Tech prices: South Africa vs UK vs Australia

Over the past two years the rand has weakened significantly against major world currencies – leading to South Africans paying more for imported goods.

One of the hardest-hit categories are technology products, with nearly all devices imported.

This raises the question: How much more are South Africans are paying for computing equipment when compared to international markets?

MyBroadband looked at some popular tech devices, and compared the local price with the pricing in Australia and the UK.

The results show that South African prices are usually in line with the UK and Australia, as detailed in the table below.

Technology Products
Product Currency South Africa Australia UK
Samsung 55-inch 3D Smart TV (UA55H6400) Local currency R14,500 A$2,199 £749
USD $1,144 $1,599 $1,171
iPad Air 2 16GB Wi-Fi Local currency R5,999 A$619 £399
USD $473 $451 $623
12-inch MacBook 1.1GHz 256GB (2015) Local currency R19,599 A$1,799 £1,049
USD $1,546 $1,311 $1,639
Canon EOS 7D Local currency R22,000 A$2,299 £1,429
USD $1,735 $1,675 $2,232
Sony PS4 500GB Local currency R6,300 A$549 £300
USD $497 $400 $469

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