Why is iPhone price so expensive in other countries?

@nicregi (1936)
Malaysia
September 14, 2010 9:28pm CST
iPhone are like $199 and $299 in USA but why in other countries cost insanely high? Of course there is import tax and exchange rate but the differences is about 1,000 to 1,500 local currency? Don't you think that is way too high? For example, iPhone is coming to my country this month or next and the price is about RM3,100 for 16 GB. Insane right?!
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@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
16 Sep 10
well just like you it is more expensive in this country too. but those prices are with a plan and not prepaid.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 10
Very true..with plans I could save up few hundred but even with that, it could still cost alot more...not whinning but just wondering if that is really fair. :)
@yunzhbh (147)
• China
15 Sep 10
The same thing happened in my country,I have to admit iPhone is excellent,but the price is very high,most of us can't afford it.I will not spend several thousand to buy just a phone,it's even more expensive than a computer.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 10
Very true indeed. well for most of us, the price might already deter us from buying one..regardless how good it is!
@nicococo (134)
15 Sep 10
The price of the iphone is high because they have to tailor the price to the country's specific needs. It covers shipping, and cellphone plan adjustments that come with no using AT&T. It is a little insane, but what I do is I ask one of my friends in the US to buy for me then they send it to my home. It's fast, it's easy and it's cheaper.
@jinghan (133)
• China
15 Sep 10
in the at least 4-5 years, what i can do is waiting~~~ can't understand
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 10
I dont think it worth waiting. I myself is planning to check out on eBay or something. Buying from there is much cheaper...
@jinghan (133)
• China
15 Sep 10
i have the same question, in china mainland ,you have to spend 4000?,or 600$ to take it home people like me ,just a student ,can't afford it .
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 10
Seems like we got to pay more..whether we like it or not T__T
• India
15 Sep 10
I think its due to different tax policies in different countries.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 10
You might be correct but even if it is tax, wow that is insanely high! .