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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RE: Currency issue
by pgeorgi on Tue 15th Jun 2010 12:56 UTC in reply to "Currency issue"
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"$999 / £929 / €1'149

Weren't euros supposed to cost much more than dollars ? ^^'
Without VAT, that one costs 965€ in germany (19% VAT), with claiming that $999 equals 814€ currently.

So it's partly that EUR prices usually contain VAT, while USD prices don't due to interstate trade rules, if I understand matters correctly.

Apple still increase their margin by about 19%.

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RE[2]: Currency issue
by spiderman on Tue 15th Jun 2010 13:10 in reply to "RE: Currency issue"
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Apple still increase their margin by about 19%.

No, they increase the PRICE by 19%. Their margin increase would be something like 100% it would seem.

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RE[2]: Currency issue
by werpu on Thu 17th Jun 2010 06:59 in reply to "RE: Currency issue"
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Yes correct, if you count the monetary fluctuations in and the average VAT in the EU for the first time in years a 1:1 price comparison would be close to correct which means 699$ in the US without VAT would compare to 699€ including the average VAT, the rest is just Apple Tax the import taxes are mostly the same for the US and EU versions. (companies mostly have found ways to bypass them over here in Euro country)

So this means by counting out everything Apple charges us 100€ more on the average here in europe than it does in the good old US, add to that the general price hike and lesser specs to the old model and you can see you have to pay significantly more for less.

What Apple mostly did is to overcharge the same or even a bigger sum they used to get by their 1:1 pricing scheme when the Euro was higher. But back then it did not hurt that much because the machine generally was cheaper and you got more for the same money.

Btw. just to give a short comparison 799€ comes close to 960$ at the current exchange rates so where does this fit into affordable anymore.
We are used to being charged more but for that hardware having to pay 960$ good luck Apple, all I can see is the prices for the last revision probably going up on E-Bay.

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