r/saudiarabia Jun 14 '21

Saudi Extortion Discussion

Why is everything so expensive in Saudi, especially Western brands? I feel sorry for yous. I'm seeing baby food for 15/20 SAR and in the UK it's equivalent of 3/4 SAR and it's the worst brand. I can't imagine the top brands. Also Johnson Baby oil and lotion for 36 SAR whereas in the UK equivalent of 5/7 SAR. What is this?

How do those living simple lives afford this? Aren't there government pricing controls?!

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u/ajwadsabano Jeddah Jun 14 '21

Oh really? Then why does an iPhone 12 Pro Max 512GB cost 5100 AED in UAE but 6500 SAR in Saudi Arabia? I didn't know UAE produces iPhones...

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u/AssFuckingGermans Jun 14 '21

Their VAT is lower.

Also if Apple is forced to sell their products via collaboration with a local retailer/distributor, the prices increase.

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u/ajwadsabano Jeddah Jun 14 '21

Will Apple open official stores in Saudi Arabia? Because I'm sick of the pricing even though Saudi Arabia has one of the biggest, if not the biggest Apple fan base in the Middle East

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u/AssFuckingGermans Jun 14 '21

I think they have just one store in king Khalid airport.

They opened their main MENA office in Dubai.

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u/ajwadsabano Jeddah Jun 14 '21

I was talking about a real location not one in an airport. If that’s an official Apple store why doesn’t it have similar pricing to UAE’s standards?

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u/newtothis8388 Saudi Jun 14 '21

Apple does have an actual office in the UAE, and has actual selling locations one in dubai mall and other different malls and areas.

And uae has different import taxes / low tariff and 5% vat.

And like the person above me said, they sell through alot of local retailers / distributors in saudi so its another factor.

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u/ajwadsabano Jeddah Jun 14 '21

You didn’t read my comment right didn’t you? He said there is an OFFICIAL Apple store in King Khalid Airport. Meaning without any distributors or retailers. Why isn’t the pricing of their products reduced in comparison to local Apple retailers?

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u/newtothis8388 Saudi Jun 14 '21

Idk did you go to the only store in the entire country and see the prices, mind you its inside a airport where all prices are high?

That is btw a small section inside a virgin megastore with some phones on display, not a full fleshed apple store.

It does not work like that, one shop in the middle of no where with high prices will not reduce prices and show big coemption to local retailers.

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u/AssFuckingGermans Jun 14 '21

I don't know the prices of iPhones in king Khalid airport.

Saudi before didn't allow foreign companies to do business directly in Saudi. But that was recently changed.

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u/iAmmar9 Jun 14 '21

Probably because Apple is officially there and their taxes are lower.