From engaged enthusiasts to plain gullible.

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: From engaged enthusiasts to plain gullible.
In reply to rrccad, Dec 2, 2012

rrccad wrote:

it just so happened that you obviously don't realize that the lenses are actually made in Japan using a currency called the yen apparently and not the USD.

The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM was launched in April 2010. USDJPY = X 93.16.

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II was launched in September 2012 USDJPY = X 78.89

The historical parity difference between currencies accounts for about 15% of the markups overall differences (30-35% vs. 70-75%) between the newly launched model and the previous model current price, at the time of replacement.

What about the arbitrary huge remaining difference?

the 24-70L 2.8 II had around a 5% markup over the MSRP of the original. same really with the 70-200L 2.8 IS. (24-70mm - 220,000Y to 230,000Y .. 70-200mm 280,000Y to 300,000Y

Those values can't be right. How could a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM ever have cost 300,000Y when it costs about 195,400Y right now?

Post your source, please.

when you buy a new car - do you compare the sale price of an older model and state they jacked up the prices 200% against the new one?

I don't understand this.

If you're referring to the previous incarnation of the same model from the same brand, they don't, precisely.

If they are 10-15% higher, it is already extraordinary. The norm is keeping the price or adjust it slightly up.


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