$4000 for the D700

Started Jul 1, 2008 | Discussions thread
Baryl78
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Re: euros and dollars = apples and spinach
In reply to nunatak, Jul 1, 2008

nunatak wrote:

dj1967 wrote:

Gas is in fact $11 a gallon (£1.20 a litre, 4.5 litres in Imperial
Gallon). In the UK Gas is in fact 70% tax, we pay duty on the fuel
about 53p (from memory, and then we actually pay VAT on the duty @
17.5% - yeah go figure that out - they tax the tax!)

That's worse than I thought. My estimates were based on a trip to
Ireland last May. The differential in gas prices may be very much
higher today -- and does vary from country to country

Second ... the cost of living
is much higher over here.

Typically yes. However part of the cost is attributed to vacation
benefits, medical benefits, better social benefits and
infrastructure repairs. Not to mention better education and public
transit benefits. Do you think your government would have responded
as poorly to a Katrina style disaster? In the US the military
subsidizes much of our infrastructure -- although people are
generally aware of this.

The US gallon is not the same one than the UK one (3.8 liters and not 4.5 as here) => it's more like 9$ then

Americans are just not prepared to pay so much money for this kind of equipement, and the pricing are adjusted by country so each division of Nikon can sell the amount of unit they want to sell.. basic marketing isn't it... (of course the tax burden in Europe as a lot to do with it, but VAT doesn't explain everything)

That said I can't really envy those americans,

I like to know that what ever happens to me I won't be left in the street dying because I don't have health insurance, that the state will support me if I need (althought it cost me around 35% of my income). And I can't wait to go back to France where I will have between 35 and 45 days of holiday a year (in big companies)

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