Most expensive iPhones and iPads are sold in Brazil

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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30 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

2. Exile_One

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The world may never know...

3. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

4. FilipeRokr

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

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

19. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Thats so untrue. btw, Im not Brazilian.

23. FilipeRokr

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

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

5. kazunorikobo

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

21. ltavaress

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

EVERYBODY!!!

24. kazunorikobo

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Anyone who wants a phone. =D

29. Pauloricardo123

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

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

17. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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

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.

7. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

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

9. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

18. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

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

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

lmao..

14. felipebr

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 20, 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

22. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 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

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's a freaking ridiculus price!

16. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 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

20. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 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!

27. DiskaD

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

25. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

26. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 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

28. Pauloricardo123

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 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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Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2014

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