That Apple Watch you had your eye on? It could become more expensive depending on how President Donald Trump’s trade war with China turns out.
Fonte: USA Today
Last Wednesday, Apple wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that a proposal to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of products imported into the U.S. from China – including a range of the company’s products, such as the Apple Watch, the Apple Pencil, AirPods, the Mac Mini, adapters, cables and chargers – could lead to higher prices for customers. The company didn’t mention the iPhone, which accounts for more than half of its revenue.
Trump has already slapped tariffs on about $50 billion worth of goods from China, and he’s threatened tariffs on billions more, including levies of up to 25 percent on the $200 billion worth of goods that include products from Apple. A tariff is basically a tax on goods entering the U.S. from around the world.
The Cupertino, California-based company didn’t provide specific price details or confirm that it would raise them as a result of the possible tariffs. But Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at market research firm GlobalData, theorized that a price increase could be as high as 10 percent.
How would that affect a device such as the Apple Watch? A low-end model from the Series 3 line is $329, according to Apple’s website. With a 10 percent price jump, you’d be looking at an extra $32.90 if Apple decided to pass the higher costs along to consumers. For AirPods, the current $159 price tag would rise another $15.90.