Are there any retailers out there offering US prices now that US and Canadian dollars are practically the same? I noticed a few storesin Alberta that dont even offer exhcange rates and treat them on par.
You have to remember that this is a bonus for those retailers. Typically unless it is a promotional activity, exchange rates are not as favourable at a retailer. Those stores in Alberta are actually making money (small amounts) from their customers.Are there any retailers out there offering US prices now that US and Canadian dollars are practically the same? I noticed a few storesin Alberta that dont even offer exhcange rates and treat them on par.
I used to do global pricing at the manufacturer level.It is a source of some consternation, though... those prices. However, we Canadians are so adamant that we are not like Americans, maybe we just can't have our cake and eat it too. What I really mean is...
For those of you who haven't looked:
Canadian MacBook = $1,249.00
The American MacBook = 1,147.79 Canadian
The Japanese MacBook = $1,197.50 Canadian
UK MacBook = 1,498.76
Irish MacBook = 1,512.54
Norway = 1,693.44
Luxembourg = 1,437.51
Etc... So my point is that prices are simply different in different countries. Even those that share a currency (Euro). Go figure.
That's great news! I was thinking about heading Stateside to pick up a Mac, but would much prefer to buy it locally. When I ran the numbers, the US MacBook was about $300 cheaper than buying it here (including all applicable taxes and such).Price Adjustments do usually (historically) happen during porduct refreshes. The MacBook probably won't be refreshed until sometime around Leopard though -- which is October.
If the dollar stays high (which I think most are expecting it to) then there could be a price adjustment.
I don't see any savings at all buying from the US.How does this apply to the online Apple store since they ship from California / China or a warehouse in Canada?
I'm holding off a Mac Pro purchase because the difference in Cdn/US pricing has been going on for several months with little change. It's a win for Apple (and they know it) unless of course they come across shoppers like me who can wait it out for something more reasonable.
I shop at BHphotovideo.com in NY and it's just one price. You just have it converted in US dollars and they ship to Canada. The US Apple Store doesn't ship to Canadian addresses, unfortunately (probably has to do with agreements with Apple resellers).