Feeds

Apple online store blacklists innocent Channel Islanders

Jobs planning to slip into Jersey?

Boost IT visibility and business value

Apple UK has confirmed it is turning down orders from residents of the Channel Islands made through its online store while it considers opening a dedicated site serving the small islands in the English Channel quite near France.

Sales stopped in December, Apple told us, with customers asked to use real world shops instead.

Apple sent us a statement: "In order to provide an optimum service quality to our customers, we are evaluating the need for a Channel Islands Apple Online store. In the meantime, customers continue to be able to purchase Apple products from our network of local resellers."

Channel Islanders are a laid-back lot and seem to have taken this exclusion order in good heart. But rumours are beginning that Apple may open a dedicated web store to exploit the Islands' tax status.

The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and a couple of really little ones) have a population of 162,000 and enjoy various tax breaks, notably freedom from VAT.

Online CD retailers have been quick to exploit the loophole - Tesco.com sells CDs from its base in Jersey because purchases worth less than £18 can be sold to UK residents without charging VAT.

So is Apple planning something similar? Does Apple sell anything for less than £18?

Well, there's a whole load of iTunes.

Otherwise, Register research reveals you can buy a set of six socks for your iPod for just £19 and a two-button mouse can be yours for £14.95. Cutting VAT from these prices could be just the New Year filip Apple needs...

Thanks to Reg reader and blogger Ryan Morrison for the tip. Read his thoughts here.®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.