Amazon lens prices


womble

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 16:05
At the risk of giving the doom-and-gloom merchants more grist for their mills, does anyone know why Amazon are offering such amazing discounts on Pentax lenses at the moment, as noted in the news? The FA31 Ltd was £764 yesterday (RRP £1,350, SRS £1,299), a saving of £586 although I note that today the price has gone up to £899, still a saving of £451.

Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Mike-P

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 16:17
Amazon are all over the place with their prices but I think it depends on where they source their stock from at the time. As they have warehouses all over Europe they can bring stock over from any of those countries to keep their prices low.

It's not just Pentax, I recently purchased a Canon 100-400mm MKII which was £1550, at the time that was a good £200 cheaper than other retailers and once you took off Canons £205 cashback it was into grey import prices. Now it is up to £1829, a few days ago it was over £1900.
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Algernon

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 16:22
Once in a Blue Moon Prices

Blue Moon tomorrow

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Algi

johnriley

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 16:39
Just enjoy it and buy whilst the prices are low?

The alternative to volatile prices is Resale Price Maintenance, where the price was the price, by law. That was abolished many years ago, but some companies took the attitude, "Whatever the rewards, we will never stoop to discounting!" So cutting prices was clearly immoral in their minds, although they didn't survive ultimately, so there must be a lesson in that somewhere.
Best regards, John
Last Edited by johnriley on 30/01/2018 - 16:44

womble

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 18:41
Well, I hope I am going to enjoy it... Fingers crossed they don't suddenly find out they have no stock.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Algernon

Link Posted 30/01/2018 - 20:01
They usually supply later when they get new stock if they run out.

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

womble

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 17:41
Well, I am glad to see it arrived. I wasn't impressed with the packaging, however, especially as it came from Italy, but the lens seems undamaged, thankfully.



bad box par Kris Lockyear, on ipernity
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website
Last Edited by womble on 02/02/2018 - 17:42

Mike-P

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 17:47
Amazon seem to have gone from one extreme to another with their packaging. My Sigma 150-600mm sport was packaged much the same and I ended up sending it back as I couldn't get a sharp picture from it. Replacement was also woefully packaged but was much better optically.

Enjoy the lens Kris
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Algernon

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 17:54
Amazon packaging is sorted by computer. It compares the box dimensions and chooses from about 15 boxes one that will fit You won't believe how big a box a walking stick or window blade comes in

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 02/02/2018 - 17:57

Aitch53

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 18:11
Algernon wrote:
Amazon packaging is sorted by computer. It compares the box dimensions and chooses from about 15 boxes one that will fit You won't believe how big a box a walking stick or window blade comes in

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Sometimes it's called 'Frustration-Free Packaging'



The item in the box is all of 6cm long.
SteveH!

Some people call me 'strange'.
I prefer 'unconventional'.
But I'm willing to compromise and accept 'eccentric'.

Algernon

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 18:18
Items are safer packed loose I remember a 'Tomorrows World' program on the BBC where they dropped items tightly wrapped in paper and loose in a cardboard box from the top of a 12 foot stepladder. A delicate china cup and an egg both smashed when wrapped (separate boxes), but survived loose The box might have had a 12mm polystyrene lining and was the same for both.


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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

HarisF1

Link Posted 02/02/2018 - 21:32
Algernon wrote:
Items are safer packed loose I remember a 'Tomorrows World' program on the BBC where they dropped items tightly wrapped in paper and loose in a cardboard box from the top of a 12 foot stepladder. A delicate china cup and an egg both smashed when wrapped (separate boxes), but survived loose The box might have had a 12mm polystyrene lining and was the same for both.


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It's all about reducing the rate of change of momentum for the item inside

I always package my stuff with something to absorb impacts, even if it is a single layer of bubblewrap. It makes a huge difference.
Last Edited by HarisF1 on 02/02/2018 - 21:33
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