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Worldwide price differences in Olympus gear are nuts

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by cptobvious, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 8, 2013
    Check out Amazon Japan (amazon.co.jp). Here are prices of Olympus gear sold by and shipped by Amazon Japan:

    E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8 kit ¥ 176,228
    Converted to USD: $1462.66
    Amazon US price (shipped and sold by Amazon): $2198

    E-P5, VF-4, 17mm 1.8 kit ¥ 86,391
    Converted to USD: $717.03
    Amazon US price (shipped and sold by Amazon): $1449

    E-M5 + 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO kit ¥ 113,461
    Converted to USD: $941.67
    Amazon US price (shipped and sold by Amazon): $1798 (note: just the regular E-M5, not the special edition one

    It'd almost be worth buying a ticket to Japan to buy your gear, except Olympus ended their worldwide warranty program in September (not a coincidence I'm guessing).
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  2. Plumballs

    Plumballs Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Whitchurch, Hampshire
    cptobvious yes it is ridiculous, but you are not getting the worst of it.

    EM1 + 12-40mm f/2.8 = £1499 = $2331

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  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I know with Nikon, if you provide a receipt that you bought the equipment in the same region that it was designated for, they'll honor the warranty. Does that not apply Olympus as well?
  4. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Camera and lens prices in the UK are ridiculous.

    Is it any wonder I have to stick with adapters and legacy glass for most of my purchases?
  5. Andrius

    Andrius Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 29, 2014
    Might as well join in add more countries!

    E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8 kit - 6999 Lt (2027.16 EUR) -> 2474.15 USD
    E-M5 + 12-40mm f/2.8 kit - 4999 Lt (1447.92 EUR) -> 1764.90 USD
  6. I take my chances with DigitalRev!
  7. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Some prices in Finland :-(

    Kit - street price (recommended price) = in dollars

    Olympus OM-D E-M1+ M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED + HLD-7 ---> 1999€ (2498€) = $2437 ($3045)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED ---> 1099€ (1699€) = $1340 ($2 071)
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Pro + Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED + Olympus HLD-6 ---> 1199€ (1699€) = $1462 ($2071)

    Actually now the campaign or more or less street price for E-M5 12-40 f/2.8 kit is not so bad :) 
  8. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Sigh ... why can no-one remember that european prices include value-added tax, whereas US prices are tax-free? And that japanese companies, like all exporters, add a risk premium to those currencies which they perceive as falling against their own currency medium-term?

    The remaining differences are not huge.
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  9. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    You should see the difference in MRSP for Porsches.
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  10. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Yes, U.S. residents need to take that U.S. price and add sales tax for their state to the figure. Now, the Europeans still usually get a worse deal than Americans. But the gap isn't quite as wide as many believe.
  11. Our VAT is 20% whereas the U.S. Sales taxes are usually only single figures, which makes a bit of a difference. I have seen a big fluctuation depending on the item that I'm after so for instance the Olympus 45mm is usually cheaper in the UK than it is in the US.
  12. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    E-M1 and 12-40 f2.8 kit 71,990 THB or 2,184

    E-M5 and 12-40 f2.8 kit 37,990 or $1,152 <-- bought one a few days ago because the kit was ~$250 more than the lens alone.

    Picked up a O9-18 on a trip to Japan last Sept because there it was $554 while in Thailand it was $813 at the then current exchange rates.
  13. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    Sigh ... why can some not read a thread where the ubiquitous wasn't mentioned and conclude the ubiquitous wasn't considered by the posters and readers?
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  14. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    Try living in South Africa!!!!

    EM1 + 12-40 $2839
    EM5 + 12-50 $1290
    40-150 PRO $1979

    An EM1 body is $1867 or I can buy an A7 + 28-70 for $1893!
  15. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Olympus prices are attrocious here (Croatia). We don't get the quarterly deals like everyone else... If i went into a store and talk to them about price matching, i'd be laughed out of the store. Yes, all prices are final prices, including tax (not shipping, if any).

    Cheapest E-M1 body - 1690$ (10477 HRK). Combined with 12-40 it's 2541$ (15757 HRK). 40-150 PRO is 1713$.
    Though, the prices of E-PL5 came down like 50% since the introduction of E-PL7 and E-M10. You can get the double kit zoom for 515$. Sucks if you're thinking about selling yours (like me).

    Panasonic is not that big here. GX-7 with kit lens is 900$. GH3 body is 1775$. One store did offer me a new GH3 and 12-35 f2.8 for 1100$ (usual price around 2720$), they just didn't know what to do with it, but i didn't take the deal because i don't know if i could sell the body at all.

    Funny thing - Sigma lenses are usually cheaper than in the US/UK. Sigma 60mm is a bit less than 200$. 19 and 30mm are like 180.

    Used market is rather friendly towards buyers (though we are a rather small market so there are limited offers). AS the standard is low, prices are driven down. I saw a 9-18 for 400$ (great price here), my P20mm will probably go for 250$ (again, great price if compared with new), 45mm is usually also 240-250$.
  16. letsgofishing

    letsgofishing Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 21, 2012
    South Africa
    Mike Kaplan
    See above and count yourself lucky!
  17. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    damn it, why did i have to look at the used market? I found a 9-18 for 340$. That's a steal here.

    yeah, i saw. Tough luck, buddy.
  18. Leif

    Leif Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2012
    True, and the warranty & law situations are also quite different between countries as well as the service Olympus offers (service plus for example).
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  19. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Unless you live in New Hampshire we have no sales tax or income taxes (unless you make a really lot of money) !!
  20. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    In EU (as far as I know) all electronics must have two year warranty. I think this is a good thing but one has to accept it leads to higher prices too. It is fairly easy to re-sell stuff within 24 months because of the warranty still left. And at least in Finland it doesn't matter if you are the original buyer or not, warranty is still valid.
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