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New Apple Products + NZ Exchange Rate = 15-40% Lower Prices

, posted: 21-Oct-2009 13:26

Just a quick tip - When Apple launch new products it works the new RRP based on current exchange rate of when the product is released. Sometimes this means price increases but sometimes, like now and with the NZ$ being retardedly good - a solid price drop. And the good news - no matter where the currency goes from now the prices will stay low.

Case in point - the newly refreshed Mac Mini was previously $1398 but is now $1049 (or even cheaper if you click on the educational discount link - $950). Thats a brand new Mac with half decent specs for sub $1k. The Plastic lowend Macbook was $RRP1999 - now is only $NZ1699.

But for those of us thinking now is the time to be running out and buying that 8 core MacPro at a new lower price - these lower prices are only worked out on new products - not old ones. But what this should mean that that these prices stick around until the next product refresh - no matter where the NZ$ goes.

Of course the downside of this is if you're a NZ retailer with old stock - which you brought at the previous higher price. For the rest of us enjoy probably the most reasonably priced Macs we've ever had.

UPDATE - As wellygary says - the new top end 27" iMac is even better value - 40% cheaper than the previous 24" high end model.

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Comment by wellygary, on 21-Oct-2009 16:32

The biggest thump was a former top end iMac,(3ghz,24inch 4GB rAM GT130) went from $4799 to $2899 (3Ghz 27 inch 4GB RAM ATI 4670) a drop of $1900, or40%

Comment by alasta, on 21-Oct-2009 20:02

It's not only new products. When I looked this morning the price of the Macbook Pros had dropped substantially.

Comment by ds r4, on 23-Oct-2009 19:01

That is very fine news...i am looking for new notebook, And it will help me to low save some money.

Comment by BigBadaboom, on 25-Oct-2009 16:17

There's still the inexplicable Apple tax to contend with.

For example the 15in 2.53GHz Mac Pro is US$1700, which at the current exchange rate is NZ$2250. Up to a few days Apple NZ were charging around $3300, now it's $2900.

So the Apple penalty fee for living in NZ has dropped from $1000+ to $650. Feel free to "rejoice" at the new lower prices, but IMO you are still being shafted.

Comment by Foo, on 26-Oct-2009 23:36

It's not just Apple/New Zealand that has this tax. I'm currently living in the UK and if you compare the costs to buy an iPhone over here to the US (buying it outright rather than a monthly plan), or buying a copy of Windows 7, you will pay more in the UK (than the US).

It seems that a number of American technology firms set different prices for different markets.

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