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09-04-2009, 06:15 AM   #31
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Emailed Kennedy's on a price match(As is there policy) and they said yes.That is saving AU$800 off Mechan1k sigma's price.Find a price email to kennedy and if in stock (As I am waiting)money to be saved


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Bargaining to that degree means that they're shamelessly ripping off people who just accept prices at face value. I have no idea why they should have their listed prices so high in the first place...
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How about $150US on the marketplace for a FA50 /1.4?

How about 1K for a brand new 55mm DA* from the US?

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I know this has been raised recently, I would just like to add my experience today.
Went in to pick up my Sigma 70-200 from warranty repair, and decided to ask the price of FA 50 1.4 and was shocked to be told $699 ozzy dollars, I then decided to ask for the price on the New DA*55mm from Pentax and was told (after him mentioning it's a good lens) was only $1800. The only sound I remember after that was my head hitting the floor during my sudden faint.
Now Please, I know that I can probably purchase these at a slightly cheaper price online,
but I just can't remember the FA50 being so pricey, I am sure when I bought my K20D, this lens was under $300 ozzy.
Why can't Pentax bring out a 50mm 1.8 to match Canon and Nikon?
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I just read the entire thread, do you blokes from australia not check the marketplace here??????????? I mean buying from B+H or used on the marketplace is essentially the same thing warranty wise and you can pick up a 12-24DA for under $800AUD shipped.

I have a K100D and the two kit lenses going for under $400US and cannot find a buyer, you essentially get a free camera and kit lens considering the 50-200 is about that price in OZ!!

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Living off from the entire world seems a excuse for Australian supplier to say what the heck markup 100% for starters .B&H and a few other make it possible to save big time.I just hope(To say the least) that Aussie seller dont screw themselves out of business.Just to charge a reasonable price


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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
I just read the entire thread, do you blokes from australia not check the marketplace here??????????? I mean buying from B+H or used on the marketplace is essentially the same thing warranty wise and you can pick up a 12-24DA for under $800AUD shipped.

I have a K100D and the two kit lenses going for under $400US and cannot find a buyer, you essentially get a free camera and kit lens considering the 50-200 is about that price in OZ!!
I have been advocating o/seas buyers to check the forum marketplace first all the time...
That's how I got quite a lot of my gear, and I can certainly vouch for it.
Problem arises when you want a lens/accessory sooner rather than later and just don't know when it'll appear on the marketplace. So it's off to eBay, and if no love there, B&H.

As much as I love B&H, I'll always go for a marketplace sale if it's something I'm after...
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Ripped off for more than just camera gear

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Bottom line,we get ripped off in this country compared to places like the US.Taff,what can we do about it?
It's not just camera gear that we get ripped off for over here. It's the same for cycling clothing and parts. Someone's making a killing, but the retailers say that it's not them.

Apologies for veering O/T
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Specialist equipment in any field always commands a significantly higher price.

It's when there are major discrepancies between places for the same gear that one starts to wonder why...

Should be no middle man (other than the postie) that takes a cut from the profits made at the consumer's end, so markups are set and exploited by the vendor...

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Yeah even something like laptops you're better off buying from Best Buy in the US and just buying the transformer/power cable in oz. you save 40%+.

I double dare ya's to look at the price of a Porsche Boxster, it's about 50K CDN ........ or $58K Australian .....
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In regards to lenses and camera gear in AU, I have to wonder if the retailers get their stock from wholesalers (i guess this has to be CR Kennedy) at an already expensive price compared to other countries. Meaning that to make a profit they are forced to market it extremely high?

Don't know if theres truth behind that, is just a thought.
As someone new into the world of DSLRs etc its frustrating too. In most cases I would rather buy from and support someone local, but when there are hundreds of $$ difference I just cant do it. Its the difference between affording to get a new lens and not being able to...

Don't even want to think about cars at this stage :P
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My suspicion is that wholesalers and retailers will sell at a competitive price if they could but manufacturers are charging a premium to configure things for our power plugs and for shipping.

With the net though, one of two things willhappen. The government will be lobbied to charge GST and imortation duties on all items (likethe do in CDA) or prices will have to come downbecause frankly, $400 or whatever it is for a 50-200 is absurd.

So i checked out Boxsters ... 110K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bloody hell.
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The price hikes only hurt the retail sector in the end anyway. How many consumers will be buying high-end gear lens, let alone locally? Most who even want this kind of a lens know a little bit about the value of the lens and would scoff at the thought of buying it for >$2,000.
So how many will actually buy this lens locally?
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The price hikes only hurt the retail sector in the end anyway. How many consumers will be buying high-end gear lens, let alone locally? Most who even want this kind of a lens know a little bit about the value of the lens and would scoff at the thought of buying it for >$2,000.
So how many will actually buy this lens locally?
I'm currently considering a 50-135 to round off my lens at present, B&H retails for $800US, localy I'm looking at nearly $1700AUD, it's a no brainer where you'd source it from providing warranties are honoured. Also hope customs don't interecpt and charge me GST/taxes on top though. Just gonna consider it more for a while.
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Should be OK at the current exchange rates jenko.
I just bought a Sigma 70-200 from B&H a few days ago at the same price as the 50-135, and there were no customs charged laid on.
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Well ... after exchange rates ... the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 is $785AUD (no shipping though) ... that's about half what it costs out here in shops.

If I had the $$$$ I'd get it.
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