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In Reply to: RE: Can someone explain why brittish Speaker prices rose posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 06, 2017 at 10:11:09
A couple of observations:
1.The HL5 is no longer available and the current equivalent is the HL5 Plus. That change amy have resulted in a more costly speaker. Was that speaker you saw advertised just an HL5 or the new model?
2. Although the pound v. dollar is in the favour of the latter the price of goods in the UK is inflating because the cost of imported materials has increased for UK manufactures for the same reason. We ( I am British) will experience big inflation this year as the increases work through the retail chain.
3. Even taking he above into account the current pre-tax price for the HL5 Plus in the UK is 2623 gbp. Draw your own conclusions.
Every time I got to the UK it's a bank breaker! Between cabs, food and general expenses it's expensive to live there.
"Every time I got to the UK"
For many years, I've been reluctant to say "the last time I was in Switzerland, ..."
If you were to buy a pair of speakers here and take them back to the USA then, as you are not an EU citizen, you can reclaim the VAT when you leave.
However for day to day items VAT is indeed often charged. It isn't charged on travel or food (i.e. food ingredients). However you will pay it on restaurant meals.
Expensive? Well I had a cheeseburger and a cup of coffee in trendy Bermondsey Street a couple of weeks ago and that was only 30 gbp or about $37 :-). Depends where you eat of course. Outside of the trendy parts it gets a lot cheaper but, yes, it isn't a bargain country and London is very costly. How some people manage to live here I do not understand when housing is so eye wateringly expensive.
Cabs? Why use them? Public transport is excellent in most UK cities and most of the tourist sites in London's West End and City are really within walking distance of each other or at worst only need a quick hop on a bus (buy a pre-paid Oyster card). Black cabs are really the province of the business expense account. I have not used one since I retired. Minicabs are cheaper but have to be pre-booked.
Wonder if a British dealer would export a pair to the U.S. Loving my non consecutive serial number SCM40s v2 from Audio Affair. ;^)
" Wonder if a British dealer would export a pair to the U.S"
Officially probably not, as they would risk losing their Harbeth dealership for the the UK. However if the price differential is sufficient it could fund a nice little holiday over here in Blighty with a return to the USA with a pair of speakers (I have known someone to do this).
Did you ever resolve your non-consecutive serial number issue? I do remember this from last year or the year before either here or on another forum.
I did Peter. The nice folks at ATC said not to worry and Audio Affair refunded me $120 for the issue. Enjoying them as I type.
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