Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Warranty & New vs. Used
From: "Frank Filippone" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 14:42:19 -0700

Adding fuel to the fire.....

The cost of a 35 f1.4 ASPH lens is..... $2500 USA and $1800 Gray market.
They BOTH have to be imported.  Duty difference is NOT $700.  Even taking
into account the $200 rebate, this is price gouging.

The cost of a M6 is $2000 US and $1600 Gray......  When you get the rebate
thrown in, the price difference is only $200.

Wonder why gray market exists?  More profit in the gray stuff than in the
real USA import...

We get badly gouged without excuse on some items, other items are just plain
priced to gouge with an excuse.

The common link is gouged.

Frank Filippone