In this article I talk about a iPhone 7, 128 GB, purchased in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, during European tour. I also speak of how to be repaid in part of the European tax that is charged on the purchase, by Global Blue.
In my previous trips to Europe, all the work, always I ended up wasting the product dimension that could bring tax free. The most I ever had brought had been a Chromecast 2, as already reported here in Skooter Blog. This time I decided I was going to be different. The prices in Europe are not as good as those of USA or Canada, but are still lower than those of Brazil. This is because Brazil taxes higher than those of first world, but does the old third world services which always was and always will be (Remember that the Squid, already convicted of corruption, leading research…).
In the case of iPhone 7, We know that Brazil iPhones are among the most expensive in the world. European prices are also high, but are still lower than those of Brazil. Furthermore, non-resident tourists in Europe can receive back part of the tax paid, What also makes a considerable difference.
Apple Store in Amsterdam
It has an Apple Store in Amsterdam in Leidseplein, that is just 550 meters away from the famous sign “I amsterdam”, in the Museum square. So, you don't have to waste a lot of time that would be invested in good tours and visits to museums to shopping. We went through there when we got back from a walk.
The store has a discreet façade and would pass unnoticed if it wasn't for a small plate with the Apple logo. It is quite likely that the facade cannot be altered because it is historical building. But inside is a store wide, with two andaras and many products on display that can be tested by customers.
The choice of the iPhone 7 – 128GB
This iPhone 7, 128 GB is my wife and replaced a 5S iPhone 32 GB, which I have already spoken here in Skooter Blog. I'm not going to talk about the characteristics, vantagens e desvantagens do aparelho pois elas já estão em muitos sites especializados. Furthermore, não sou eu quem está usando o aparelho, e nem sou muito fã do iOS, então fica difícil opinar.
Só dei pitaco nessa compra na questão da memória interna. Sugeri 128GB em vez de 32GB, uma vez que a Apple ainda não descobriu que existem cartões de memória no mundo. Qualquer dia eles incorporam como se fosse ideia deles. Claro que nesse dia usarão um formato proprietário que custará cinco vezes o preço de um microSD de mesma capacidade. 🙂
O custo total do iPhone 7, 128 GB It was 879,00 Euros, já incluso o imposto VAT de 21%. Vale lembrar que a compra foi em julho, bem antes do anúncio do iPhone 8 e consequente queda de preço dos modelos anteriores.
Also remember to add the IOF to 6,38%, the bloody legacy of the PT, If you are buying on credit card. The IOF will apply on the full price, including taxes, and the part referring to the taxes that will be repaid will not be refunded.
In the purchase it is necessary to ask for the refund forms. Along with invoice the store already gives the form of the company Global Blue, who runs the reimbursement. The form must be filled in with some data of the buyer, and it already appears in the value that will be refunded. No case, 97,00 Euros.
Note that the reimbursement is never full, pea Global Blue and the store become a part. In this case the tax was 152,55 Euros (21% of the purchase price). Therefore, the 97,00 Euros are 63,59% the tax paid. This percentage may vary depending on the store.
For those who will spend po country rmais in Europe worth checking which one product is cheaper. Apple Store prices seem to be tabulated within a country, but vary from one country to another, because the tax rate also varies. For example, in Holland the same iPhone 7 get out cheaper than in Italy. To check before travelling just check the Apple Store online for each country. At the time I write this article are 749,00 Euros in the Netherlands and 769,00 Euros in Italy.
This is the first unboxing the Skooter Blog done in a hotel room. Because of this the photos are a little worse than usual. Most hotel rooms have very weak lamps. Furthermore, the photos of the Skooter Blog are usually made with the Digital Camera Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and with external flash, but on trips I usually take the Digital Camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, It's much more compact.
The reimbursement form must be closely guarded, It must be presented together with the product in the package and the return ticket in a customs station at the airport where the visitor is leaving the European Union, where will be stamped. After that he should be sent to the Global Blue. Without stamp have no refunds.
The product must be new, in original packaging. The customs officer didn't complain of being open and phone package already be with the SIM card and running. But he checked the serial number.
Note that this must be done at the airport of departure of the European Union. In my case, the Netherlands went to Italy, and even had scale in France. I had to search to find out exactly how to proceed. And a lot of information on the Internet is already outdated, because the procedures have changed recently.
The procedure is also different for product that goes in carry-on and checked baggage that product, in the case of scales.
For product in checked baggage, product and form must be presented at the airport where the order – in my case would be Rome, in Italy – because the officer needs to see that the product is actually coming out of the European Union. Only then the product must be shipped.
It's good to reserve a good time to make such a procedure, because the customs station can have queue and may be in a different and distant from your terminal, in which case you need to make a “tour” by the airport.
In the case of the product be on hand luggage, as was my case, the form must be presented at the last airport in the European Union – in my case Paris, in France. In this case it is also good to let a good time for the scale.
In the case of the Charles de Gaulle airport, the customs station is outside the security area. In this way, It is necessary to go out to the lobby as if Paris was the final destination, go to another floor where the boarding area, do the procedure at the customs station and then back to the boarding area, passing through passport control queue and queue security verification (baggage x-ray, passengers on the metal detector, etc.). Ultimately, is laborious and time consuming. Even looking at all the maps before still had trouble and I had to ask for help to an employee of the airport.
The customs service does not expect much cordiality. The service is with the traditional unwillingness, It seems that is requirement for working in the.
With the stamp in the form, take a picture of the form and make sure that all the data is readable. This photo will be your only hope your form is misplaced or something. Furthermore, as the form has only one via, you will need this picture to know the code to follow the process after, the site Global Blue.
The reimbursement can be received in full as credit in a credit card, whose data are filled in the form. It is also possible to receive in kind (Euros) in one of the airport's Exchange stores to work with Global Blue. These are many and far less rare than the customs post.
I opted for the full refund on credit card, But today I don't know if I'd do it again, Since the time limit given by the Global Blue does not correspond with the reality. Ended up taking twice the expected, I received the refund almost 2 months after posting the form.
Leaving the customs post, and (times) employee-driven from the airport and the customs, I put the form in the prepaid envelope of Global Blue There was received on Apple Store and posted in a mail collection box. Do not do it! The letter goes to the Global Blue by regular mail, what it takes even more. A faster alternative is to place the form in the envelope in a box a collection of Exchange shops that work with the Global Blue. I just saw them after I had already posted.
With the delay to receive reimbursement, past the period estimated by the Global Blue, I was afraid that I had been a loss. I filled out a form on the website of the Global Blue for information. No give 08/08 responded that they had received the form and that he was being processed. Ufa!
No give 30/08 I received an email that the refund had been sent to my credit card, the value of R$ 334,60. And on my invoice consisted a release exactly this value:
23/08 GLOBALBLUE.COM/RULES - MOELNDAL - SE BR R$ -334,60
My conclusion is to bring iPhone Europe pays off. The price difference is not so great, but it is still considerable, especially considering the refund. In the view definitely pays off.
Apple offers global warranty, then the unit outside has warranty coverage in Brazil. The plug of the charger is the same as the brazilian and the frequencies of operation are the same.
The reimbursement by Global Blue works. Is bureaucratic and lost time at the airport, but in the end it works. So it pays to request form.