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Dec 22, 2008 22:59 |  #1

Well I was looking at the 24-70 2.8 (BRICK) on B&H and it's $949. I checked kakaku.com (Reasonable Japanese site) and its 150,800Y. I'm just estimating, but that is near $2000 USD! Why would a Japanese product be that much more expensive in Japan? Even when the exchange rate was better, it was still more expensive :(. Any particular reason? What are your thoughts?

I'm guessing because photography maybe more popular here vs America? I don't know...Thoughts?


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Dec 22, 2008 23:03 |  #2

Some sort of VAT maybe? Seems strange to me too.


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Dec 22, 2008 23:49 as a reply to  @ BrandonSi's post |  #3

They're selling the 5D Mark II for $2,921, or about 10% more than here in the States. Sounds reasonable. The 24-70 is selling for $1,671, which is about 60% more. Strange indeed.




  
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Dec 22, 2008 23:52 as a reply to  @ chris d's post |  #4

Isn't canon a japanese company? 10% higher I can understand, but 60%? Thats definitely an artificial increase.


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Dec 22, 2008 23:59 as a reply to  @ FOX2PRO's post |  #5

Exactly. However, I have to believe they know what they're doing. Charge what the market will bear. They've been at it for some time.




  
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Dec 23, 2008 00:03 |  #6

True. Maybe Japanese consumers are used to paying more. Still sucks for them.


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Dec 23, 2008 00:58 as a reply to  @ FOX2PRO's post |  #7

Americans should consider themselves lucky when it comes to photography equipment. Pretty much everything is cheaper there.

The EF-S 18-55 IS, 55-250 IS & 50mm 1.8 are made in Malaysia, yet the street price of these lens is the same in the US as it is in Malaysia.

Considering the shipping cost and the margin made by the shops (cost of life and salaries are much higher in the US than in Malaysia by a factor of 3-4), it should be higher, but no, it's still as cheap as it gets.

I'm in the market for a flash right now and the 430EX is sold USD 315 here, but one can get it as low as USD 200 on Adorama.

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Dec 23, 2008 01:03 as a reply to  @ FOX2PRO's post |  #8

That is normal... just like items in china are more expensive then here even though they are made there.

Its due to the country giving tax rebates to the manufacturer so if you do keep the product in the same country and there is a huge price hike.

I have a factory in China and i delat with the same thing when i tried to sell my products locally.

I hope this clears things up a little.


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Dec 23, 2008 01:17 |  #9

I would imagine that the one of Canon's goals is to maximize foreign revenue. Perhaps US prices are based on price elasticity so as to achieve that goal.


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Dec 23, 2008 03:52 |  #10

I find that prices are very much country dependent. Most expensive in Europe :cry:


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Dec 23, 2008 07:37 |  #11

Noticed the $949 was for a used one at B&H.
Still, lenses in USA are cheaper. At Yodobashi, after discount of 10%, the price is 196,000 yen. Yen today about 90/US$. At B&H new, I think it was $1129.00. All the lenses I have except the 50mm f/1.4 were bought from B&H, shipped to Japan Fedex. Even with shipping and tax/duties, cheaper. Perhaps Japan is a smaller market for the high end cameras and glass.
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Dec 24, 2008 01:16 |  #12

Everyone seems to have some really good points. I'm really leaning towards the tax rebate idea...
Or maybe prices are jacked up because in the stores, they have nearly EVERY lens, and one on display as a "demo"....maybe making up for the cost of that demo? ;)

Oh well...I guess I will save my money for another time then.

John I can't believe through shipping and all that, it was still cheaper! That is amazing.


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Dec 24, 2008 02:04 |  #13

Move to Ireland. :) It's awful here. E2400 for a 70-200 2.8 IS???




  
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Dec 24, 2008 07:09 |  #14

Psychobiker wrote in post #6937265 (external link)
Move to Ireland. :) It's awful here. E2400 for a 70-200 2.8 IS???

Yea but dude Euro is strong, sterling is weak, and shipping from the UK is cheap. So I found you one for € 1275.26

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Dec 24, 2008 08:01 |  #15

Livinthalife wrote in post #6930655 (external link)
Well I was looking at the 24-70 2.8 (BRICK) on B&H and it's $949. I checked kakaku.com (Reasonable Japanese site) and its 150,800Y. I'm just estimating, but that is near $2000 USD! Why would a Japanese product be that much more expensive in Japan? Even when the exchange rate was better, it was still more expensive :(. Any particular reason? What are your thoughts?

I'm guessing because photography maybe more popular here vs America? I don't know...Thoughts?


It's called dumping.


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