From: Bruce on
On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:27:15 +0000, Martin Brown
<|||newspam|||@nezumi.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>Rich wrote:
>> Bruce <docnews2011(a)gmail.com> wrote in
>> news:gtq4n5pggujikhkgdf21c69hkegt335bqm(a)4ax.com:
>>
>>> On Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:24:24 -0800 (PST), RichA <rander3127(a)gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Feb 9, 1:30 pm, Bruce <docnews2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Nikon has announced the following new lenses:
>>>>>
>>>>> AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
>>>>> Full frame (FX) format, image stabilised wide angle zoom
>>>>> lens.http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020902nikon16mm35mm.asp
>>>>> US $ 1259.95 -
>>>>> Euro 1199.00 - $1651.00 U.S.
>>>>> GBP 1049.99 - $1647.00 U.S.
>>>>>
>>>>> AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED
>>>>> Full frame (FX) format, ultra-fast wide angle fixed focal length
>>>>> lens.http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020901nikon24mmf14.asp
>>>>> US $ 2199.95
>>>>> Euro 2149.00 - $2960.00 U.S.
>>>>> GBP 1949.99 - $3058.75 U.S.
>>>
>>> Euro/GBP prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) which varies between 15%
>>> and 25% according to country. US prices do not include taxes.
>>
>> Worst case scenario, a guy in California pays $2386.00 for the 24mm, tax-
>> in. The Brit pays $600 more.
>
>This is the golden island problem. UK photo dealers are much better at
>maintaining their margins than US box shifters. It wasn't all that long
>ago that the rule of thumb for hitech gear was price in USD = price in
>GBP. At least they have passed on some of the shift in exchange rates.


It isn't the same across all photo products - not even across all
Nikon products. Take off the tax, and a D700 body sells for much the
same price in the UK as in the USA. The same applies to the D3X.


>The smart Brit has a long weekend holiday in New York and goes shopping...


My partner claims to be able to pay for the cost of the trip to NY
with the saving on the price of clothes. Sounds good, until you
realise how much you have to spend on clothes to generate that much of
a saving. Still, what are income tax refunds for? ;-)

From: Dimitris M on
The real street prices in Europe are at least 20% less the anounced euro
prices and the VAT is included. France has usually the most expensive
prices, that are about as the announced. England and Greece have the lowest.
BUT the street prices, are not anounced, as there is a "price protection"
policy from the company that represents Nikon in each country. For ex, the
anounced (super market) price for the D90 + 18-105VR is 1.050 euros, the
price that is anoumced from some good specialized shops in Athens is 950
euros, and in the same shops, the price "in place" is 850 euros (after a
small bargain).

I have friends who live in NY and they come to Greece every year. As I have
seen from the prices in BH, is not worth at all for me to by any Nikon dSLR
or lens from there. In contrary there are other products made in USA (like
Lowel-lite) that are 40% cheaper in BH than in here.

So I expect the 16-35 f4 in no more than 3 months to be at about 900 euros,
here.
--
Dimitris M



? "Bruce" <docnews2011(a)gmail.com> ?????? ??? ??????
news:gtq4n5pggujikhkgdf21c69hkegt335bqm(a)4ax.com...
>
> On Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:24:24 -0800 (PST), RichA <rander3127(a)gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>On Feb 9, 1:30 pm, Bruce <docnews2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Nikon has announced the following new lenses:
>>>
>>> AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
>>> Full frame (FX) format, image stabilised wide angle zoom
>>> lens.http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020902nikon16mm35mm.asp
>>> US $ 1259.95 -
>>> Euro 1199.00 - $1651.00 U.S.
>>> GBP 1049.99 - $1647.00 U.S.
>>>
>>> AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED
>>> Full frame (FX) format, ultra-fast wide angle fixed focal length
>>> lens.http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020901nikon24mmf14.asp
>>> US $ 2199.95
>>> Euro 2149.00 - $2960.00 U.S.
>>> GBP 1949.99 - $3058.75 U.S.
>
>
> Euro/GBP prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) which varies between 15%
> and 25% according to country. US prices do not include taxes.
>


From: tony cooper on
On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:43:43 -0800, Savageduck
<savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:

>Abes of Maine is somewhat different, they will accept non-kit, or add
>on accessory orders, but they will always make a follow up
>"confirmation call." On that call they try to repeat their pitch for
>any number of overpriced third party, high profit margin items, you
>would never dream of buying. I have bought some items from them when
>they had the lowest price by a considerable margin over B&H or Adorama
>with some discounts. The routine has always been the same with them.
>...and when I don't add to the order there is a distinct air of
>disappointment on the part of the calling representative. They also
>fill your e-mail in-box with junk on a daily basis if you do not filter.

I purchased a camera from Abe's, and I did receive a "confirmation"
telephone call before shipment. It was a rather low-key pitch for
filters, but they didn't persist. I've never received an email from
them since. I feel slighted.


--
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida