OMG, I was berated by a lawyer, I must admit, as an Engineer, that was not the first time, and will not be the last, and I take pride of every one of them!!!!
First things first:
Answering the question from robm: Brazilian taxes gear up consumer electronics prices up to twice as much in Brazil, sometimes north of that, and as Apple hardware is somewhat premium priced (due to being cutting edge in almost all aspects) it really can make a dent in most home budgets.
Apple products produced in Brazil are yesteryear versions, if I'm not much mistaken, the only thing produced here is the iPhone 4, which cost approximately a thousand reais (=480 dollars by today exchange rate). This price is considerably high by Brazilian standards once you consider the national average income per capita. More important, the local assembly doesn't do much to reduce costs because every single little part must be imported and every one of them is taxed (ridiculously).
As for the lawyer, if you have a differentiated take on the question, try making your point without being rude to other people, like spacepower did and you yourself most of your post. And you should inform yourself a little beyond law school's black and white, Brazil is a Federative republic just on paper, it doesn't function like one in all aspects. Don't come here stating obvious facts like differences between federal, state and municipal taxes, hoping that it makes something more of a half assed argument, because it doesn't. In my post I didn't use the words "federal tax" even once, regardless of originating from federal government, state or whatever, the fact is that Brazilian tax is high.
Willingness to pay premium for good consumer products is not a flaw (even if it is, it not just a Brazilian one), but the willingness to accept crappy knockoff products that have little to no aggregated value is one of the things that keep things this way. I bought my Apple products as a work tool (I'm a electronics engineering professor at a federal university and the iPhone iPad combo in a presentation just kick ass in my Digital Signal Processing classes), personal convenience was a secondary point. Although I'm quite happy for my willingness, because to this day, my two year old iPad still screams, while some of my colleagues squandered they money on some Android piece of junk that just didn't cut it, so they almost never use it.
PS: I also have a Apple TV (that I use daily) but that can't be used in court to condemn me as a mongrel dog, because I didn't buy it, it was a wedding gift (my favorite).