Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 15th Jun 2010 10:03 UTC
Apple Apple have updated the Mac Mini. It now sports an aluminium (no, I am not going to spell it "aluminum") enclosure, an HDMI port, an internal PSU (no power-brick!) and oddly, an SD card slot in the back. There's also an access hole on the bottom to change the RAM easily.
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UK Price
by Cymro on Tue 15th Jun 2010 11:10 UTC
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2005-07-07

$699 / £649 (!)

Yes, that price completely sucks. $699 in pounds with 17.% VAT is about £555. But Jobs previously said we should blame our government for this, and lobby them instead.

Sorry, Steve, who precisely do I call to complain that poor Apple are being forced to make even more outrageous margins than usual on the back of its UK customers?

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RE: UK Price
by blank7fan on Tue 15th Jun 2010 11:28 in reply to "UK Price"
blank7fan Member since:
2010-06-15

You complain by not buying. It's that simple.

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RE[2]: UK Price
by spiderman on Tue 15th Jun 2010 12:31 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

I can choose not to buy AND complain it is too expensive.
If the product suck or is too expensive, I don't buy it AND I open my mouth to let other people know it sucks or is overly expensive and that I don't buy it. I complain loudly so that everybody can hear, both the seller and the potential customers. The only way to stop me is either to lower the price, make product that don't suck or just hire me in the PR department and pay me good money to shut up.
€799 is outrageously expensive. It's well over twice the price I expect to pay for a mini computer without a screen.

Edit: I did a (very) quick google check. In 10 seconds, I found the "ACER Aspire Revo R3610-VFYZ Seven Home Premium" for €315.11 with 4GB of RAM, 500GB hardrive, HDMI, SD card reader, 6xUSB, etc.

Edited 2010-06-15 12:49 UTC

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RE: UK Price
by Paradroid on Tue 15th Jun 2010 11:52 in reply to "UK Price"
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2010-01-05

$699 / £649 (!)

Yes, that price completely sucks. $699 in pounds with 17.% VAT is about £555. But Jobs previously said we should blame our government for this, and lobby them instead.


It's even worse than that - it's £649 inc VAT on the Apple UK store. For a Mac Mini. Are they insane??

I had one of the older Mac Minis for a year before I got my Imac. I paid £399 for it and I thought it was a spectacular machine. Since then there's been two price increases and now it's £649 for a fairly basic computer without a monitor.

The form factor, quietness and HDMI socket are very nice for home cinema but at that price they can forget it. Lunatics.

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RE[2]: UK Price
by bnolsen on Tue 15th Jun 2010 12:49 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

You're not the target customer. Sadly they'll probably sell a ton of these.

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v RE: UK Price
by techweenie1 on Tue 15th Jun 2010 11:56 in reply to "UK Price"
RE[2]: UK Price
by chekr on Tue 15th Jun 2010 12:45 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

Don't worry, when ObaMAO rolls out the VAT here we'll probably be paying more than you guys.


the Yoo Ess Aye has had a sales tax (VAT is a variant of sales tax) across a majority of it's states for time immemorial. You are either remarkably ignorant or trolling.

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RE: UK Price
by Kroc on Tue 15th Jun 2010 12:59 in reply to "UK Price"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Your avatar kind of fits the first line of your post

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RE: UK Price
by kaiwai on Tue 15th Jun 2010 13:54 in reply to "UK Price"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

$699 / £649 (!)

Yes, that price completely sucks. $699 in pounds with 17.% VAT is about £555. But Jobs previously said we should blame our government for this, and lobby them instead.

Sorry, Steve, who precisely do I call to complain that poor Apple are being forced to make even more outrageous margins than usual on the back of its UK customers?


How is it Apple's fault that the United Kingdom is one of the most expensive countries in the world to do business in? Maybe you Brits should do something about the obscene cost of doing business in the United Kingdom then there wouldn't be the massive disparity in prices. Apple aren't going go absorb the higher cost of doing business in the UK hence it is passed onto you the consumer.

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RE[2]: UK Price
by spiderman on Tue 15th Jun 2010 13:59 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


How is it Apple's fault that the United Kingdom is one of the most expensive countries in the world to do business in? Maybe you Brits should do something about the obscene cost of doing business in the United Kingdom then there wouldn't be the massive disparity in prices. Apple aren't going go absorb the higher cost of doing business in the UK hence it is passed onto you the consumer.

How do the other computer vendors manage to have similar prices in the US and in Europe and not Apple then? Can you explain that?

Edited 2010-06-15 14:00 UTC

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RE[2]: UK Price
by alban on Tue 15th Jun 2010 15:43 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
alban Member since:
2005-11-15

So exactly how much more expensive is it to take an order on your web site from a UK customer; charge them in pounds and then have the item shipped over from somewhere in China. I thought a lot of Apples cost justification was the clever design work and R&D.

For anyone in the UK seriously thinking of buying a new Mac Mini I suggest it would be quicker and cheaper to just write "sucker" on your own forehead with a magic marker.

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RE: UK Price
by Morgan on Sat 19th Jun 2010 14:40 in reply to "UK Price"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

So have a friend in the US buy it from an Apple store and ship it to you, and you pay him the USD cost plus shipping via PayPal. It's bound to be much less than what Apple asks for in your currency.

It sucks to have to do that of course, and it's a dick move by Apple to charge so much overseas. But, that's the way the corporate world turns.

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RE[2]: UK Price
by spiderman on Sat 19th Jun 2010 18:23 in reply to "RE: UK Price"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Probably would work for the UK. Unfortunately that does not work for continental Europe. People don't want the English version of the Mac.

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