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m4/3 prices on the rise ... urghh

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Armanius, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    A week or two ago, prices at B&H:

    Oly 14-150 $489
    Oly 9-18 $579
    Pany 20 $349
    Pany 14 $349
    Pany 14-140 $749
    Pan 45-200 $269

    Tonight:

    Oly 14-150 $519, including an advertised $80 instant off
    Oly 9-18 $599, including an advertised $100 instant off
    Pany 20 $379
    Pany 14 $379
    Pany 14-140 $769
    Pany 45-200 $299

    Adorama prices are all over the map too, but generally higher. I have my speculation as to why prices are increasing, but I'll refrain from commenting.
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Yes, I'm afraid it is the law of the markets - supply and demand.
     
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  3. arpoador

    arpoador SC Regular

    About a month ago I ordered a GH2 on the Panasonic EPP site (through facebook). Yesterday they announced that they will be shipping all "legitimate" orders by the end of this week.

    (Why did I post in this thread?)

    I was trying to figure out why I ordered it at $675, and it's now listed at $765 (body only). I finally figured it out: the EPP price is 15% of list, and the list price went up by about $100 in the interim. I hope (a) they deem my order legitimate, and (b) they honor the original price.
     
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  4. About 4 months ago I had an interesting chat with the importer of major 3-rd party lens brands into Australia. I was advised that prices are negotiated annually and generally set once a year and price changes are normally done around March-April. There are of course exceptions, e.g. where there a manufacturer cuts (or rises prices) due to a new competitior or some other industry change. Well the short story is that back in early December, he advised that there would be price rises in the US and countries that negotiate prices in USD due to the fall of the USD relative to most other currencies.

    What you are seeing now is this playing out into the market.

    There may also be a bit of price gouging due to shortages (or perceived shortages) out of Japan but much of the stuff we buy these days hasn't got much to do with Japan.
     
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Strangely, someone reported that Amazon prices on the 20/1.7 changed at least 2 yesterday! I ordered one for $340 in the morning. By the afternoon it was in the $360's. And reportedly it was in the $360's before it went down to $340. And a few days ago, it was in the $320's. Weird.