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Thread: UK vs US Lens Prices
04-18-2007, 01:43 AM #1
UK vs US Lens Prices
So I'm just browsing lenses really, not looking for anything seriously, but I'm comparing prices between the UK and the US...
For example, Nikon 20mm f/2.8D:
US Price (B&H Photo) $449.95
UK Price (Bristol Cameras) £499.00
With the current exchange rate, the price here is more than DOUBLE the US price.
Time to start order from the US I think - even with shipping and taxes it would still work out cheaper.
Just ranting really.
04-18-2007, 02:42 AM #2
True, I guess it boils down to marketing...
Thee problem you migth have will be wiht warranty... most "say" that they have a world wide warranty, but when you look into it... they often have 2 or 3 areas... USA, possibly Japan and rest of the world... So pray that the lens works and you have no need to warranty it.
Also, when shopping for a lens, just ask if you can get a discount.. smaller firms often will work out a deal... Eg. I bought my Pentax K10d and Sigma 24-70/2.8 Macro EX from a local shop... the quoted price was ~1700 Eur. After same talking with the owner, I got the lens+body plus protector for the lens (Hoya digi-Pro or somehting like that 82mm) and Extreme III 1Gb card... all for ~1400 Eur, which in fact worked out to be cheaper than anywhere I could find in Yurp.Originally Posted by RootSkier
04-18-2007, 03:24 AM #3
Sure - both valid points; I know with some negotiation I'm sure I could get the price down a bit at a local dealer, although unlikely 30-40%. I've already got body etc, so don't need much in the way of accessories.
Likewise with warranty, I appreciate there may be issues with products bought overseas, but at those prices, worst comes to the worst, I could buy a second lens and not actually be much (any) worse off than if I'd bought in the UK in the first place.
I'm just ranting about "rip off Britain" again - not sure how the rest of Europe compares, but it just seems ridiculous that we should be expected to pay twice as much for the same thing.
04-18-2007, 03:54 AM #4Originally Posted by RootSkier
04-19-2007, 09:10 AM #5
well...you guys pay about 60% of US retail prices on ski gear so I guess it all works out."It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
- A. Solzhenitsyn
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