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Buying laptop in Canada...

Hi. I'm going to buy a new laptop. In the same time I will travel to Canada for a few days next month. I'm wondering whether it is interesting to buy a laptop in Canada than in Switzerland (e.g. considering price, guarantee...)...

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Old 30.01.2015, 23:03
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Re: Buying laptop in Canada...

If there were to be a problem with it, do you not need to go back to where you bought it…. the shop in Canada?
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Old 30.01.2015, 23:13
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Hi. I'm going to buy a new laptop. In the same time I will travel to Canada for a few days next month. I'm wondering whether it is interesting to buy a laptop in Canada than in Switzerland (e.g. considering price, guarantee...)...

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Seems like the answer is yes due to the currency.

New XPS 13 in CH: 1769CHF
New XPS 13 in CA: 1430CHF (1749*1.13*0.72)

New Macbook Air in CH: 1079CHF
New Macbook Air in CA: 897CHF (1099*1.13*0.72)

1.13 = tax
0.72 = (optimal) exchange rate

But warranty could be an issue if thats something you rely on, but certain manufacturers have different global policies.
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Old 30.01.2015, 23:17
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Re: Buying laptop in Canada...

Prices here are pretty competitive on electronics (well, prior to the SNB thing), plus everything comes with a two-year guarantee. We are in the States pretty often and considered buying there. However the warranty and the idea of taking it back for any kind of problem led us to simply purchase here. Do you care about keyboard layout? I am just fine with the Swiss German but it drives some people nuts.
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Old 31.01.2015, 18:58
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Re: Buying laptop in Canada...

It may be just a matter of time for the exchange rate effect to travel down the chain and lower consumer price, making them competitive once again.

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Do you care about keyboard layout? I am just fine with the Swiss German but it drives some people nuts.
Being swiss I've never needed that functionality, but on a Windows machine it should be a matter of just a few clicks to switch keyboard layout. You don't even need a different keyboard if you've memorized the layout, otherwise plug in the replacement and fire away (a reboot is recommended after changing system settings).
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Old 31.01.2015, 19:11
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Re: Buying laptop in Canada...

If you're buying Apple then you'll have a worldwide 1 year guarantee, but you won't be able to avail yourself of the 2 year guarantee for products bought in Switzerland

If you're buying another brand then your mileage may vary - you may not even get a guarantee if bringing it back.
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