Microsoft Store UK site to ship Surface 2 LTE May 8th

In March, Microsoft finally released its promised version of the Surface 2 tablet with support for LTE wireless networks in the U.S. This week, Microsoft started taking pre-orders for the tablet on its UK retail website for the price of £539. 

That price is a pretty steep one for citizens in the UK; the current exchange rate means the cost is about $904 in the U.S. By contrast, Microsoft is currently selling the Surface 2 LTE for $679 over in the U.S. but it only works currently on AT&T's LTE network. There's no such wireless provider restriction named for the UK model.

The website indicates that shipments of the Surface 2 LTE model will begin on May 8th in the UK. On the same day, a number of other retailers such as Dixons, Currys and PC World will start selling the tablet. As with the U.S launch, the UK version will only be available in one model with 64 GB of storage. It will also give owners 200 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years along with an unlimited number of voice minutes to land lines in 60 countries via the Skype app for one year.

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When converting its imports to point out the uk price ALWAYS includes a 20 VAT charge, whereas the US price never does (its different state to state).

so that £539 becomes £431 before tax = $721 which is a price difference of $40, not major.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Yeah cos our government likes to milk us and give nothing back

while I'm no fan of tax, most us states do have a tax, it's just not shown in prices by default because it changes state to state.

duddit2 said,

while I'm no fan of tax, most us states do have a tax, it's just not shown in prices by default because it changes state to state.

So that begs the question how comparable is the UK 20% rate to average US state tax?

spc1972 said,

So that begs the question how comparable is the UK 20% rate to average US state tax?

Really the question should be how does 20% sales tax compare against all other 1st world countries, if what we're trying to do is establish whether the 20% sales tax is too high or balanced with others rates.

in this specific case though, i think a lot of US states don't have any tax, others have higher than 20 and some lower. I think if you buy from amazon etc you don't pay tax as they are based in a zero sales tax state.

I've also read that other taxes are higher in states that have no sales tax, so it kind of evens out if your a resident.

this issue comes down to the fact that US prices never include tax so always seem cheaper, but in the UK,its a legal requirement to show the full price inc tax as all consumers have to pay it and its a single rate.

I haven't even seen a Dixons store in years. Are they still open? All I see are the PC World/Currys joint shops these days.

Edit: Ignore that I just woke up. You just made pretty much the same point.