Where is the Cheapest Country to Buy a Laptop?

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As worldwide currency rates fluctuate and the U.S. dollar tanks we’re seeing lots of tourists flock into the country and leave with hordes of electronic goods. Is the U.S. really that much cheaper than the rest of the world for buying?

In order to get an idea of how much laptop prices vary around the world we used the various Dell sites in each country to configure the price for an Inspiron 1520 with the following configuration:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7150
  • Windows Vista Premium
  • 15.4" WXGA Screen
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 160GB HD
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
  • 6-cell battery
  • Dell 1390 Wireless card

  USA UK Germany Japan Canada Australia China
Dell Inspiron 1520 $1,074 £579.01 879.01 140,830 Yen $919 CAD $1,657 AUD 7998.12 Yuan
Converted to US Dollars $1,074 $1,176 $1,279 $1,249 $901.95 $1,445 $1,085

Based on this we should all be rushing to Canada to buy our laptops, or at least a Dell Inspiron 1520. But a look at the basic Apple MacBook offering with the following specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • Combo drive
  • 1GB RAM

And a look at pricing around the world reveals that the U.S. is much cheaper than anywhere else for this Apple notebook.

  USA UK Germany Japan Canada Australia China
Apple MacBook $1,099 £699 €1,049 139,800 Yen $1,249 CAD $1,599 10,498 Yuan
Converted to US Dollars $1,099 $1,421 $1,527 $1,240 $1,225.83 $1,394.25 $1,424

Some of the worst laptop prices in the world belong to Australia, ironic since that country is closer than the U.S. to where notebooks are mostly designed and produced in Taiwan. So long as the U.S. dollar remains weak, it’s a pretty sure bet consumer electronics in that country will remain cheaper than elsewhere. Which would explain all those European tourists stocking up on electronics goods to take back home. Just be careful about customs and tax declarations on the way back home!

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