iPad Mini prices: SA vs the world

Compared to prices in European countries such as the UK, Netherlands, and Germany, the cost of the iPad Mini is competitive in South Africa.

Advertised prices in the US are lower, but it’s worth keeping in mind that they exclude any form of sales tax which can vary from 0% to over 11% depending on the state and county you’re in. VAT in South Africa is 14%.

The official distributor of Apple products in South Africa, Core Group, announced on Friday (7 December 2012) that the iPad Mini would be available in South Africa “soon”.

It’s part of a slew of local Apple releases including the fourth generation iPad on the weekend of 8–9 December 2012 and the iPhone 5 on Friday, 14 December 2012.

The table below compares the recommended retail pricing of the iPad Mini in South Africa to what Apple asks for the tablet PC in the US, UK, and European countries such as the Netherlands and Germany:

iPad Mini model Core RPP Apple US price Apple UK price Apple DE/NL price
16GB Wi-Fi R3,399 R2,866 ($329) R3,758 (£269) R3,705 (€329)
32GB Wi-Fi R4,499 R3,737 ($429) R4,876 (£349) R4,831 (€429)
64GB Wi-Fi R5,499 R4,608 ($529) R5,993 (£429) R5,956 (€529)
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular R4,799 R3,998 ($459) R5,155 (£369) R5,168 (€459)
32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular R5,899 R4,869 ($559) R6,273 (£449) R6,294 (€559)
64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular R6,999 R5,740 ($659) R7,390 (£529) R7,420 (€659)
Exchange rate N/A R8.71/$ R13.97/£ R11.26/€
US prices are quoted excluding sales tax while the prices from the UK and EU prices already include VAT.

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