in India.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:09 1

10. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


and second place for where an iphone 4s is most expencive goes to: Bulgaria for 1 iphone 4s it costs $1000

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:25 1

11. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


And I thought inflation here in the US was bad! I'm not complaining about prices again.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:51 2

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


lmao..

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 09:41 2

14. felipebr (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


I'm from Brazil too, and here in Brazil we pay dearly for any electronic product, and smartphones are one of them, a GSII costs on an official store $ 1,038.00, and others as the official sony PS3 Brazil costs $ 800, and many Brazilians pay that and but for other products, a honda civic here in Brazil costs $ 40.000, a chev camaro cost $ 114,000, the world does not know, but we f**ked in the good things to buy here in Barsil

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 20:59

22. Goldeneye (Posts: 352; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


$114000 for a Chevy?!?!? That's just insane, even if I could afford a brand new sports car, I wouldn't pay a third of that amount for any American junk, sorry I'd rather spend that money on a Civic SI

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 10:46

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6264; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's a freaking ridiculus price!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:26

16. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


My dad bought an iPhone 4s for 2599 BRL or 1500 USD the prices in Brazil are crazy, so I always travel to U.S to buy things, and the prices in US are affordable to me, is cheap, I bought 2 iPhones 64gb unlocked for the price of one in my country, 1 iPad and 1MacBook air

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:36 1

20. leftheodo (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Here in Greece ( i guess you all know the situation here ) the iphone 4s 64 gb costs $1,190 (899 euros) ! The GS2 and HTC Sensation XE cost $850 and GNex $900. And yet some people ( that usually have no idea about technology ) choose to buy the iphone!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 12:07

27. DiskaD (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I am from Greece, and I bought a brand new Gnex off contract just 300euro from the internet. We can buy from ebay(UK) and skroutz, so its not that bad.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:45

25. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


In Venezuela, an unlocked 64GB iPhone 5 would cost around 20000 BsF... which according to the "official" trade it amounts to US $ 4651.

SO... lets talk again about expensive...

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 11:05

26. gazmatic (Posts: 572; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


people need to understand that outside of america and the play store there are no subsidies...

we get the products at full price...plus tax... plus VAT...plus customs

one can pay well over $1000 for a $600 product

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 12:34

28. Pauloricardo123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


A locked iphone 5 64gb in brazil costs $1474.84 and a Macbook pro with the more advanced specs costs more than $4917

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