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Subject: Re: [Leica] OT: why the Leica price increase?
From: Bill Satterfield <>
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 08:15:36 -0600
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If  the price increase offends  you, then do not buy it. Maybe they 
under priced it to begin with to get the public to buy it.  How about 
the exchange rate? Doesn't that affect the USA price of foreign goods? :-)

Peace on earth and the LUG. wrote:

>I don't work for Leica, so I'm not sure why the prices are going up...but 
>many people have asked me about what I said.
>What I did say is that indeed on many Leica products, the prices are going up 
>Jan 1st. 
>While I don't have an answer as to why, I thought about it a little, and 
>these are some other things that went up this year that I also don't REALLY 
>know why they went up:
>1) NYC Real Estate Tax -- Up 18%! Biggest one year jump in history. 911? 
>2) stamps - up to 37c, Wasn't the PO braging about a surplus a year ago?
>3) gas- regional, but I hear that it went down in the rest of the country
>4) UPS - also raising their prices by 3-4% in Jan. = more expensive cameras 
>5) subway- I hear it will go up this year. Usually tolls go up around the 
>same time I notice.
>6) Luigi's leather cases- yep, he is raising the prices
>7) B&W development costs at a few local labs (not color though)
>8) Pizza !?!
>9) some types of memory chips - including CF memory in the past 3 weeks.
>10) some Hasselblad, Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Linhof and photo book prices...
>I'm sure you all have your own list based on your local economy, but it seems 
>that a lot of prices are going up this year...
>See you all at the Leica-corral! ;-)
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