Massive Oly lens price hikes

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Massive Oly lens price hikes
Apr 3, 2011

I'm going from Europe to NY in a couple of weeks While I over the last few months have been contemplating my future with 43-system, I have therefore kept an eye on the Oly prices at B+H and some other US stores, considering to possibly take advantage of the lower US prices if I should conclude to put more money into the system.

B+H have just ended som lens rabate offerings that expired yesterday, so I have today revised my list of "investment alternatives". Compared to the prices they have asked for the last 3-4 months, there are now substantial price increases put into effect on the lenses that I have been monitoring:

4/3:
12-60: $820 -> $999
14-54ii: 490 - 600
9-18: 480 - 599
7-14: 1470 - 1799
50-200: 1000/1200 - 1200
8: 660 - 800
25: 205 - 249
EC-14: 360 - 439
EC-20: 420 - 479

m43:
17: 260 - 300
9-18: 575 - 700
14-150: 493 - 600

(There have been various rebates offerings in place at times, but I think that the stated "before" prices are fairly representative.)

There seems to be no similair price hikes for Oly cameras. However, Adorama seems to have followed suit with the same exact prices to a great extent, so I tend to think that these hikes are induced by Oly.

Now, I wonder why this lens price hike? If it was just a weak dollar and/or strong yen, one should expect the camera prices to move, too. So is this a preparation for another set of spring break offerings? (But B+H close down for much of Easter - 18th - 26th April, luckily not all the days I will be in NY....)

Or what is happening?

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