Originally Posted by GreenFrog
What if you are bringing just one back, new in box? Do you pay taxes?
I think if you just have one
you'll be OK, for personal use. If you're found with a suitcase full of new boxed Macbooks or iPads, you might have some explaining to do and probably be breaking rocks for the next 30 years.
Last year I flew from HK to Beijing, the week after the iPad 2 was released in HK (not Mainland). Customs where checking everyone's bags and cases at the airport, presumable looking for smuggled iPads and other contraband.
Funnily enough it's the other way round with cigarettes and liquor, those are very cheap in the Mainland and heavily taxed in HK and Macao.
If I really wanted a new Retina screen Macbook Pro, I could probably get one in Hong Kong for a reasonable price, next time I'm there. But I would probably have to go back to Hong Kong if I had any problems, the Genius
' at the Apple Store in Beijing might just tell me to piss off. Most mainlanders can't go to Hong Kong or Macao SARs, or it's not very easy for them.
I'm quite sure Apple in Mainland China are sold as exclusive desirable luxury products, in the same way that LVMH and PPR do, so they inflate the prices accordingly There's only four real Apple Stores and very few Authorized Resellers here. Outside of the Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai, there's always dozens of scalpers peddling grey market or smuggled iPhones. Because AFAIK it's the only way to get one without having to commit to an expensive mandatory two year contract.
See my Tumblr about fake Apple Stores here in Xilinhot:
AFAICT they're selling grey market or smuggled Apple products, at prices over and above what Apple charges in China.
The thing is other foreign brands of computers and tech products, like Samsung, Sony, Asus, HP or Dell, they're not really any more expensive here than in the EU or USA, unlike Apple. So I don't think it's import tariffs or duties making them so expensive here.
Some clowns even put Apple stickers on the back of their Lenovo laptops, pretending they're Macbooks.
BTW if one mentions certain luxury brands over in MC, the haters really come out.
A friend of mine thought her iPhone was made in the USA. There's probably quite a few people here under the illusion that their Apple products are made in the USA, and NOT China. Like they think their Gucci handbags are made in Italy.
On CDMA iPhones from China Telecom, they just have "Designed by Apple in California." and nothing about being "Assembled in China."Edited by MikeDT - 6/29/12 at 4:22am