So where do I buy new camera gear from?
Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:07 AM
Living in the UK I thought I'd see if I much my current Sea & Sea DX-D50 housing would cost if I tried to buy it from overseas:
In the UK this housing is listed at £1199
In the US I've seen it listed at 1495 dollars = £830
From Japan it can be ordered for 152800 Yen = £708
That looks quite a saving to me. Obviously there are shipping costs but these should be small for this value of item (approx £25 from Japan). Then there is the dreaded issue of whether you get caught for import tax!
I had never really thought about buying from somewhere like the US or Japan before but for a new housing perhaps it makes sense. Would anyone else like to add anything from their experience?
Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:21 AM
Posted 21 November 2006 - 11:25 AM
So far, no troubles, except when I brought a car back from the US, but that's another story.
Canon 350D, Ike Housing, dual DS-125, 10-17mm FE, 60mm macro.
Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:11 PM
we purchased the sea and sea D350 however, Alan James did have an offer on shortly after we imported ours they usually retail the housing at 1199 but were offering it for nearer to £800 for a few weeks around about the time of the dive show - must be worth an email to see if they are currently doing any offers.
Edited by stewsmith, 21 November 2006 - 12:15 PM.
Canon 350D - Sea and Sea housed - 60mm - 10-17mm - twin YS90's ( currently lent to Louise )
Sony PC1000 Video - Ikelite housed - twin Nocturnal slx 800i lights
Posted 21 November 2006 - 10:07 PM
Just a thought...
Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:21 PM
I also value Steve at Ocean Optics grinning evilly whenever I see him, because a transfer of money is likely to follow. It's almost worth the expense!
Posted 24 November 2006 - 08:19 PM
I would like to ask Peter Mooney how I am able to buy a S&S sync cord for $86usd and be quoted $246aud for the same item? Why would I support 'local' distributors when they are obviously NOT looking after their 'local' customers??
Just a thought...
What a great question.
The pricing disparity usually comes as result of the distribution channels in place for a particular product / brand.
In Australia ( my home market ) the brand you mention is significantly more expensive ( on average about 20 % ) than other markets ( US & Japan ) - this is a result of the additional product markup by the local distributor ( not me ) and the inclusion of local taxes being included in the end price.
The USD price you mention is significantly lower than the recomended for this product in the US. ( MSRP $110.00 ).
Trust this helps.
Posted 25 November 2006 - 07:10 AM
I KNOW that I could probably buy most of the kit I own from somewhere cheaper i.e. abroad or Internet .....
BUT if we all did that then where would we go for our local assistance/support.
For instance, all my camera equipment has been purchased from Alan James in Bristol (my local u/w specialist). Both before & after I bought, I spent literally hours with Alan or his partner Heather obtaining advice, guidance , assistance and tips; all of which has helped me a lot with my enjoyment of u/w photography. Now I am quite sure that, had I have researched t'internet, I could have got my equipment for less somewhere else in the world - but if we all did so I'm sure that most independant retailers would go out of business.
The same applies to dive kit, my local dive shop owner was telling me about a lady who came into his shop, told him she was interested in going diving, spent over 2 hours getting advice, assistance & trying kit on, only to leave after saying she would return to buy all she needed. One month later, he was assisting at a student trainig session when same lady arrives, fully kitted out (as per his recommendations) and she tells him 'I got it all by shopping on thr internet, you are too dear'. I just wonder where she will be going to get her air fills in the future - if all the dive shops go out of business due to 'undercutting'/
Just my £0.02 worth.........
Posted 25 November 2006 - 09:48 AM
I actually find it quite frustrating to see 20-30% price differences between the US and Canada for no apparent reason. If it is really the local distributor that adds a generous markup then perhaps if enough potential customers start shopping across the border they will come to their senses. Personally I think it is the manufacturer that sets significantly different minimum sales prices for different countries, not based on what it costs to sell in that country but what they think they can get away with. Again, cross border shopping may put on pressure to change that behaviour. That will not only be good for the buyer, but also for the local store who can then more fairly compete based on the extra service they provide.
Sea&Sea 110a, iTorch, GoPro3 BE
Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:25 AM
have you just a guy that have no idea about anything and just sell the housings and gear and any question that you have must be send to the manufacturer so buy in Japan Hong kong .. or elsewere
I am living in Sweden and there is no one that have the support and service that i need.
Just Sea & sea have a good dealer .
Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:21 PM
Canon 7d, Nauticam, Lots of glass, Olympus OMD-EM5, Nauticam, 60 macro, 45 macro, 8 mm fisheye, Inon, S&S, Athena Strobes plus lots of fiddly bits.