Prices rose unevenly, and even in traditional stores.
Samsung has followed Apple’s example and raise prices in the Russian market due to the increase in VAT from 18% to 20% from 1 January 2019. But if in the case of Apple the price of iPhone increased only in the official Russian Internet-store of the company, the price increase happened Samsung and all major retailers. The growth of prices of Samsung smartphones in some cases exceed 2%.
On the official website of Samsung and from leading Russian retailers to change the prices of the smartphones the Korean manufacturer. The increase was not uniform. So, the price of the flagship Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB has risen from 69 990 rubles to 490 rubles 71 — increase to 1,500 rubles, or 2.1%. On the other hand, popular among Russian buyers Galaxy S9 increased in price to 1000 rubles — to 54 990 55 990 rubles. The price increase in percentage terms in this case was 1.8%.
It is noteworthy that not all Samsung smartphones rose after the price updates from the company. A cheap model will retain the same prices as in the official online store and retailers. The representatives of Samsung, that price increases due to the increase in VAT in Russia has not affected the price of household appliances and televisions.
It is expected that in the next few days their prices for smartphones will raise by other manufacturers.