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There may indeed be very legitimate reasons for the high comparative pricing, but why does Core not explain their situation? I tried on various occasions and various days to get feedback from the company without success. It leaves one with no choice but to ask the question in an article…It will be interesting for the writer of this article to also look at the prices in Europe. Compared to the UK and Netherlands prices, our prices are much closer. Also remember that the prices quoted in the United States exclude Sales Tax, that can amount to more than 20% depending on state. The lowest sales tax rate will be about 16%.
I recently decided not to buy accessories in the UK because it was cheaper in SA. The products in question was the new software Ilife 08 and Iworks 08.
In the rest of the world Apple distributes their own products bu in Africa they are doing it through a distributor, namely the Core group. If you check the Apple websites e-business sites like Itunes, you will find that as South African we cannot purchase from that sites.
Your sales tax figures are way out - the state with the highest rate is Tennessee (at 9.35%) and many states have no sales tax at all.Also remember that the prices quoted in the United States exclude Sales Tax, that can amount to more than 20% depending on state. The lowest sales tax rate will be about 16%.
I make it a point to buy as many of my apple products as possible from overseas.Im going to send both Core and Apple emails about this. Im definitely gonna be in the market for a new iPod Touch near the holiday season and theres no way Im letting Core get away with robbery like this. I suggest the forumites that have bought Apple products before do the same. We cant just sit back and accept these prices.
Indeed it is - much like the insidious relationship between Telkom and Telkom Internet/Do Broadband.As far as I understand zastore is run and operated by Core group.
I seem to recall that there was stink from Apple resellers when zastore went live and undercut the resellers because zastore was simply a webfront end to Core Group distribution system. (Happy to be corrected as always but I think I'm right about this.)
But I still think that The Core Group are capatilist pigs who want to milk the SA consumer for all they got with the Apple products. I think this is PATHETIC! But then, that is what a typical SA company is like right? Telkom, Multichoice, the cell networks, etc, etc, etc. I don't have a problem with making a profit, but damn, just don't exstort people.