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07-13-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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Pentax K-30 is finally available in HK... at $1,410 for the 18-135 kit!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Pentax's dealer in HK are a bunch of numpties.

It's far cheaper to buy from B&H or Amazon and FedEx it over than to buy locally... so guess how poor their sales are?

The K-30 with 18-135WR is a killer combo. One which, when priced correctly, should be putting Pentax back on the map. Instead their dealer gives out an RRP of $1,410 (I spoke to them), the major stores price it at full RRP and, between dealer and store, kill the product before it's even had a chance.

Add to that that the major electronics retailers don't even have stock in their flagship stores, let alone their normal-sized ones. To get one, you have to know what you're looking for, ask for it, be prepared to pay over the odds, place a request for a special delivery to the store, and then wait a day or two for it to arrive.

Nice one. Genius sales strategy. They're going to fly off the shelves.

Even the 18-135 is US$575 here, vs $460 in the US.

Crazy.

07-13-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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at amazon US the k-30 Black, with 18-135mm Lens is $1,199.95 almost a $200 difference
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at amazon US the k-30 Black, with 18-135mm Lens is $1,199.95 almost a $200 difference
Precisely.

It's $1,199.95 at Amazon. It's $1,199.95 at B&H. It's $1,199.95 at Adorama.

But in Hong Kong you're supposed to be happy with doing the financial equivalent of buying the kit and then setting two Benjamins on fire.

If anyone at their local dealer used their brain, they would have priced it at the equivalent of US$1,199.95 and then maybe they'd actually sell some units.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
Precisely.


But in Hong Kong you're supposed to be happy with doing the financial equivalent of buying the kit and then setting two Benjamins on fire.
Sorry, not a funny topic, but this comment...lmfao funny.


yeah, quite a strategy they have going on.

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In hk, the nikons and canons go for cheap though... perhaps its better to look at those. afterall, $$$ counts.
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People in HK got money... so what's the big deal about a mere US$200?
07-13-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
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UK price for black K-30 18-135 kit seems to be £929, =~ $1444 US.
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Wow, I can't believe that in my country (Czech Republic) something is actually cheaper than in the rest of the world. I have K-30 18-135WR kit pre-ordered (arriving early next week) for $1103 US. Body alone is worth $758 US. Looks like a good deal overall.

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In hk, the nikons and canons go for cheap though... perhaps its better to look at those. afterall, $$$ counts.
Very true. Canon and Nikon prices in HK are good. The D700 has been under US$2K for a couple of years. I picked up a Canon superzoom for about 30% less than amazon 3 years ago.


QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
People in HK got money... so what's the big deal about a mere US$200?
Why throw it away?


QuoteOriginally posted by Moo Quote
UK price for black K-30 18-135 kit seems to be £929, =~ $1444 US.
But the UK price includes 20% VAT. HK has no import or sales taxes for electronics.

Take the VAT away, and you end up at the US price of $1,200.


QuoteOriginally posted by PaoloG Quote
Wow, I can't believe that in my country (Czech Republic) something is actually cheaper than in the rest of the world. I have K-30 18-135WR kit pre-ordered (arriving early next week) for $1103 US. Body alone is worth $758 US. Looks like a good deal overall.
Wow. If that price is also including the 20% Czech VAT then the real price that the dealer is receiving is US$919!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
Wow. If that price is also including the 20% Czech VAT then the real price that the dealer is receiving is US$919!
Yes, it includes 20% VAT
Here's the link: Fototechnika | D-SLR K-5 / K-30 + sety | Pentax K-30 BLACK + DA 18-135mm ED IF DC WR | Foto Málek
1 USD = 20,8 CZK
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