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Panasonic lens price increases

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dhazeghi, May 2, 2012.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Looks like Panasonic took the opportunity to raise the official prices on some of their lenses under cover of recent rebates, so when the rebates expire, the prices will be higher than before the rebates (which expire on 5/5). In other words:

    12/3.5 3D $200 -> $270
    14-42/3.5-5.6 $150 -> $200
    45-175/4-5.6 $400 -> $450
    14-140/4-5.8 $650? -> $750

    Something perhaps to keep in mind if you're planning on buying any of those lenses!

    DH
     
  2. DizzyV6P

    DizzyV6P Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 13, 2012
    Maryland
    WOW! Good catch! I'm gonna take advantage of the 45-200 for $199 deal before that jumps up in price as well.
    They expire May 5th right?
     
  3. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2012
    Australia
    Its funny, I reckon its the stores, not pana that are fiddling the prices. Here is why:

    B&H 14-140 price was $649.00. When the rebate came in the price went to $849.00 or $649.00 after rebate.
    Adorama followed suit.
    Sammys and Kenmores did not, they kept it at $649.00 and applied the rebate to this making it $449.00.
    I questioned B&H on this, they made up some BS story on their costs, then a few days later the price dropped to $749.00/$549.00 special.
    Adorama (who obviously watches B&H like a hawk) saw the price drop to $549.00 so they decided to list the rebate at $300.00 instead of dropping the retail down from the $849.00 they bumped it to.

    The 3D lens, was $49.00 special, then went to $89.00 special, then dropped back to $69.00 special. Does not instill confidence in those of us wanting to buy something but not wanting to risk prices fluctuating daily!

    The 45-200 was $245.00, then it jumped to $349 when the rebate started, so the $199.00 is not a super special, its 45 bucks less than what it was listed for.
     
  4. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2012
    Australia
    Oh and anyone who wanted the 45-175 zoom, kenmores has it going for $299.00 now!
     
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I don't think that's really how it works. Olympus has done the exact same thing in the past - raising prices under cover of rebates. People blamed B&H for that as well, until they discovered that all other retailers had raised their prices too. It's a fairly standard practice. What Kenmore and Samys are probably doing is selling off old stock at a discount.

    DH
     
  6. DizzyV6P

    DizzyV6P Mu-43 Regular

    141
    Apr 13, 2012
    Maryland
    Funny, and here I thought Canon and Nikon were the only ones to do this with their "instant rebates." Nice to see this kind of sales tactic is industry wide.
     
  7. AnttiV

    AnttiV Mu-43 Regular

    91
    Apr 19, 2012
    Finland
    I've sometimes wondered why we don't see any "instant rebates" or mail-ins here in Finland.. now that's pretty obvious after I read that. Because, in Finland, that kind of price-playing is downright illegal. If you have a Thing X "on sale!! 50% off!" and list it for 250, that thing should pretty damn well have been at 500 for at least two months prior to the sale, otherwise you'll catch h*ll. The "regular price" must have really been a *regular* price, otherwise the sale is illegal, and the store will have consequences.

    On the other hand, that's probably the same reason why the prices here are so atrocious in the first place...

    Let's see, some of those lenses at a local store:
    (Our town's local photography shop doesn't sell Panny, so this is a mail-order store, but still in the same country.)

    12/3.5 3D 299EUR (~390USD)
    14-42/3.5-5.6 199EUR (~260USD) [This is the kit lens, not the II]
    45-175/4-5.6 499EUR (~660USD)
    14-140/4-5.8 849EUR (~1120USD)

    and: 45-200/4-5.6 349EUR (~460USD)

    So, not quite up to the international pricing there, are we :D