Russian Online Apple Store returns with major price hikes as ruble crumbles

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in General Discussion edited December 2014
After suspending online sales in Russia last week due to an extremely volatile ruble, Apple on Monday reinstated the Online Apple Store with price increases of up to 35 percent for certain products like the iPhone.




It took Apple nearly one week to bring its digital storefront back online as the company waited for the ruble to stabilize from its dive against the U.S. dollar.

Russian buyers saw inflated pricing when the Online Apple Store resumed operations earlier today, with a 16GB iPhone 6 going for 53,990 rubles (about $956), up 35 percent from 39,990 rubles last week, Reuters reports. This marks the second time in less than one month that Apple changed product prices due to ruble fluctuations.

Last week, Russia's central bank raised interest rates by 6.5 points overnight, causing a massive 19 percent decline the next day. The ruble's value deterioration over 2014 has seen the dollar prices soar more than 70 percent. In January, one dollar equaled 32.9 rubles, but the current exchange rate has a dollar worth about 54 rubles.

Russia's economy is feeling the hurt from ongoing trade sanctions and dropping oil prices. Former finance minister Alexei Kudrin told the BBC on Monday that Russia is entering, or has entered, a "full-blown economic crisis" and expects the situation to worsen come 2015. While oil is one of Russia's main exports, Kudrin calculates the price drop accounts for about one quarter of the ruble's decline. Western economic sanctions, along with worries of even stricter sanctions over actions in Ukraine, account for a more significant 40 percent, Kudrin said.

Apple's Online Apple Store opened in Russia last June and still serves as the company's only direct sales method as no brick-and-mortar locations have been built in the country. Rumors from 2011 claimed Apple would soon move on a property in Moscow, but that project has failed to materialize.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15

    While I like the association you’ve made in the title, I wish you would have gone full-on ‘1920s newspaper’ and done something groan-worthy like

     

    As Russia’s economy turns to ruble

  • Reply 2 of 15
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,653member

    Here's a photo of a Russian dude who's heading out to the nearest electronics store to buy a new iPhone 6.

     

     

    As for Russia, I can't really say that I feel bad for them. Putin is obviously not a great leader, like many Russians think that he is. Also, I'm not gay, but if I were, I'd be pretty happy about Russia's current economic predicament.

  • Reply 3 of 15
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,460member

    I love what Putin is doing! :rolleyes:

  • Reply 4 of 15
    Personally, I'm surprised that Apple is taking an purchases in Rubles. Were I selling in Russia today, payment would be in dollars, Euros, or perhaps Swiss francs.

    In short, I'd insist on getting paid in real money.
  • Reply 5 of 15
    inkling wrote: »
    Personally, I'm surprised that Apple is taking an purchases in Rubles. Were I selling in Russia today, payment would be in dollars, Euros, or perhaps Swiss francs.

    In short, I'd insist on getting paid in real money.

    Apple will sell very little in Russia then.

    It's not an issue as long as the ruble is convertible. (If it stops being convertible, Russia's problems will have ratcheted up to a completely different level.)
  • Reply 6 of 15
    inkling wrote: »
    Personally, I'm surprised that Apple is taking an purchases in Rubles. Were I selling in Russia today, payment would be in dollars, Euros, or perhaps Swiss francs.

    In short, I'd insist on getting paid in real money.

    All of those are fiat currency last I checked. I'd be demanding payment in gold, silver, or Bitcoin. :D
  • Reply 7 of 15
    edit: Pipped by [@]TheWhiteFalcon[/@].
  • Reply 8 of 15
    xixoxixo Posts: 422member
    The exchange rate is now two Kalashnikovs to one iPhone...
  • Reply 9 of 15
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member

    I have always wanted an SU-30.  Perhaps I will be able to buy one soon.

  • Reply 10 of 15
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,248member
    xixo wrote: »
    The exchange rate is now two Kalashnikovs to one iPhone...

    That's probably going on right now!
  • Reply 11 of 15
    xixo wrote: »
    The exchange rate is now two Kalashnikovs to one iPhone...

    Soon it will be 2 Kalashnikovs + 2 bottles of vodka for 1 iPhone.
  • Reply 12 of 15
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

    Soon it will be 2 Kalashnikovs + 2 bottles of vodka for 1 iPhone.

     

    I’ll trade 3 Kardashians for 2 Kalashnikovs and some borscht.

  • Reply 13 of 15
    I’ll trade 3 Kardashians...

    Talk about inflation.
  • Reply 14 of 15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismY View Post





    Talk about inflation.

    ^Wins the internet^ <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

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