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Can I use a US spec iMac in the UK?

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May 16, 2012 7:08 AM

Hi everyone, this is my first post here so please forgive me if I sound ignorant. I will be vacationing in the US during the summer and am tempted to purchase an iMac while I am there. The reason is quite simple, price. In the US a basic iMac would cost me $1199.00 USD which is approx £750GBP at todays exchange rate and approx £40GBP in excess baggage fees on the flight back home. The cost of the same spec UK model is £999.00 GBP so therefore I am saving £200 GBP (approx $320USD). Now this might not sound a lot but £100 is £100 and it's better off in my pocket!! As far as I can ascertain, there should not be a problem with the voltage as it states on Apples' website, that the operating voltage is between 100vac and 240vac but what I would like to know is 1) Is it really worth the hassle of taking an expensive bulky computer onto a plane (hopefully not getting damaged by clumsy baggage handlers in the process) to save £200 and 2) Is the Apple warranty valid in the UK for a piece of kit that was purchased in the US? Any advice would be gratefully recieved,



  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,155 points)
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    May 16, 2012 7:14 AM (in response to Paddyslate)

    No problem with a US machine working in the UK, you'll either need a new lead or simply a US to UK plug adaptor.

    One thing to make sure of though, if you are comparing prices as advertised on the Apple store, I believe the prices on the US store are shown net of tax, whereas they include tax on the UK store. Perhaps someone else on here will confirm this.

    Apple's warranty is worldwide.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    May 16, 2012 8:16 AM (in response to Paul_31)

    That is correct.

  • Chamar Level 4 Level 4 (2,035 points)
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    May 16, 2012 8:32 AM (in response to Paddyslate)

    The iMac will work fine in the UK.  All you need is a UK/US plug adaptor. 


    You will likely need to pay tax on top of the US quoted price as it is normally quoted without tax..  In the UK you will also have to pay import duty + VAT as you will be well in excess of the duty free allowance.  See the HMRC guidelines.


    When you consider these fees plus the excess baggage charge it may not end up saving you all that much, and, as you say there is the risk of damage during baggage handling.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,445 points)
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    May 16, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to Paddyslate)

    The iMac is an excellent machine.   Buy it.


    But Chamar's point about VAT is very important.   It will add £150 and along with the other charges it is clearly best to buy here.   But buy it; you'll love it!

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    May 16, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to Paddyslate)

    Do not overlook the fact that you will have to pay UK import duties and VAT on your iMac, you will be very lucky to save any money at all.


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