HEY OLYMPUS! I’m irritated as %@&#!!!

Started Sep 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 6,182
A likely explanation

In a recent thread titled Olympus Rep Vist 19 Sep 2013 - Sammy's Camera in Santa Ana, CA

started by Airmel he states that:

Oly rep Ray did a great job of explaining the various new features. He also verified that the E-M1 body will be available much sooner than the 12-40mm pro zoom, making it impossible for early adopters to benefit from any sort of bundled deal.

While the promised availability of such a kit in some European countries seems to contradict this, production and distribution for an international market is complex, and this may simply reflect the fact that a small early production batch that more or less fills the needs of a couple of national markets exists or soon will.  OTOH it will likely take some time to produce the likely much larger batch needed for the US (and Canada which is usually served through the same HQ).

Sending a too-small batch to this market would only cause problems as Olympus tries to win back dealers and their shelf space. Equal treatment and equal access to stock, is likely something they are quite concerned about, especially with such dealers as Calgary's The Camera Store, which is again carrying Olympus again after an almost three gap caused by a dispute which apparently started over timely filing of order and access to product issues.

Decades ago, I was a buyer for a large city. I soon learned that getting a greatly inadequate early lot of an in-demand item is usually more trouble than its worth, because of the need to priorize, compicated backorders internecine squabbles, etc this tends to generate.

So I am going to wait awhile, and hope for a Christmas bundle!

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