Pentax K-3 Mark III now available to pre-order!


RobL

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 12:32
Are we not getting too bogged down with this? If you don’t want to pay the U.K. price then either take your partner for a weekend in New York or Paris (when you can) and pop into the Pentax shop there, or wait for the Black Friday deals later in the year.
Last Edited by RobL on 04/04/2021 - 12:33

AlB

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 13:45
Dan, there are no import duties/excise duties on cameras imported from the EU

Tyr

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 17:00
SRS still have my business though. Much easier for warranty, support, etc. Although if they can get them a little cheaper we wouldn't complain.
Regards,
Dan

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Lubbyman

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 19:30
Anyone like to try doing a part exchange with a non-UK supplier?

Steve

Tyr

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 20:32
Lubbyman wrote:
Anyone like to try doing a part exchange with a non-UK supplier?

Steve



That's a nope from me!
Regards,
Dan

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wooly1

Link Posted 04/04/2021 - 21:15
Hi, Also with SRS you get money back points which are worth a far old bit, I am also puzzled why the thinking is that there is no import duty on goods from the EU, as a third party country there certainly should be? I've imported from all over the world and expect to pay the duty and on expensive items it soon begins to add up. Plus Photospecialist do not have any stock listed.

Mike-P

Link Posted 05/04/2021 - 07:28
There is no import duty on photographic equipment from the EU ... or many other countries come to that.

VAT is another matter entirely.
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AlB

Link Posted 05/04/2021 - 14:34
wooly1 wrote:
...........Plus Photospecialist do not have any stock listed.

Neither have any of the Uk retailers. The are only taking pre-orders.

wooly1

Link Posted 05/04/2021 - 17:51
AlB wrote:
wooly1 wrote:
...........Plus Photospecialist do not have any stock listed.

Neither have any of the Uk retailers. The are only taking pre-orders.

Agreed, but you can pre -order as I have already done for a Silver kit. You are also correct - no import duty on digital cameras but lenses are a different matter if bought separately. I know I have been hammered a couple of times with lenses from Japan.

Lubbyman

Link Posted 05/04/2021 - 20:21
Import duty on lenses, like cameras, is 0.0% (VAT is, of course, 20%). Here it is officially. It might have been different pre-Brexit. Worth noting, too, that when buying from abroad the import tariff takes into account 'country of origin', which relates to where the product was made. For Pentax kit bought from the EU, the 'country of origin' is surely not the EU. But thankfully, 0.0% duty applies to the countries that make Pentax kit as well as to the EU . Pity it has to be so complicated . Getting rid of stuff like that is one of the benefits of a single market...

Steve

womble

Link Posted 05/04/2021 - 20:55
... and they'll charge you a handling fee to collect the VAT.
Kris Lockyear
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Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Pwynnej

Link Posted 06/04/2021 - 10:03
Why not do what a lot of people do, let the first adopters absorb the prices and find out the real pros and cons of the cameras. In the meantime, while you wait for the price to come down firmware updates are issued that will solve some of the issues not picked up during beta/prototype testing.

Apart from the K-1 I've not paid more than £900 for my Pentax cameras, and these all started between £1200-1600 on launch - the *ist D was £1600 on launch (probably kit with 18-35FAJ lens) but that was down to £589 body only about 12-18 months later (at Mifsuds).... Pentax could've probably commanded more for the camera than what I paid but the small matter of the 300D spoilt the marketing plans (as well as the name....).

I'll wait for now....
Z-1p, K-1, P50
F50 1.7,FAs 24, 31,35/2, 50 1.4, 77, 85, 135. DFA15-30, DFA24-70, D-FA*70-200. D-FA 100. DA*300. TC 1.4.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon

AlB

Link Posted 06/04/2021 - 10:16
womble wrote:
... and they'll charge you a handling fee to collect the VAT.

Many of the Europe based internet dealers (Amazon, Photophotospecialist etc, etc,) now collect the UK VAT. There is no handling fee.

The fact remains that you can buy the K3 iii for ~£200 less and 3 years extra warranty with no more hassle in Europe than you get in the UK. You'll probably get it at the same time as well. Someone is making ~£200 additional profit. For what, loyalty, good service?
Can anyone tell me why, assuming the cameras are being imported by Ricoh (Europe), probably all of Europe, including the UK, to one port, possibly Rotterdam, all paid for in euros, we in the UK should be paying £200 more?

Lubbyman

Link Posted 06/04/2021 - 11:39
AlB wrote:
Can anyone tell me why, assuming the cameras are being imported by Ricoh (Europe), probably all of Europe, including the UK, to one port, possibly Rotterdam, all paid for in euros, we in the UK should be paying £200 more?

Better to ask someone like SRS or Wex who will be selling the thing rather than forum members who might buy it (or be waiting until the price drops ).

Perhaps it's the result of hedging against sterling/euro currency exchange risk (buying forward, that sort of thing).

Or perhaps it's the market working as markets do - sellers try to keep the price up, buyers decide where to buy, sellers drop the price to get an edge over competitors if they find that they aren't selling enough, and so on.

Whatever it is, the Ricoh UK store has £1,899.99, the Ricoh Europe store has 1,999.99 Eur which is about £1,700 at todays exchange rate. And that's better than lenses in the Ricoh stores, which seem to work at £ = Euro. So it doesn't look like UK retailers are responsible for the difference.

Anyway, for me and perhaps many others it's the same as when I buy a car. If I'm part exchanging, the price of the new (to me) car is irrelevant. All I'm interested in is how much cash I hand over for the total transaction (mostly but not entirely the difference between the new and trade-in prices). SRS has said they'll be doing generous part exchange deals. Perhaps that will cancel out the £200 difference.

Steve (who will not be buying a K3III unless his K3 stops working or the price of the III (Euro or £) drops dramatically!)

johnriley

Link Posted 06/04/2021 - 13:29
If indeed we could assume that any difference was due to the retailer in the UK, who for all we know might be feeling very frustrated by an implication that may not be accurate. I don't think photographic suppliers are actually rolling in spare cash at the moment, but I don't assume one way or the other as I'm not in that business.

What I do know is that if something goes wrong, SRS will collect the faulty product, fix the problem and return it fixed or replaced with no hassle at all. They have my vote and have never let me down. To be fair to other UK suppliers, I have bought items and received perfectly good service, but not for items SRS sold because they are my go-to choice.
Best regards, John
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