Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/03/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica in Japan was: Leica in Canada
From: Ken Iisaka <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 08:38:52 -0800

I've heard someone comment that Lemon was redistributing the cameras it
imported to other stores in violation of the contract with Solms, some
of which may have ended up at MapCamera, and other grey-market stores.

Lemon actually has been experiencing some difficulties recently: it was
found that a former employee embezzled the company in tune of $2 million
dollars in the past years...

Ken Iisaka
Still lost in Mill Valley in Marin County, California
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Claes Bjerner <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Leica in Japan was: Leica in Canada

> ----------
> >From: Mitch Alland <>
> >To: "leica-users" <>
> >Subject: [Leica] Re: Leica in Japan was: Leica in Canada
> >Date: ons 29 mar 2000 05.51
> >
> > Mikiro:
> >
> >>Many, including me, would not have bought Leica if
> >>it had not been for Lemon Co.  IMO, this event will be a big
> >>loss to Leica.
> >
> > Yes, they were a great Leica dealer. They had a much better
selection than
> > an "official" dealer a few blocks away in Ginza (near Yurakucho), a
> > that had "Gin" (silver) in its name, and whose prices were easily
> > higher. One could often find bargains buying Leica equipment in
Tokyo (at
> > Lemon) just after the yen fell against the dollar and before the yen
> > had been raised. But there are some other grey market dealers in
Tokyo that
> > I assume will still sell Leicas.
> >
> > --Mitch>
> Hopefully MAP Camera in Shinjuku will still offer grey market Leicas
> their exclusive Leica store named M7. Their prices are almost on par
> what Lemon offered.
> Claes