Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/02/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R and M 6 Prices
From: Mark Kronquist <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 17:26:36 -0600

on a conference call back in March Leica made reference to at one time
having had 24 months worth of R8 bodies on hand but they were working
through the inventory now we know how...

> From: "B. D. Colen" <>
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> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 19:55:28 -0500
> To: <>
> Subject: RE: [Leica] R and M 6 Prices
> A more intriguing question might be why has Leica been dumping R8 bodies in
> Europe by unsealing the boxes on brand new stock and offering them cheap to
> dealers as 'ex demo'? Does this suggest where it's getting the extra
> manufacturing capacity from to run M7 and M6TTL lines together?
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> I believe that it suggests, with all due respect to those who love the R8,
> that no one is buying the damn things. Look at Leica's financials and you'll
> see that R revenues have been declining for some time now. So they've
> figured out a clever way to lower the price without lowering the price.
> B. D.
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