Sunday 2 July 2017

Forget buying Apple's iPhone from Dubai or Bangkok, it is now cheaper in India thanks to GST

GST Makes Apple's iPhone Cheaper in India Than Bangkok or Dubai.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) roll-out from 1 July still has a number of people confused as to its impact.  The prices of gadgets are uncertain, though mobile phone makers have said that they will absorb any additional cost. It seems the GST roll-out has a positive effect on the prices of Apple devices, as far as consumers are concerned anyway.
GST Makes Apple's iPhone Cheaper in India Than Bangkok or Dubai.


The iPhone sees price cuts across the board. These cuts range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 6,600. But as you can see, depending on the model you’re looking for, you can get a better deal on Amazon and Flip-kart.

iPhone model Pre-GST MRP Post-GST MRP Amazon MRP    Flipkart MRP
SE 32 GB      27,200                 26,000                    NA          22,799
SE 128 GB      37,200                 35,500                    NA             NA
6S 32 GB      50,000                 46,900                 40,490          37,299
6S 128 GB      60,000                 55,900                 48,499          55,999
6S Plus 32 GB 60,000                 56,100                 49,990             NA
6S Plus 128 GB 70,000                 65,000                    NA             NA
7 32 GB                 60,000                     56,100                     43,824              47,699
7 128 GB      70,000                 65,200                 57,990          68,000
7 256 GB      80,000                 74,400                 64,990          66,999
7 Plus 32 GB      72,000                 67,300                 56,999          61,199
7 Plus 128 GB      82,000                 76,200                 65,200          68,000
7 Plus 256 GB      92,000                 85,400                 84,900          95,000


The iPad sees price cuts of around Rs 3,000, which isn’t much, but it’s still a discount. In this case, however, many of the models don’t seem to be available on e-commerce portals like Flipkart and Amazon.



The pattern repeats itself across the board. The Macbooks, for example, see discounts of Rs 11,800, which is seen on the most expensive MacBook Pro, the 15-inch model with a 512 GB SSD. The MacBook Air sees no price cut on Apple’s site, but you can shave quite a large chunk off its MRP if you visit Flipkart or Amazon.

The Mac Mini, for whatever reason, sees its price go up by up to Rs 2,110. This doesn’t make sense because the mini is already running 3-year old hardware. The Mac Pro sees a discount of around Rs 11,000, which is nice, but this is again a device running ancient hardware.The iMacs see a smaller discount of around Rs 1,000.

Apple Watch discounts are also small, around Rs 1,000, but the Apple Watch Edition does see a discount of Rs 5,200. Then again, that watch was priced at Rs 1,10,900 to begin with, so if you can afford it, you probably don’t care about the discount.

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