Pentax Lens Pricing on Amazon

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Adam007 Contributing Member • Posts: 611
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There were some pricing anomalies on Pentax lenses yesterday. Walking back from photographing protests, I thought, "I really wish I had a 70-200", so I rechecked the price on Amazon for the new F4. It was $900.32, there were allegedly two left, and I hit "buy it now" before I reached the next block. That $200 off. And while I have some doubts about this lens, I see no reason not to try it out for a few days, since Jeff doesn't mind. Later, I checked the DFA*70-200 2,8, a lens I do not really want, but occasionally could use. It was $1,448. A quick check of non-pentax camera prices showed some deals, too. Today the prices are back to normal, but if you are in the market, you may want to keep hitting refresh.

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Mike Arledge Senior Member • Posts: 1,703
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Adam007 wrote:

There were some pricing anomalies on Pentax lenses yesterday. Walking back from photographing protests, I thought, "I really wish I had a 70-200", so I rechecked the price on Amazon for the new F4. It was $900.32, there were allegedly two left, and I hit "buy it now" before I reached the next block. That $200 off. And while I have some doubts about this lens, I see no reason not to try it out for a few days, since Jeff doesn't mind. Later, I checked the DFA*70-200 2,8, a lens I do not really want, but occasionally could use. It was $1,448. A quick check of non-pentax camera prices showed some deals, too. Today the prices are back to normal, but if you are in the market, you may want to keep hitting refresh.

Thanks for the info, please share your impressions with us after giving it a go!

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Sweets
Sweets Contributing Member • Posts: 709
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Yeah. Amazon. Last monday i ordered a I7 processor to do the last possible update of my pc motherboard. €402 I paid. Today, wednesday this processor is €540!

I think Amazon upgrades the sales prices the moment an item is sold as if there is more request for it so the price can go up, or, it's user-driven so I see a higher price and others don't? I use the amazon-app, android.

Strange…

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OpticsEngineer Veteran Member • Posts: 6,795
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My understanding is Amazon constantly seeds temporary good pricing deals to generate interest and posts like you yours that generate more business. in Forbes magazine I read Amazon makes more than a million pricing adjustments every day. Sounds iike you benefited. I would have snapped up that deal too.

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Smitty1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,149
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Adam007 wrote:

There were some pricing anomalies on Pentax lenses yesterday. Walking back from photographing protests, I thought, "I really wish I had a 70-200", so I rechecked the price on Amazon for the new F4. It was $900.32, there were allegedly two left, and I hit "buy it now" before I reached the next block. That $200 off. And while I have some doubts about this lens, I see no reason not to try it out for a few days, since Jeff doesn't mind. Later, I checked the DFA*70-200 2,8, a lens I do not really want, but occasionally could use. It was $1,448. A quick check of non-pentax camera prices showed some deals, too. Today the prices are back to normal, but if you are in the market, you may want to keep hitting refresh.

Was it sold by Amazon proper?

OP Adam007 Contributing Member • Posts: 611
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Yes, from Amazon.  Someone else also wondered whether it was 3rd party, perhaps looting-related.

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Fujifilm X100F Pentax K-1 Pentax smc DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited Pentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 Limited +5 more
Smitty1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,149
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Adam007 wrote:

Yes, from Amazon. Someone else also wondered whether it was 3rd party, perhaps looting-related.

hah not at all.

I was thinking grey market related from one of the various shysters commonly selling on Amazon.

Looters would sell on CL, FB marketplace, or ebay if it was stolen...  doubt they hit one of the few B&M camera shops.

Nice price though!

Mark Ransom
Mark Ransom Veteran Member • Posts: 7,217
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Adam007 wrote:

Yes, from Amazon. Someone else also wondered whether it was 3rd party, perhaps looting-related.

If it was looted, it wasn't from Minneapolis - nobody here sells Pentax anymore.

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John McMillin Contributing Member • Posts: 610
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Another odd bargain- last year I checked Amazon and found a DA 15 Limited, used, for $200. Adorama was listed as the fulfillment source. Their own site listed a 15mm at $300, and it vanished after I placed my Amazon order. So Adorama let Amazon undercut them by 33%, and got stick packing the box!

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