Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/23

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Black Hole? Now grey market
From: "Austin Franklin" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 16:44:00 -0400

> The distributor buys product from Leica AG and profit from the
> sale of that
> item is used to pay for a number of expensive services we benefit
> from.

Is there a difference in price the manufacturer charges for the same product
between gray market and "official channels"?  I do not believe there is.  If
that is the case, why doesn't EVERY item from the manufacturer come with the
manufacturers warranty (and I believe it does)?

Also, it sounds to me that if there isn't a difference in price charged,
that the manufacturer makes MORE money from the gray market item, since you
claimed that they don't have to provide warranty service for them (which I
do not believe BTW).