Did you know that iPads cost much more in Europe than in the US?

Did you know that iPads cost much more in Europe than in the US?
When the very first iPad came out in 2010, it was priced at $499 for the base, 16GB model. An extra $100 got you to the next storage tier, and cellular data connectivity could be had for an additional $130. This pricing scheme has remained pretty much unchanged over the years – six iPad generations later, an iPad Air 2 starts at $499. Even when you add sales tax to the equation you end up with a figure below the $550 mark.

But did you know that iPad pricing varies from one country to another? Yup, and the difference is quite substantial in European markets. In Hungary, for example, a base iPad model costs the equivalent of $689, and in the UK, prices start at £399, which equals $642. Throughout the nordic countries, the equivalent cost of a 16GB, 9.7-inch iPad hovers around the $650 mark. In Frace or Italy, you'll end up spending $637 on a base iPad model, while its price in Germany and Spain is set at around $624.

What's the reason behind the higher prices? Well, there's a number of factors determining an iPad's retail cost. First of all, there's shipping involved. Import fees have to be paid to the respective countries as well. And then there are taxes. Buying an iPad in the US will add no more than 9.45% extra to your purchase. Some states charge no tax at all. In Europe, however, VAT could be as high as 25%.

So the next time you think to yourself that a $499 iPad is too expensive, remember that the US is where iPads cost the least. How much do iPads cost in your country? Let us know in the comments!

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1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

About 700 dollars for the base mode iPad Air and 500 or so for the Retina mini. We have a ridiculously high tax rate for electronics. The base model iPhone (still 5s) costs 1200 dollars.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

~$650 in Finland, base model. New phones like iP6 and Note 4 easily over $1000.

95. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That puts a whole new perspective on overpricedness...

2. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

People also make more money in Europe

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

You would think so.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nope. We have to pay much more taxes for everything.

15. cigzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

This is not true. For example my country: our min. salary is about $400 (1250PLN) while iPad Air 2 costs like ~$670 (2100PLN). Remember that you have to pay for the electricity, water, your flat and more.

47. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i will give you an example for Romania !!! Apple iPad Air, 16GB costs 2.299 ron thats mean 511 EUROS and the min salary is 200 EUROS ... so where is the deal ?

72. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I can confirm . Romania sucks !

22. cachan

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Your are wrong! minimal wage in US = $8 dollars per hr, is about $1400 a month. Some states minimal wage is $10 = $1800 a month, and average salary is $12xhr more than $2000 a month. IPad mini 3 = $399, and Ipad 2 AIR is $499 unlocked. The best part is not the lower price, most cellular companies in US give you any cell phone or table for around $20 a month for 2 year, you paid no interest in any device. That's why US has more Iphones and IPads that any other country.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1) Where the hell did you get the $1400 a month figure from? To make $1400 a month on a $8 pay rate, you'd need to work 175 hours a week, which is impossible. 2) You bring more incorrect statistics out of nowhere 3) That's not the reason why just so you know. There's more iPads and iPhones in the US solely based on the fact Apple has a reputation with their products. As an iPhone user myself, I can surely assure you more than 75% of the iPhone users don't even know why they got an iPhone.

51. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

8 (USD) X 45 (hours) X 4 (weeks) = $1440. That's about right.

102. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Brainfart. Long weekend lol whoops.

55. cachan

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

papasmurf go back to the school. $8 X 8 hrs a day = $64 a day X 23 working days a month is $1472. Now more easy for you level $8 x 8 hours a day= $64 X 5 days a week is $320 X 4.4 weeks a month is $1408. Where did you get 175 hours a week? LOL

25. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

No they don't! I lived in Germany for 30 years. Americans only think Europeans make more money, because they save money better. And have more time off from work, than here in the USA. Taxes are HIGH in Europe, wages are the same. As a trucker I made 14.20euro in the USA I make $20,00 a hour. Both jobs home every night.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends on job, while minimum wage is usually higher compared to the states. Since we really cannot go on just fed min wage. Most higher paid jobs are sometimes paid less. Example trucker, a instate trucker for the USPS here when they were hiring a few years back was $60,000 a year. But i have seen Europe be about 40,000 comparable. Point being, USA usually has higher wages, and not taxed like other countries. Resulting in more cash in pocket and to do what you want. But with that comes responibility...

28. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Hi come to Poland and say that again :) average people is getting around 600$ per month. So you can't even get one iPad :D

52. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

When people talk about Europe, they think of England,Germany, and France. But there are other European countries where people make far less money than people in those three countries.

67. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Romania: minimum wage: 250$ ,ipad mini 2 16gb wi-fi -575% iphone 6-1200$

92. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

No we don't.

97. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

people didn't get the joke

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Is the euro (spell check please) valued higher than the dollar?

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yes. 1 euro is 1,27586 USD. At least it was when I posted this comment.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It went down a bit, because of the weaker economic state Europe is currently in. But yes it's valued higher. Can you imagine in my country a gallon of gas is around $8? Also we pay road taxes and higher added tax to cars. It's nice to drive a car that can only drive 1 km every 2 gallons ;)

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I got that wrong lol, could't edit it anymore. But 1 gallon takes me 18.5 miles

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1gal gets me 16mpg, good ole '02 M3

71. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I thought my WRX was bad. My wife has a Prius, so technically, mine is bad at around 19 mpg.

119. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Must say most of my mileage is in the city, but she is a thirsty lady.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx fellas +1, I drive a RT Hemi v8 charger, it drinks gas like Pepsi. Flow master exhaust from front to back makes it worth it though. Hit the gas and it sounds like Godzilla. 92 octane in Vegas, is currently $3.70ish

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As of writing this comment, gas is actually cheaper in Chicago. For the first time in years, regular gas is $3.39 with 92 being $3.79.

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