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Old 23-09-2013, 13:05   #1 (permalink)
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I had a doctors appointment today and as usual got a photo mag to read whilst waiting.
In its letters page was the usual "why do cameras cost more in the UK".
I was pondering this when it came to me... several years ago the then government put an extra tax on cameras that recorded video.
Move on a few years and the majority of cameras now record video, therefore attract the higher tax on import. Simples.
Or is my memory wrong? (Thats why I drive fast.... so I dont forget where I'm going.)

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Old 23-09-2013, 13:19   #2 (permalink)
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You might be right, but it is also possible that the makers 'absorb' the tax increase by cheaper manufacturing methods or by stripping other featutres from the cameras.

I suppose we'll never know as unlike a few years ago when nearly identical cameras were being sold such as the Nikon D300 and D300s with and without video capabiliteis, so comparisons cannot now be made.
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Old 23-09-2013, 13:43   #3 (permalink)

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I THINK IT IS A CASE OF AS SOON AS A NEW MODEL IS RELEASED, PEOPLE WILL GO OUT AND BUY IT, REGARDLESS OF THE COST, AS IT IS THE LATEST MUST HAVE, THEREFOR, IF PEOPLE ARE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICES FOR THEM, THEN THE PRICES WON'T COME DOWN.

UNTIL THEY ARE JUST ABOUT TO RELEASE A NEW MODEL THAT IS
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cos we are an island, and it costs more to ship em here. or thats what they tell me.......... am sure there was talk of a tunnel to here at some point tho lol ( tongue firmly in cheek)
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Hi Fiona, an interesting point! About a island, Getting away from cameras to something more important, I stayed at Oban a couple of years ago in the middle of winter and the pictures I took were something like that off a Christmas card I loved it there! But why was a bottle of Oban produced whiskey so so expensive when they make it there? I did sample a few of these just to keep warm inbetween shots if you know what I mean, and I was going to bring some back but the Price was a little ott.
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I don't know the exact law but there's a reason many cameras stop recording video before 30 mins,. is to avoid attracting tax as camcorders,. 30 minute limit on video capture could end if WTO group gets its way: Digital Photography Review
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Hi Fiona, an interesting point! About a island, Getting away from cameras to something more important, I stayed at Oban a couple of years ago in the middle of winter and the pictures I took were something like that off a Christmas card I loved it there! But why was a bottle of Oban produced whiskey so so expensive when they make it there? I did sample a few of these just to keep warm inbetween shots if you know what I mean, and I was going to bring some back but the Price was a little ott.
did you check the price elsewhere? the reason being is probably footfall, a bottle of the same whisky could be sold for less in the middle of say the centre of Edinburgh cso they get so many more tourists but to mnake any money given the smaller amount of tourists a place like Oban gets they have to bump the price up........... its a question we here in grangemouth ask BP a lot when the fuel is pumped INTO here to be taken away from here in Tankers yet the cost of it to put in our cars is much dearer than elsewhere
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