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09-11-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
Where is that? The 7D sells in the grey market here in RP for an equivalent of $1200... while the K-5/c still sells for a ridiculous $1,230 =))

I hate it when one's country has only a sole distributor of a product... freakin' monopoly keeping Pentax from becoming a major brand here...
Especially as Pentax is the one brand that can avoid Philippine import duty (bodies, at least).

09-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #17
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The Pentax K-5 ii is listed on bhphotovideo.com for $1,299.00, see link. Opinions? Will it go down soon?

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I see 1199....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
I guess all those that were holding out are finding last-stock K5 bodies while they still can...
Wow, that mean prices may actually rise, good news for my soon to be 2nd hand K-5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
Especially as Pentax is the one brand that can avoid Philippine import duty (bodies, at least).
Ah, how I wish. But based from how much they stack on top of the US prices, it can only lead us to think import duties still apply... woe to us here

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I see 1199....
Read the tread, Adam mentioned to them that the MSRP was $1199, so they changed it.
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Ah, how I wish. But based from how much they stack on top of the US prices, it can only lead us to think import duties still apply... woe to us here
The bodies are made in Mactan, Cebu. As locally-made products, they should not have any import duty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
The bodies are made in Mactan, Cebu. As locally-made products, they should not have any import duty.
I'm aware of that - so how come they still sell here for $1,250, body-only (and that's the cheapest offer!) =)) Ah, oh well. I'm guessing the K-5 II will arrive here at $1,300 equivalent.. and the IIs for $1,400 equivalent...

I'll read up on local import laws now.. but as far as price convenience is concerned, I'd rather get a new body from your place, HK, or Singapore.
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Per my understanding from my officemate, they ship it somewhere else before selling it to PH. They don't sell it here after making them.

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Per my understanding from my officemate, they ship it somewhere else before selling it to PH. They don't sell it here after making them.
Interesting.

It seems that they are ignoring a fairly obvious advantage though...
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I have to agree wit Semenelin. Most likely all shipments go to Japan first before "everywhere else in the world". The plant itself in Cebu can be considered an "extension" of the Pentax offices in Japan. Else, DA*s should be somewhat cheaper in Vietnam, right?
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