Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/02/20

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Subject: [Leica] Re: What recession?
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Fri Feb 20 09:06:12 2009
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Unfortunately for us, the pawnshop owners use the same pricing guides that 
are available to the rest of us.  I have not seen any real bargains appear, 
in spite of the pressing needs of their customers for quick cash.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philip Leeson" <>
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: What recession?

>I think it's unlikely any segment of consumer will be spared from  these 
>current economic events.
> Even those with money will likely wait on purchases, anticipating  lower 
> future pricing.
> And the worldwide scope of the decline is unprecedented in my lifetime.
> So, maybe look at some gear, but I'd be looking at the pawnshops.
> Phil
> On Feb 20, 2009, at 9:58 AM, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
>> Complaining about high Leica lens prices? Don't be a cheapskate.
>> Because of an inflated former job title, I am on the mailing list of  a 
>> magazine "Showboats International." This glossy rag features  luxury 
>> yachts costing upwards of $1,000,000. The pages are replete  with 100 ft. 
>> plus boats, featuring interiors that would put  Westminster Castle to 
>> shame. Tucked amongst the ads for Rolex  watches and executive jets is 
>> one from an Italian pen maker,  Tibaldi. Partnering with Riva, an Italian 
>> classy runabout maker,  Tibaldi offers an inlayed wood ball point pen for 
>> a mere $3000. Come  on now. It's a ball point pen that probably doesn't 
>> write any better  than a Bic.
>> One of the articles is an interview with a yacht owner, an aged man 
>> sporting a nubile young female companion far too young to be his 
>> daughter. Dangling from his shoulder, like a piece of jewelry, is a 
>> Leica IIIf. The text of the article suggests that his hobby, in  addition 
>> to clipping coupons, is adorning his floating palace with  functional 
>> antiques - the best products from each era. The  centerpiece is a 
>> collection of old Leica cameras.
>> Obviously luxury yachting is one segment of the economy that the  world 
>> recession hasn't impacted. Boatyards specializing in  construction of 
>> yachts for the super rich are backed up for years.  Although a few have 
>> been caught, most of the Bernie Madoffs of the  world are alive and 
>> living on their floating pleasure domes off the  Cote d' Or.
>> So spring for that new 18 mm lens. Keep Dr. Kaufmann on his yacht.
>> Larry Z
>> P.S. I'm bitter because, as of this morning, my investment portfolio  has 
>> lost 50% of its former value.
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Replies: Reply from s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov) ([Leica] Re: What recession?)
In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Re: What recession?)
Message from pjleeson at (Philip Leeson) ([Leica] Re: What recession?)