Rising prices will definitely be because of the increase in VAT.
Prices for iPhone, iPad and other equipment can significantly grow by the beginning of 2019. The increase in cost of the devices will cause a future increase in VAT from 18% to 20%, toughening of rules of import of technology, as well as the weakening of the ruble. To such conclusion have come the Russian experts.
iPhone, iPad and other equipment will definitely rise at the beginning of 2019. This happens due to the fact that from 1 January 2019 in Russia will change the VAT rate from 18% to 20%. Retailers predict that the increase in prices for digital devices will be up to 5%.
However, the price increase may be much more serious, according to Russian experts. A negative impact on the pricing have a new toughening of rules of import techniques that are introduced in the framework of the program of import substitution. “Oil on the fire” adds the ruble, which in recent weeks has weakened significantly.
Currently, leading manufacturers, including Apple, has not commented on the rumors about the possible increase in prices. However, according to the experience of previous years, companies are closely monitoring the situation. Recall that three years ago, Apple is a relatively long time did not raise the prices for their devices after the fall of the ruble, but eventually corrected them.
In fairness, we note that in the same way Apple and reduced the prices when the ruble strengthened.