• The iPhone X 64GB retails for R18,999 in South Africa, while the 256GB variant is sold for R22,999.
  • In the United Stated, the 64GB is sold for R11,587.87 ($999) and the 256GB variant is sold for R13,347.88 ($1,149.00).
  • A return plane ticket to New York in June costs R8,568. 

Flying to New York to buy the iPhone X 64GB will cost roughly the same as buying the same phone in South Africa. Traveling to buy the top end model, the iPhone X 256GB, would actually save you money.

As long as you don't stay overnight.

The iPhone X 64GB retails for R18,999 in South Africa while the 256GB variant is sold for R22,999.

In the United States (US), the 64GB iPhone is sold for R11,587.87 ($999) and the 256GB variant is sold for R13,347.88 ($1,149.00)

A quick search on Cheapflights.com reveals that a return flight to New York city from Johannesburg will cost you R8,568 when you fly in the month of June. 

Add R11,587.87 for the iPhone X 64GB to the R8,568 for the flight ticket and you'll get R20,155.87 — just R1,156.87 more than buying the phone South Africa. 

When you buy the 256GB iPhone X variant in the US you'd save R1,083.12 compared to buying it in South Africa. 

That is just about enough to pay R1,861.60 ($160) for a US VISA.

Although, to break even you will have to come back on the next flight and not stay overnight; an average AirBnB apartment goes for R800 per night in Manhattan.

Update: this story was corrected for the saving on the 256GB variant phone, which was previously misstated – and updated to reflect that staying overnight in Manhattan would spoil this theoretical calculation. 

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