Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/05/25

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Subject: [Leica] PESO: RG Lewis and Leica M frustrations
From: jkfyao at (Joseph Yao)
Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 20:28:13 +0800

Leica have been shipping sufficient quantities of the new M240.  They may
not have been sending them to their 'traditional' markets where their profit
margins are lower.  You will see plenty of M240 in, for example, Beijing and
Shanghai, where the going rate for one is US$12,000 to US$13,000.

A handful of limited production silver chrome MM have been made for the
Chinese market, and available at RMB 1,581,000 each, approx. US$258,280.


On 21/5/13 6:18 PM, "Nathan Wajsman" <photo at> wrote:

> I walked from my hotel to the Holborn Tube station this morning, and on the
> way, as is my habit, I stopped by RG Lewis on Southampton Row, one of 
> London's
> best-known Leica dealers. I have been coming in his shop for at least 10
> years, and usually we have a chat. This time he was telling about his woes
> with the new M 240. He has one in the shop, a demo. Since they were
> introduced, he has received and sold 7, all of which have been recalled for
> the lug issue. He was utterly frustrated about the fact that there simply 
> no
> new Leica product to sell--the M is vaporware, the ME also, the M9 is
> discontinued, so for anyone wanting to buy a new Leica M the options are 
> very
> limited. He told me of another dealer, in Mayfair, that is having cash flow
> problems--not having product to sell and paying Mayfair rents is a deadly
> combination.
> And to top it off, Leica is being extremely arrogant towards its dealers,
> basically telling them to just be happy they are Leica dealers and to shut 
> up.
> Conclusion: brilliant products, lousy customer relations and even worse
> communications skills.
> <>
> Cheers,
> Nathan
> Nathan Wajsman
> (sent from somewhere)
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