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03-06-2012, 06:07 PM #1
Russia Changes iPad Classification to 'Computer'
Russia is laying down the law when it comes to classifying the iPad within consumer electronics. According to Russia's national customs agency, the iPad should be reclassified as a personal computer.
And so it has.
From now on, Russia makes no distinction between personal computers and iPads. What's behind the move? Money.
The change is going to help Russian customers save some. Previously, iPad buyers weren't spared the additional 5% import tax that applied to sales of the Apple tablet.
Russia scrapped a 5 percent import duty on Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad after classifying it as a computer rather than a GPS-navigation device, Vedomosti reported, citing an order by the country’s customs service.
Basically, Russia is adding to the deep divide between research groups which can't decide whether to lump the iPad into market data tracking PC sales. With the iPad included, global PC sales look healthy. Without the iPad, the PC market looks pretty dismal.
03-06-2012, 06:15 PM #2
03-06-2012, 06:55 PM #3
More like Apple lobbied for this change, or else why just Apple and nobody else?
Common sense actually would leave it as GPS device because it has a GPS in it, because it is 5% revenue lost for the government. I guess Apple expect more customers since customer saves this 5% AND there is less of price gap because you still have to pay this 5% on other device, get this passed right before the new iPad comes out is pretty smart move.
03-06-2012, 07:13 PM #4
i highly doubt that the savings will be passed on to the consumers.
03-06-2012, 07:30 PM #5
03-06-2012, 10:28 PM #6
Last edited by Cellular; 03-06-2012 at 10:31 PM.
03-07-2012, 06:38 AM #7
There is no way they did this from the goodness of their hearts to the people. Someone got paid.
03-07-2012, 10:18 AM #8