Why are the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR so expensive in Spain compared to the US?

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Every time a new iPhone hits the market, thousands of Spanish fans of the brand are wondering why the price of the phones is so high with respect to the cost of the same in the US. This time the dilemma is repeated and after knowing the prices of the iPhone XS and its variants, we have a new example of how the figures inflate in Europe.

If the iPhone X already seemed expensive, sure your opinion has not changed too much to know the prices of the iPhone Xs and its variants. In fact, even the , the economic model of Apple, is prohibitive for many European pockets, as the cheapest version of the mobile amounts to 859 euros. However, the price of the same model in the US reaches 749 euros, something that converted to euros gives us a figure close to 650 euros, that is, more than 200 euros difference.

And this situation is repeated with all the variants of the 3 new iPhones presented yesterday in California. Why this great change in price?

Why are the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR so expensive in Spain compared to the US?

Prices of the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR in Spain and the US

Then, to make more blood, we will buy the prices of all variants of the , and iPhone XR to notice the huge differences between the price in Europe (and Spain) of the new iPhone , and the figure of the mobiles in American territory.

  • 64 GB iPhone XS: 1159 euros / 999 dollars (859 euros)
  • iPhone XS 256 GB : 1329 euros / 1149 dollars (988 euros)
  • iPhone 512 GB XS : 1559 euros / 1349 dollars (1160 euros)
  • iPhone XS Max 64 GB : 1259 euros / 1099 dollars (945 euros)
  • iPhone XS Max 256 GB : 1429 euros / 1249 dollars (1074 euros)
  • iPhone XS Max 512 GB : 1659 euros / 1449 dollars (1246 euros)
  • 64 GB iPhone XR: 859 euros / 749 dollars (644 euros)
  • 128 GB iPhone XR : 919 euros / 799 dollars (687 euros)
  • 256GB iPhone XR : 1029 euros / 899 dollars (773 euros)

As you can see there are cases where the difference exceeds 400 euros, as in the case of the iPhoen XS Max with greater capacity. Buying it in one country or another can mean a considerable saving that we could invest in buying a new smartphone. And the iPhone X case “cheap” is not far behind …

Taxes and “canons”

Although the prices of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR can vary a few euros (or pounds) in Europe, it is quite evident that both in Spain and in the old continent the new iPhone are much more expensive than in the Americas. This is not something new as it is a situation that is repeated every time a new Apple device is launched within our borders. Neither is it a circumstance that affects only the Cupertino company but, being more expensive products, the comparison is even more frustrating.

Why are the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR so expensive in Spain compared to the US?

have cost more outside the US, both in Europe and abroad. The answer is that the prices of the new iPhones of 2018 in North American territory do not include state or local taxes. To this we must add other factors such as import costs, as the currency exchange, in theory, should be favorable to our interests.

to the US price of the new iPhone, we must add the taxes and fees, which vary depending on the state where we buy the phones. However, even with the sum of these fees, the price is still more expensive than in Europe, where taxes raise the cost of the iPhone XS and its variants. In the case of our country, the price of mobile phones must be added 21% VAT as well as the famous Digital Canon that increases the price of technological products. If we did not have these variables, the figures between Spain and the US would not be so different.

Why are the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR so expensive in Spain compared to the US?

However, it is quite evident that with taxes, canon and a slight inflation in its price, we are facing the most expensive iPhone in history , where the most expensive model is dangerously close to 1700 euros and the so-called “economic iPhone” supposes a disbursement close to 900 euros, something that few pockets can cope with. How this price policy will affect the commercial development of new phones is, today, a mystery.

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