Sunday, 8 May 2005

Apple [dot] com VS virgin [Kuwait]

Passed by virgin today saw an interesting thing about their pricing :}

If we say the USD is worth 0.3 KD then:

A Power book (G4 12 inch) is worth $1,699.00 [via]

Approx. = 509.7 KD roughly 510 KD

In virgin Kuwait its sold @ 675 KD

A Power book (G4 17 inch) is worth $2,699.00 [via]

Which is approx. = 809.7 KD roughly 810 KD

In virgin Kuwait its sold @ 1050 KD

Add to that, the iPod shuffle is worth $ 99 in, approx. 30 KD & in Virgin Kuwait its worth 50 KD

Advise of the day - shop online -


Purgatory said...

sh7qa buy apple in the first place, an expensive toy.

Q80-Chill Girl said...

I like expensive toys ;}

G0LDiLiCiOuS-Ψ said...

Buy ya ba3ad 3omry BUY!! online for sure, as for the rest we mentioned :D also buy Oo bee
sabaqah gabul el kuwaities here:S
Purg khal el-bnayah teshyery shay yenfa3 eb baizat-haa! @!@


Q80-Chill Girl said...

After my liver wallah Golden girl :D

well there is also an option I have a friend that will go abroad soon she offered to get some stuff for me! but I might go with aramex or something like that :D

nibaq said...

Yeah they are rip offs here. I called one of the "dealers" in Kuwait while I was also on the online store, and told him I got a better price online via

He replied that they give "one year warranty and it will arrive in 3 weeks"

I told him I can get it in less than 2 weeks, and this includes a 3 year global warranty (The Apple Protection Plan just $300 more for 3 years global coverage) and with all the options and still less than his price.

One thing I to inform you of if you order from Aramex they screw you over when it comes to Kuwait Airport Customers 5% tax charge on a personal item and other crap.

So we were thinking since Apple sends it via FedEx to Aramex you can just contact your FedEx office in Kuwait and ask them to reroute the package to Kuwait. Then you will just pay the extra cost. Hopefully you will avoid customs and other delays.

And if you consider Apples and other PCs they are cheaper, in terms of hardware, software and use. Lots of stuff comes standard on Apple that is an option on PC.

Jacqui said...

I think however you've got one thing wrong.. you are calculating the online price of the superdrive option in those Apple Powerbooks.. As in the one with the DVD writer.. in Kuwait it's not the one with the dvd writer, most likely the combo drive option only CD writer so its a price difference of 200kd mostly :r

G0LDiLiCiOuS-Ψ said...

I was going to say "buy ba3ad my liver buy" :|


PIß said...

ana shakh9eyan afathel el online shopping eb kelshy.. I even buy chocolates online lol fa y3ni already mettab3a hal advise...

Q80-Chill Girl said...


I got the same advice on aramex as you did, they told me pay more stay with fedex l2na aramex bahthalaa ;p

thx for the tips

Q80-Chill Girl said...

JackoOoo :D

I did that so that I can get the worst case scenario :} & give virgin a benefit of a doubt that the one they are selling is the one with the super drive (i.e I chose the more expensive one!),, which mean that IF the one in virgin is the compo drive (the cheaper one) THEN the price is ridiculously HIGH :D which is an even worse position for virgin in terms of overpricing :>
comparing that to the prices that is

of course this applies to the 12-inch PB only

Q80-Chill Girl said...


LOL, I connected with ur inner mind in my own way & got the words out before you ;>

Q80-Chill Girl said...


LOL 7ta el chocolates :D ,, but I guess i cant blame you ,, it is more cost effective & I guess you have a good quality product :}

good for you!

Kuwaiti_Man said...

The prices at Virgin are far too expensive, eben in some local markets
I bought my mini ipod from Jarir bookstore and it costed me 84 KD

as you said, It's better to shop online!

Q80-Chill Girl said...


so ur an experienced buy-er now right :D ,, elly yqhar that they add around 30-40% or even 50% of the original price to the merchendise not like 5-10%

Jacqui said...

I had the pleasure of visiting virgin again today, and I found out that the model that they have of the 12inch powerbook is actually the superdrive option one.. But still it's quite expensive compared to the states price :r Hence yea.. Anywhoooo they actually have one thing that's reasonably priced.. the Logic3 i-Station speakers which go with any ipod/mini/mp3 player/cd player and it's cool.. online it's for 85$ today I saw it for 26.500KD which is really sweet.. :r Very long reply comment but oh well :D

Q80-Chill Girl said...

Hello there Jackoooo :}

well I too think its a good buy @@ .. being online & offline while picking stuff is good, smart buy is the BEST :D