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    Velvia 50 - $27 here versus $6.95 B&H. How does that work? No wonder we are looking elsewhere.

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    wow, once you add processing cost that becomes a very expensive photo.
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    How much of the cost difference between USA and other countries is in duties, taxes, tarriffs, I wonder? Also, with our dollar so weak, (lets print print print...) everything is a bargain here right now, if you live outside the USA. Come visit, might not be a better time to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puptent View Post
    How much of the cost difference between USA and other countries is in duties, taxes, tarriffs, I wonder? Also, with our dollar so weak, (lets print print print...) everything is a bargain here right now, if you live outside the USA. Come visit, might not be a better time to do it.
    Australia, as far as I know, only charge GST, which is 10%. Yes, you do have to factor in shipping, but hey, so do we when we buy OS. I still remember my first purchase from the US. It was a Flash unit for a Sony DSLR about 4 years ago. The list price in Australia was over $600. The list price from B&H, once I had taken in conversions (back when the US $$ was worth 90 US Cents), it came in at around $350.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puptent View Post
    How much of the cost difference between USA and other countries is in duties, taxes, tarriffs, I wonder? Also, with our dollar so weak, (lets print print print...) everything is a bargain here right now, if you live outside the USA. Come visit, might not be a better time to do it.

    Cost differences depend on Customs processes and import-export tariffs in each country.

    Travel-wise, the dollar mismatch with the USA is a boon. My plans for the US summer-autumn in 2012 are Utah — Bryce Canyon among other places. I am hoping the dollar goes higher — to around $1.12 by then. Lots of people are travelling from Australia-USA, but airlines are now pushing fares up with increased fuel surcharges (as if...). There's a limit to how much travellers will tolerate with these surcharges, but luckily aren't charged extra when an engine explodes...

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    ordering a roll of HP5 from the states to canada costs me give or take 3 - 5 dollars, getting it from my own country minimum 8 and up to 11 easy. this phenomenon is world wide im afraid.

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    ArtTwisted, maybe check www.darkroom.ca , a Canadian supplier. More than US mail order, but well under the prices you have seen.
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    Geez when I first commented on this issue I was aware that our UK friends were having problems with Ilford and I've always sort of known that Canadians get shafted a bit like we do in Oz but I didn't know it was a global disease. But it seems we are all well off compared to poor bloody Brazil. Don't think I'll ever assert that we're overtaxed again! OzJohn

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    Long term, I can see some type of casual buying groups emerging, e.g. a loose group of 10 or 20 in Sydney keep in touch & put out the word when someone is about to place an order. Rather than having to post out the organisers might have some convenient location for collection, saving on extra postage costs, at least for some.

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    "Casual buying groups" (and I did exactly that this week!) need exist only because stores aren't fulfilling their purpose of transporting goods cheaply in bulk and distributing them locally. When I can get a bunch of items couriered to me cheaper than I can get it locally, there's a serious problem with market distortions somewhere. If nothing else, I would have expected some arbitrage but I'm not really seeing it.



 

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