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02-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Why K5 price drop like a rock?

K5 only been on the market for 1 year. The online price dropped from $1599 to $879! Sad for us k5 owners.

02-12-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Any place you find it for $879 has got to be a scam dealer. Actual price right now from a reputable authorized dealer is $1199. I think the lowest "real price" it has been was CyberMonday price of $999.
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Just how things work in the world of electronics these days. Last March I bought a just released Sony LCD TV for the list price of $2999 - Today you can get if for $2094 at Amazon and even less other places.

My K-5 is worth every bit of the $1200 I paid for it last fall IMO, so no regrets for this K-5 owner.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
Any place you find it for $879 has got to be a scam dealer. Actual price right now from a reputable authorized dealer is $1199. I think the lowest "real price" it has been was CyberMonday price of $999.
True. There are always scamsters out there, the problem is that Google and the price tracking sites often make no distinction thereby misleading many.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kfz Quote
Sad for us k5 owners.
Why sad? Just means they sell more cameras and there are more k-5 owners. Early adopters always pay more for electronics, just the way it is. You would think, logically, that early adopters should get a discount, for taking the risk on a new product and getting the early units off the manufacturing line with usually more issues than later ones. But it doesn't work that way.
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They made enough of a profit on it at the original MSRP that dropping the price is not only affordable, but it will also get more people to buy the camera

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The value of something is not always what you can sell it for. I'm sure when I go to trade in my K20D, they'll offer me about $200 for it. But I've been using it for 4 years. Really, I'll be happy if they give me anything for it. And I just hope they'll sell it cheap to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kfz Quote
K5 only been on the market for 1 year. The online price dropped from $1599 to $879! Sad for us k5 owners.
Happy with mine, more people will buy one at lower price and I am not selling before any time soon.

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Hey even with that drop you mean to say my K-5 has only cost me $45/month (Actually in the UK the body only has gone from 999 to 695 so that's just 20/month since Nov 2010).
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Did it ever really sell for $1599? I think Nikon priced the D7000 at $1200 (which shocked most everybody) and Pentax followed-up with an immediate price reduction, but I could have my timeline messed up.

Pretty much every digital camera ever has followed this trajectory, too.
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The legitimate sellers (Amazon-- direct not through a reseller, BH, etc.) all seem to be selling the K-5 for about 1199. I call troll.
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If it drops some more I would be happy to get a back up body
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The value of something is not always what you can sell it for. I'm sure when I go to trade in my K20D, they'll offer me about $200 for it. But I've been using it for 4 years. Really, I'll be happy if they give me anything for it. And I just hope they'll sell it cheap to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have.
Good attitude, I feel pretty much the same way. I've even given away some of my older gear to aspiring photographers. Cameras are meant to be used not sitting on shelves
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I bought mine from AJ Richies (pretty good dealer IMO) for $879 (body only). They also have the lowest prices I can find for Pentax lenses, although not the best selection.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wtomlin76 Quote
I bought mine from AJ Richies (pretty good dealer IMO) for $879 (body only). They also have the lowest prices I can find for Pentax lenses, although not the best selection.
Lucky you, that seller has some really bad reviews that mostly focus on bait & switch and intense upsell problems.
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