Some simple arithmetic


George Lazarette

Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 23:04
B&H advertises the K7 at US$1,299.00.
Add $53.00 for shipping, then add 15% VAT to both, and you get $1,554.80.

That currently converts to 981.08.

I bought my first DSLR from Canada when Pentax was charging silly money in the UK, and if I decide to buy a K7 I shall be looking across the water again.

Unless, of course, SRS can come up with some pretty good discounts.

G
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viewfinder

Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 23:15
Right George!.....for once i'm completely in tune with you!

Pentax is currently granting a two year warranty in the UK, as it's obliged to by EU law. Would you happen to know if Canada supplied items also have a full two year warranty?

If there is then that's the way to get some fair dealing.......only thing is, one does not want to be sending back and forth across the water. But, that is a whopping great saving and if enough people did it it would sharpen up the attention of pentax UK/dealers for sure.

johnriley

Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 23:19
Don't you have to pay import duty as well as shipping? Then the courier adds a service charge. Then VAT is added to the lot.

Then if there's a fault, what a mess returning the camera.
Best regards, John

George Lazarette

Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 23:46
johnriley wrote:
Don't you have to pay import duty as well as shipping? Then the courier adds a service charge. Then VAT is added to the lot.

Then if there's a fault, what a mess returning the camera.

I think there is either no duty on still cameras, or it's extremely small. Sometimes there is a small handling fee to pay at this end, but against that is the fact that if the item is posted the VAT is often not charged at all.

Most US and Canadian sellers provide an international warranty, which Pentax should honour. I know that doesn't work in the second year, but nowadays things tend not to go wrong very often, and if they do, they generally happen in the first year.

In forty years of using Pentax cameras and lenses, only one has required attention (excluding user-inflicted damage). That was when some screws came loose on a 75-150 zoom after bumping around in the back of a Land-Rover on dirt roads for hundreds of miles. Fixed free of charge in Slough.

This price differential is in no way justified by a difference in warranties.

G
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Last Edited by George Lazarette on 21/05/2009 - 23:47

johnriley

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 00:56
I wonder what happened to the increase in duty on digital cameras that could shoot video? Remember the furore?

There's no doubt that the K7 shoots video.
Best regards, John

Clarky

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 05:59
Only one Aussie retailer is taking deposits that I can find. They say it will be available in July for 975 with Kit lens,

Thats considerably less than I expected considering the cheapest DA*60-250 I can find over here is 1400 crazy
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|
Last Edited by Clarky on 22/05/2009 - 06:00

shim

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 08:12
johnriley wrote:
I wonder what happened to the increase in duty on digital cameras that could shoot video? Remember the furore?

There's no doubt that the K7 shoots video.

There used to be extra duty on Camcorders that could copy the edited film back again to the Camcorder from the computer. That was why a lot were made that only worked in one direction and special gadgets were sold to do the reverse copy. Talk about a rip-off by the taxman

shim

Mike-P

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 08:20
Also if a DSLR can do over 30 mins of recording it then comes into the camcorder tax bracket which is apparently much more expensive.
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golfdiesel

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 08:27
There is import duty on camera's sourced from outside the EU.

Even on small cheap gadgets it adds up
I bought a GPS logger from the USA for $100.
I had to pay 19% VAT and Euro 18 for duty and administration costs.

Here is another example.
When importing lenses from outside the EU to the EU it is 6,7% duty and VAT. And there will allso be a cost for the paper trail.

For a SLR it is 4,2% duty and VAT.

A videocamera is 3,7% duty and VAT.
A video recorder is rated at 13,9% duty.

You can check the amount of duty here (only for EU citizens): TARIC database

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when searching for the word camera you end up with numerous video camera's ranging from 0% duty to 12,5% duty... So to be sure you will have to call the tax office.
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Camera:K20D|Ist*DS|Spotmatic II|MZ-10
Pentax Lenses: DA16-45|DA50-200|50A 1.7
Tamron Lenses: 28-200
Takumar Lenses: SMC 55 1.8
Sigma Lenses: EX DG 50-500 'Bigma'|EX 50mm Macro
Flashes: Metz 58 AF-1|Samsung SEF-36PZF|Pentax AF-220T
Last Edited by golfdiesel on 22/05/2009 - 08:30

Mike-P

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 09:09
Nothing much gets past UK customs these days.
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iceblinker

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 10:10
Royal Mail's handling charge for collecting VAT/duy is 8. Other couriers may charge considerably more.
~Pete

Clarky

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 10:25
Damn, you guys get stung from every direction don't you
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

iceblinker

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 10:26
Importing from USA/Canada to UK:

Duty for "digital cameras" is 0% according to www.dutycalculator.com, 4.9% for "video/cam corders", 4.2% for "other" cameras.
~Pete

johnriley

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 10:54
I've been charged up to 15 for the courier's charge.
Best regards, John

Mannesty

Link Posted 22/05/2009 - 11:25
Clarky wrote:
Damn, you guys get stung from every direction don't you

Yes, but we still just lay down and take it.

In the case of the K-7, it needs people to NOT rush out and buy it at that price, rather than pre-order at over-inflated rip-off prices. Then the price would have to come down.

I'm not even considering buying one yet, not until the price falls to around 800 at least. If it never does, I miss out on a great camera and Pentax UK can go swivel.
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