Apple’s Mac Pro Attracts An Australia Tax

Apple’s cylindrical Mac Pro, which was announced earlier this year, went on sale overnight. It’s a striking machine with a striking price to match, but you’ll pay extra to buy one in Australia.

The entry-level Mac Pro model (3.7GHZ quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage) costs $3999. The US price for the same model is $US2999. Convert that to Australian dollars at today’s exchange rate and then add 10 per cent for GST and it comes in at $3713.72. In other words, we’re paying $300 more in Australia for the same product.

A beefier version (3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash strage) is priced at $5299. The US price of $3999 converts to $4952.04 Australian (with GST included) — again, a roughly $300 difference.

Relative to the price of the machine itself, $300 isn’t an enormous amount. It’s also less than the difference was when we did the same calculations back when the machine was announced — at that point, it was closer to $600. That’s a reflection of the fact that exchange rates are volatile, but Apple sets its prices over a longer period.

Regardless of the gap, are you tempted to buy one?

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