Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: The Edge of Teeth and Erwin's prose
From: John Collier <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 14:16:58 -0700

A few little know retail facts:

A camera store makes more money on used cameras than on new ones.

Accessories, however, they make a killing on (UV filters, never leave a
store without them!)

There is a much higher margin of profit for manufacturers in off-warranty
repairs and parts sales than in new product sales.

All products are considered pieces of junk by their purchasers until the
warranty expires whereupon it becomes the best they have ever owned.

John Collier

> From: "Steve LeHuray" <>
>> Leica makes no money from
>> it's earlier products, so it is very much in their best interest to convince
>> Erwin (and through him, us) that the current products are an improvement.
>> And in the absence of Erwin's refutation, it is pretty clear that they are
>> not.
>> Douglas Cooper
> I disagree with your contention that Leica does not make any money from
> older products. I have five old Leicas, the newest from 1962. Leica makes
> money from the NEW lenses that I have bought and I have a NEW 28mm on order.
> Plus Leica makes money supplying spare parts for everybodies old Leicas.
> Also the Leica dealers can make a living by supplementing their revenue by
> recycling the old bodies and lenses. Also having these older M cameras has
> convinced me that someday I may upgrade to new M6's.
> And, having once been the proud owner of an XKE I agree with your choice of
> that car as an example.