Americans Getting Cheaper Macs?

When I went to deposit a cheque in US currency on Friday, I was in for a shocker. I was excepting the $48 cheque to be $74 Canadian. Well I was wrong by a long shot. I only got $70 from it. When I got home later, I got to thinking about how the rapidly rising Canadian Dollar is affecting Mac prices in Canada. What I found out was, based on a generous 1.5% exchange rate (1.46% on March 14 and 1.485 on March 17) that Canadians are paying way too much for their Macs.

How much is Apple over-charging Canadians? If you take the entry level 1GHZ PowerMac as an example, $2,399 Canadian works out to $1,599 US. If Apple adjust the price of the entry level PowerMac to 1.5% exchange, that $2,399 PowerMac would be $2,249.

Another example the Dual 1.42GHZ PowerMac is $4,299 Canadian. Convert that to US and that works out to $2,866 US. Use 1.5% exchange rate, and that $4,299 Dual 1.42GHZ PowerMac is $4,048. If Apple lowered the price to $3,999, they would sell a lot more Dual 1.42GHZ PowerMacs, then if it was above $4,000 price point.

Now lets look at all of Apple's Hardware Product Line. How much cheaper would Macs be in Canada if Apple used 1.5% exchange rate? Look at the table below.

 

Canadian Price ($CDN)

US Price ($USD)

Candian Price in US Dollars

US Price in Canadian Dollars

Apple Over-Charging By

eMac

Combo Drive

$1,549.00

$999.00

$1,032.66

$1,498.50

$50.50

SuperDrive

$1,999.00

$1,299.00

$1,332.66

$1,948.50

$50.50

Ultimate

$2,254.00

$1,458.00

$1,502.66

$2,187.00

$67.00

iMac

15" Combo Drive

$1,999.00

$1,299.00

$1,332.66

$1,948.50

$50.50

17" SuperDrive

$2,799.00

$1,799.00

$1,866.00

$2,698.50

$100.50

iBook

12.1" CD-ROM

$1,599.00

$999.00

$1,066.00

$1,498.50

$100.50

14.1" Combo Drive

$2,099.00

$1,299.00

$1,399.33

$1,948.50

$150.50

PowerMac

Single 1GHZ G4

$2,399.00

$1,499.00

$1,599.33

$2,248.50

$150.50

Dual 1.25GHZ

$3.199.00

$1,999.00

$2,132.66

$2,998.50

$200.50

Dual 1.42GHZ

$4,299.00

$2,699.00

$2,866.00

$4,048.50

$250.50

Ultimate

$5,979.00

$3,799.00

$3,986.00

$5,698.50

$280.50

PowerBook

12" Combo Drive

$2,899.00

$1,799.00

$1,932.66

$2,698.50

$200.50

12" SuperDrive

$3,219.00

$1,999.00

$2,146.00

$2,998.50

$220.50

15" Combo Drive

$3,699.00

$2,299.00

$2,466.00

$3,448.50

$250.50

15" SuperDrive

$4,499.00

$2,799.00

$2,999.33

$4,198.50

$300.50

17" SuperDrive

$5,299.00

$3,299.00

$3,532.66

$4,948.50

$350.5

iPod

5GB

$479.00

$299.00

$319.33

$448.50

$30.50

10GB

$629.00

$399.00

$419.33

$598.50

$30.50

20GB

$799.00

$499.00

$532.66

$748.5

$50.50

Apple Cinima Displays

17" Cinima Display

$1,099.00

$699.00

$732.66

$1,048.50

$50.5

20" Cinima Display

$2,049.00

$1,299.00

$1,366.00

$1,948.50

$100.50

23" Cinima HD Display

$3,199.00

$1,999.00

$2,132.66

$2,998.50

$200.50

As you can see, Apple is over-charging Canadians by a lot. In creating this chart, I discovered that the $1,299 14" iBook Combo, and $1,299 15" LCD iMac are different prices in Canada. the iBook is $100 more then the 15" LCD iMac.

Lets hope that Apple adjusts the prices in Canada soon to reflect the ever rising Canadian Dollar. Soon the US Dollar will be at $1.45 Canadian. It could even hit $1.40 Canadian later this year. This is good news for Canadians as Mac prices will drop in price by large margins over the next 12 months, but only if Apple keeps the prices in line with the exchange rate.

What do you think? If your over seas, how bad is Apple over-charging you? Sound off in the "America Getting Cheaper Macs?" threads