Why are electronic items so much more affordable in the US?

Two research stage to a huge discrepancy in charges, with Americans having to pay £402 significantly less for a Samsung Tv

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Travellers are snapping up bargains across the pond, with the dollar at a five-year reduced towards the pound.

This implies that for every £1 invested, holidaymakers will get $ one.71.

According to buyer group Which?, electronic and digital items are especially great worth for consumers in the United States, with huge variations in cost for identical products sold right here and across the pond.

Which? compared the rates, excluding revenue tax, of 13 identical items ranging from televisions and gaming consoles to desktop applications and protection computer software. The value difference of some things, calculated on June 18, ran to hundreds of lbs.

A Samsung Tv was £402 a lot more high-priced in the United kingdom, whilst an Apple Macbook Professional 13-inch laptop price £194 more in the United kingdom than in the US.

Which? explained that the disparities in charges had been down to manufacturers’ pricing, rather than the foreign exchange price.

Digital goods had been also located to be more affordable in the US, with a twelve month subscription to the imaging application Adobe Creative cloud costing £114 less than in the Uk.

Microsoft Workplace Skilled digital software program value £236 in the US in contrast to £325 in the Uk, a cost difference of £89.

“UK shoppers are acquiring a raw deal by paying up to hundreds of pounds much more for the identical tech goods on sale in the US,” stated Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?

“Companies need to perform fair and describe why customers are paying much more for purchasing in the United kingdom.”

Which? is campaigning for the Government to increase the current threshold for import duty on items bought on the web to the exact same threshold as that placed on products brought back from abroad, so shoppers can take benefit of more affordable products on sale in the US.

The present threshold for import duty for items bought on the web is at the moment £135, although shoppers getting in the US can devote up to £390 just before facing import tax.

United kingdom vs US

Supply: Which? Rates rounded to nearest £ or $ . Based on exchange rate on June 18 (£1 = $ 1.694). US goods topic to California state and nearby sales tax of 8.41pc no sales tax on digital goods in California

Separate analysis carried out final week by the Post Workplace found comparable discrepancies among products purchased in the US and the United kingdom, due to the robust pound against the dollar.

A Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet 8GB, for instance, price £77.89 in the US and £119.99 in the Uk.

“Sterling’s surge in worth against the US dollar to its highest rate in more than 5 many years signifies there are excellent bargains to be struck in New York retailers,” mentioned Andrew Brown of Submit Workplace Travel Cash.

Electronic bargains in the US

New York

Kindle Fire HD seven” tablet 8GB




Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi eReader




Beats by Dr Dre Studio two. Headphones




Apple iPod Air Smart Cover




Apple iPod touch 16GB




Apple iPod nano 16GB




Beats by Dr Dre Solo 2 Headphones (black)




Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB




Apple iPod shuffle 2GB




Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB




Supply: Post Office. Costs proper 14/07/2014

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