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Apr 12, 2013 18:00 |  #1

Not so much of a constructive post perhaps, but still, something that struck me just now:

Pricing in different regions vary, sometimes to the extreme. I've been looking to get a new body, the 6D and this is what I found:

Malta: $2500 (where I live atm)
Import from UK: $2400+shipping
Import from US: $1700+shipping

Now, I understand import costs, tax etc, but to see such a massive difference is rather impressive. So.... do we think this will change in the future, or will price always differ this badly?


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Apr 12, 2013 18:07 |  #2

I think it's also the demand/supply in the respective country that makes the price differ so drastically




  
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Apr 12, 2013 18:19 |  #3

I wonder about that also. And it's not just Canon, but also Apple. Numbers for their products are the same, but it makes quite a bit of difference whether these numbers are US dollars or Euros. And it's even worse now, as an iMac or an iPhone e.g. is more expensive in Euros than in US dollars! It makes no sense and is very unfair to us here in Europe.


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Apr 12, 2013 18:43 |  #4

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #15821450 (external link)
I wonder about that also. And it's not just Canon, but also Apple. Numbers for their products are the same, but it makes quite a bit of difference whether these numbers are US dollars or Euros. And it's even worse now, as an iMac or an iPhone e.g. is more expensive in Euros than in US dollars! It makes no sense and is very unfair to us here in Europe.

Does that price in include VAT? If so, that would explain a big part of it. But basically, as long as people are willing to pay it, the price will be what it is. If people won't pay it, then it will probably come down.


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Apr 12, 2013 20:04 |  #5

Here in Thailand the 6D is $1600 at internet stores and $2000 at the chain stores. A 5DII also costs more than a 6D here.




  
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Apr 12, 2013 20:19 |  #6

archer1960 wrote in post #15821508 (external link)
Does that price in include VAT? If so, that would explain a big part of it.

It does, but even then there remains too big a price difference...


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Apr 12, 2013 20:31 |  #7

This issue exists in many products. Anyone here who has gone to college knows that international editions of text books are often much cheaper than the US editions. In that case, there is a lot of legal, and IP issues that add to the cost. With cameras, I'm not sure why. Not to mention, it's opposite of the example I used. It could be that it's not coming directly from Canon and some reseller(s) is/are marking it up in order to get their profit off of it when they handle it. They could be charging industrial mark up on stuff.


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Apr 12, 2013 21:28 |  #8

i work in the tech industry, its economies of scale.

for example, US and Canada have similar demographics and spending patterns, yet the goods cost more in Canada due to lower population density (lower sales vol). thus, the cost to transport goods become higher. US has high population, thus cost less to transport, store and sell.

vol usually lowers the unit price. thus countries with high populations will tend to have cheaper consumer goods.


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Apr 12, 2013 21:47 |  #9

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #15821832 (external link)
It does, but even then there remains too big a price difference...

The US online prices will soon include state sales tax (which are now paid when buying in a physical location). This adds another 6-8% on average.


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Apr 13, 2013 12:35 |  #10

Swerbia wrote in post #15821408 (external link)
Not so much of a constructive post perhaps, but still, something that struck me just now:

Pricing in different regions vary, sometimes to the extreme. I've been looking to get a new body, the 6D and this is what I found:

Malta: $2500 (where I live atm)
Import from UK: $2400+shipping
Import from US: $1700+shipping

Now, I understand import costs, tax etc, but to see such a massive difference is rather impressive. So.... do we think this will change in the future, or will price always differ this badly?

prices for cameras always seem cheaper in the US. I don't know if it's due to taxes, currency exchange, marketing, or what but good for some ;)




  
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Apr 13, 2013 13:33 |  #11

Here in Russia, you can buy a new 1DX from a reputable store for $6000, given the current exchange rate, or how about a brand new 5D3 for $2800? Oh, and the new 24-70 2.8 II costs $2000 straight... All tax free, mind you. (no such thing as sales tax here)

Oddly enough, up until a few years ago, cameras used to be more expensive here...


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Apr 13, 2013 13:39 |  #12

There are a lot of things that go into individual market pricing. I have no idea how Canon pricing specifically works, but in the industry I work in, there's a big reason for us choosing certain countries for manufacturing, and that's primarily because of how it effects the margins of our distributors (happy distributor equals happy manufacturer). Even then, some countries benefit from the decisions we make as a manufacturer, while others sometimes suffer. It could just be that Malta is getting the short end of the stick for whatever reason.


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Apr 13, 2013 13:48 |  #13

Don't forget the price folks pay in UK, including VAT does go back to them in form of Medical insurance, social services etc. Talk of any one in USA about his medical bills and plans and you know why. As for Malta, I am not sure but from many developing countries I know that a few ruling families need to build more and bigger castles or fill their Swiss bank accounts to greater extend...


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Apr 13, 2013 16:54 |  #14

imjason wrote in post #15822022 (external link)
i work in the tech industry, its economies of scale.

for example, US and Canada have similar demographics and spending patterns, yet the goods cost more in Canada due to lower population density (lower sales vol). thus, the cost to transport goods become higher. US has high population, thus cost less to transport, store and sell.

vol usually lowers the unit price. thus countries with high populations will tend to have cheaper consumer goods.

But most of Canada's population lives pretty close to heavily populated regions of the US, yet they still pay more than someone in an isolated part of the US.




  
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Apr 13, 2013 20:34 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #15

Those Canadians are so lucky to be living in the Great White North (or so they tell me) that this little bit of extra is just a wee bit of compensation.




  
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