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In Reply to: RE: Can someone explain why brittish Speaker prices rose posted by email@example.com on April 06, 2017 at 10:11:09
A speaker like the the Harbeth 30.1 is very reasonably priced-in Britain.
In America it costs $5600. In England they are about $3300. This has very little to do with currency rates, shipping or duties. Or Harbeth. Prices are set by the US distributor based on what he thinks he can get. If someone feels comfortable with that here, then they buy the speakers. Personally, I don't.
(Check out Accuphase Japan vs US prices. Unbelievable!)
Could not agree more. Accuphase in Japan is affordable. The distributor for Accuphase USA (Axiss Audio) is just plain greedy. I purchased an integrated unit 100 volt for less than half the price of an American 120 volt unit. It's a global economy.....start using it for your own benefit. Have your Harbeth's shipped from England. The British Pound is trading at an all time low against the dollar.....take advantage of the exchange rate.
It's called: Disruptive Economy. Jeff Bezos is a prime example.
Consumers need to find an edge too!
Sometimes that works. But sometimes it doesn't. Some companies will not honor warranties or offer support when purchases are made as you suggest.
Your are right. Accuphase USA Axiss will not touch an imported model.
I would not be concerned about a speaker so much as electronic piece of
equipment. There are always work arounds to servicing equipment.
'There are always work arounds to servicing equipment.'
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. If the company will not provide schematics or parts sometimes a piece cannot be serviced.
I do not disagree with the assertion that some importers do some price gouging especially with something that is well known and regarded. And sometimes one can go to the home country purchase and export saving themselves some money. Most of the time the pricing is correct and potential buyers that complain about the higher price in their country are simply being cheap looking for a deal they do not deserve.
One should always confirm that the maker of the gear is happy with this sort of arrangement will honor warranties and provide continuing support. If not then one is better off buying something else or paying the premium to get if from an authorized source.
Nothing unusual or nefarious about the pricing.
Products are always less inexpensive in their home country. Look at what Magnepans or ARC cost in the UK/Europe. Ridiculous!
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