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Hey Guys!

I'm new to the forum and I just ordered an American Macbook(1.8 Stock).
I'm currently living in the UK and I was wondering what power adapters will I need to convert USA to UK?

I'm very excited about this laptop, it will be my first mac!

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All that you'll need is the plug adapter for the UK power outlets. Apple sells a set of these adapters called the "Apple World Travel Adapter Kit" for $39 USD. I'm not certain if you can purchase the adapters individually, but either way, it's won't cost you all that much to get up and running using UK power with your new MacBook.

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Just wondering, why the US version?
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I'm not the OP, but likely because it's a whole lot cheaper.
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Thanks Padawan

Yeah I bought it from the USA because basically it's so much cheaper over there.
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Yeah I bought it from the USA because basically it's so much cheaper over there.
Even allowing for the VAT & Customs duty?

You do realise that when they deliver it you must pay these don't you!*

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(* unless of course you are breaking the law but you wouldn't do that would you.)
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Yeah I do realise, but it cant be that much - 30 maybe.
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Uh...

Probably a fair wodge more than that!

A 250 laptop I imported a few years back cost me a total of 320 when it came through customs...

You might be in for a little shock I'm afraid to say

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Customs charge is around 30, then theres the vat at 17.9 on top of that.

So youve paid 592 pounds for the laptop at current conversion rates, plus the 30 custom charge, thats 622. Plus 17.9 of 592, 106.

Thats 728 you'll have paid altogether.

Was the shipping free? I know on the UK store it is, but from the US store to uk I dont know if it is.

Really though you havent saved that much.
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Well last time I bought an item of ebay from USA the guy sent it as a gift so there would be no customs tax..
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Well last time I bought an item of ebay from USA the guy sent it as a gift so there would be no customs tax.
Statements like that can get you a visit from your local auditor. Then again you could roll the dice and hope that saving a few hundred bux is worth the risk of being breaking the law.
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Did you buy the macbook off ebay? If its bought from a normal store you can be assured it wont be sent as a gift.

I bought a mountain bike frame off ebay from canada, it was valued at 400 and I got hit with 98 quids worth of charges
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Well last time I bought an item of ebay from USA the guy sent it as a gift so there would be no customs tax.
The key word here is "gift". Apple isn't going to ship your Mac as a gift, although someone in the states may do so for you...


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I didnt buy it from apple, I got it from eBay brand new for $1000.
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If the seller agrees to send it as a "gift" and undervalue it on the customs form, you might be all-right then...


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