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These are the best and worst countries in which to buy a Samsung or Apple phone

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Published onNovember 12, 2021

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  • If you want to buy a Samsung phone (or Apple phone), you’re going to get better deals in some countries as compared to others.
  • As expected, South Korea is the best place to get a Galaxy phone. Canada and Belarus are the worst.
  • There are lots of other data for other products, too.

There are so many factors that go into pricing a smartphone. With so many variables, it’s inevitable that some countries will see better value from their phone purchases than others. We saw this recently with the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, which is a much better deal in India than it is in Europe.

So which places get the best deals if you want to buy a Samsung phone or maybe an iPhone? How about a Nintendo Switch, Amazon Kindle, Samsung television, or other electronics? Grover, a European technology rental service, has done some work to give us an idea.

Related: The hottest deals on tech right now

Grover combed through pricing information for major tech products at large retail chains in 50 different countries. It then compiled all this data to create a median price for specific items, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21, iPhone 13, and over 20 other products. Once it had a median price, it could see how much more expensive specific products are in each country.

You can check out their table of data here. However, we’re going to focus on information important to people who want to buy a Samsung phone.

Best and worst places to buy a Samsung phone

According to Grover’s data, the absolute worst place to buy a Samsung phone is Belarus. It can be over 40% more expensive to get a phone there as compared to the global median price. Canada is not much better, with a 39% increase. Argentina, Ireland, and Greece round out the bottom five.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s home country of South Korea is the best place to buy a Galaxy phone. Compared to the median price, you could save nearly 35%. Indonesia is also pretty good at a nearly 32% savings. New Zealand, Colombia, and Hong Kong make up the rest of the top five.

Interestingly, the countries closest to the middle — i.e. where pricing is not much different than the median — are Chile and Austria. Australia, Italy, the United States, and Czechia are also very near the middle.

Check out the table of data for yourself here. Be sure to look at how your country stacks up for all the products Grover tested.

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