Apple officially gouging Canadians with iPad 2 pricing - ehMac.ca
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Advertise


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 06:48 PM   #1
Full Citizen
 
DrewNL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. John's, NL
Posts: 478
Send a message via AIM to DrewNL
Apple officially gouging Canadians with iPad 2 pricing

Apple's press release today announcing availability for an additional 25 countries on Friday has me scratching my head. The release states the following

"on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model."

Well guess what? It's nowhere near $499 US. They are charging Canadians a starting price of $529 US ($519 CAD per apple.ca). I called Apple and got an"It is what it is" response. They confirmed the $519 CAD price for the 16Gb wifi model. It should be somewhere around $488 CAD.

I've got emails out to his steveness as well as some Apple PR folks that were named at the end of the press release today. I invite you to join me in emailing and voicing the concerns of Canadians whose dollar has been above the value of the US dollar for an extended period of time, with no sign of it changing soon.

It looks like Apple product pricing is going to continue climbing for Canadians.
DrewNL is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 06:58 PM   #2
Full Citizen
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 559
Cost of doing business in Canada is more expensive than the US, hence the higher price. It is reduced significantly from the original iPad.
Liam@Large is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:01 PM   #3
Full Citizen
 
ericlewis91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 495
Im happy about $519, i was expecting $549... so thats a relief


Also Canada has a population of 33 million where states has 10x (330 million), the cost of marketing and selling iPads here costs more (aka business in general) hence the $20 increase

Everything from clothes to groceries to gas to cars is cheaper in the states.... get used to it!
ericlewis91 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:09 PM   #4
Full Citizen
 
DrewNL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. John's, NL
Posts: 478
Send a message via AIM to DrewNL
I know the reasons. I'm just annoyed that their US version of the press release flat out states that Canadians will pay $499 USD for the 16GB wi-fi. Then they go ahead and change it to $529 USD.

Cost of doing business doesn't really factor in to it when it ships from China directly to a user.

I am in Pennsylvania and already have mine. I'm just annoyed as a Canadian.
DrewNL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:13 PM   #5
Full Citizen
 
DrewNL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. John's, NL
Posts: 478
Send a message via AIM to DrewNL
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericlewis91 View Post
... hence the $20 increase

You mean $31 increase?
I get what you're saying about things "being cheaper in the US", and that made all the sense in the world when a US dollar was $1.30 Canadian. But now that a US dollar only gets me $0.98 in Canada, something's got to give.

If they were sticking by their word, Apple would be charging in the neighbourhood of $489 CAD for this product. I'll let them have an extra $10 to account for market fluctuation. I can't easily swallow an extra $31. Incidentally, the PlayBook 16GB wi-fi is retailing next month for $499 in both Canada and the US. Just saying...
DrewNL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:38 PM   #6
Full Citizen
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 559
A lot of your argument relies on the fact that the Canadian dollar is currently stronger than the US... And really, as a cross border company, you have to look at averaging what the exchange rate will be over a whole product life cycle, plus, what your cost of doing business in said country is. You think we have it bad, look at New Zealand for significantly higher technology costs!!
Liam@Large is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:48 PM   #7
Honourable Citizen
 
dona83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 6,500
Apple won't raise the cost of the iPad if the prices suddenly go up between now and next gen, so if the US dollar suddenly cost $1.20 CAD to buy, the iPad will be cheaper in Canada and Apple is going to eat the loss. I wouldn't fret because the iPad is about 6% more expensive than it should be at the moment.
__________________
2017 MacBook Air, 2009 iMac 21.5", iPhone XR 128GB Black, iPad Pro 10.5" 256GB Wifi+LTE
dona83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 08:01 PM   #8
Assured Advertiser
Honourable Citizen
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Oakville
Posts: 2,227
The retail selling price for an item is NOT the price of the item in the US +/- the exchange rate. The retail selling price for an item is what it costs to market, distribute, sell and support the product in the country.

First thing that I can think of is that we have higher shipping costs here in Canada. You get free shipping if you buy an iPad don't you? That free shipping isn't coming out of Purolator or FedEx's pocket, Apple pays for that shipping and my guess is that the average shipping costs for Canadian sales is higher than it is for US sales.

Second thing is that the minimum wage here in Canada is higher than it is in the US.

If you want an equal playing field, find out what your job pays in the US, do the exchange and then let your employer pay you that. I don't think you'd be happy.
__________________
Steve Smith

Oakbridge Information Solutions
[email protected]
Master Daylite Partners
Certified Daylite Trainers
FileMaker Business Alliance
MoneyWorks Consultants
Oakbridge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 08:05 PM   #9
Honourable Citizen
 
maximusbibicus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,154
Send a message via AIM to maximusbibicus Send a message via MSN to maximusbibicus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oakbridge View Post
The retail selling price for an item is NOT the price of the item in the US +/- the exchange rate. The retail selling price for an item is what it costs to market, distribute, sell and support the product in the country.

First thing that I can think of is that we have higher shipping costs here in Canada. You get free shipping if you buy an iPad don't you? That free shipping isn't coming out of Purolator or FedEx's pocket, Apple pays for that shipping and my guess is that the average shipping costs for Canadian sales is higher than it is for US sales.

Second thing is that the minimum wage here in Canada is higher than it is in the US.

If you want an equal playing field, find out what your job pays in the US, do the exchange and then let your employer pay you that. I don't think you'd be happy.
I really couldn't have said better.
maximusbibicus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 08:08 PM   #10
Full Citizen
 
ericlewis91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 495
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrewNL View Post
You mean $31 increase?
I get what you're saying about things "being cheaper in the US", and that made all the sense in the world when a US dollar was $1.30 Canadian. But now that a US dollar only gets me $0.98 in Canada, something's got to give.

If they were sticking by their word, Apple would be charging in the neighbourhood of $489 CAD for this product. I'll let them have an extra $10 to account for market fluctuation. I can't easily swallow an extra $31. Incidentally, the PlayBook 16GB wi-fi is retailing next month for $499 in both Canada and the US. Just saying...
its $519.. where do you get 31 dollar increase...
ericlewis91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Shangri-la Clubhouse Everything Else, eh! 124199 Today 01:18 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:39 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012, ehMac.ca All rights reserved. ehMac is not affiliated with Apple Inc. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc. Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2

Tribe.ca: Urban living in Toronto!