Warning - Nikon REFUSES to replace equipment they cannot fix, even if under warranty.

Started Jun 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Unfortunate
In reply to szal, Jun 13, 2013

szal wrote:

MikeInIndy wrote:

I believe the main tax (VAT) is figured AFTER the already much higher MSRPs they pay.

You believe wrong. VAT is already included in the price for the consumer. So to make prices comparable, you would have to deduce the country of sale’s VAT rate from the consumer price.

And yes, the MSRP is a manufacturer recommendation and thus useless; street prices are usually noticeably to substantially lower from day 1.

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Pics, or it didn’t happen!

While I concede the VAT may be included in the price, I do not concede that it can be deducted from the price to make them comparable as I stated in my other post.  Unless you can show me that what I'm reading about the VAT being partially given to the merchant to offset their costs in taxes prior to the sale etc, you can't just subtract those costs when they exist and are part of the US market price.  Our sales tax is not the same as your VAT from what I've just read on the subject, the sales tax here goes entirely to the government.  Maybe "street prices" are much lower in Europe, here in the US Nikon products above a certain "level" rarely drop below their MSRP from reputable dealers.  The bottom line point is you guys get a great consumer protection, but to think that protection is somehow free is laughable.

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