4 weeks ago you found plenty of G1s on ebay at prices around $500-530. Now there are only a few and the price has soared by 40%. Anyone knows why?
Almost certainly the exchange rate against the JPY. The Euro was worth 170 Yen in August, now 116; the GBP has declined from 215 to 129 and the USD from 110 to 89, not as bad as the other two but down nonetheless.
All that means Japanese products are getting more expensive...
I paid Euro 699 for my kit. Now, it is 499. Price increase? Where?
I will wait for the next m4/3 camera to drop in price by 20~30% after the launch.
http://stores.ebay.com/Prodigital200...QQftidZ2QQtZkm and they advertised some 20 per week in all colors. Their current price is USD 599 (EUR 460) and they have only 5 blue ones in stock. Other ebay sellers have prices of USD 700 or more. Perhaps in the EU it is not convenient to import from Canada/USA but in Switzerland we pay only 7.6% VAT, so the total cost including transportation was EUR 445
Also, don't tell me you're surprised by the cost of riding the bleeding edge
And think of all the value you've gained with your legacy lens collection... your Pen F lenses have appreciated more than the 20~30% you lost on your G1
Stop whining and enjoy your classic camera!
Since the LUMIX G1 is on the market here in Germany , it is 699€ for the basic kit . Price has not changed since December last year .
Leica gear was not only cheaper but I got items much before they were available in Switzerland: I was amongst the first to get a DMR (July 2005) and an M8 (October 2006) while here there were waiting lists of 3 months or more. There was no problem with warranty either, Leica warranty is world-wide and upon showing a copy of the US invoice Leica honoured the warranty.
Panasonic US warranty is America only but I took the risk and – touch wood – never had any defective item.
I do not know why European prices are so much higher. Lack of competition? Different legislation as to the obligation of dealers to adhere to list prices? The higher European VAT cannot explain it all.
Henry's in Canada is selling the G1 package for $599.00, new in box. I bought one yesterday having had good luck with Henry's in the past.
Check out their listings on EBay
Are you trying to push up the 2nd hand value of your Pen-F stock?
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Okay let's move forward. Thanks
With the current economy, dealer specials, distressed retailers, gyrating exchange rates, and unpredictable demand, I am not surprised to see a variety of prices in the market.
So, I have ordered a Pen FT (always liked it) with the standard lens, and an extra Pen telephoto. Plus, I have bought a c-mount lens (Wallensak 1in) to try that. Since I bought the G1, I am not using my Pentax K-10, Ricoh GX-200, Ricoh GRD-2 or Canon G-10. I have a passion for small powerful and flexible cameras and the G1 fits the bill. Thank you to everyone here for sharing the results of their experiments - you people are very smart and ahead of the curve!
A word on the criticism of the mini SLR shape of the G1. I can't figure out how Panasonic engineers could have done it differently, if you want the fold our LCD and the EVF - which I do.
I think the G1 represents a sea-change, paradigm shift, call it what you will. I'm hooked.
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would you mind sharing how much you found the Pen F kit for? I think it would be better to check off-line sources, since e-bay seems to be overpriced for some reason at the moment
p.s. Vivek, I apologise for being insensitive towards you further up the thread... this is a nice forum, and I'd hate to alter that.
Like I said many times words on the internet sometimes have different meanings when in doubt PM each other and make sure you both are on the same page. Yes we did edit here and sometimes we have no choice. A post was reported and our Mods handled as they should. End of story
[QUOTE=Brian Mosley;73904]Hi Keith,
would you mind sharing how much you found the Pen F kit for? I think it would be better to check off-line sources, since e-bay seems to be overpriced for some reason at the moment :
I paid $299US for a 9++ (haven't got it yet though). Looked like Adorama prices were around $350.
Thanks Keith, Guy...
Pen F prices are all over the place, there are some real bargains on the bay, and then some not so good. KEH had great deals but most of their stock is gone now.
If I could get you guys in the same town as me, I would buy you both a drink.
A Hendricks anyone? or name your poison, it's on me.
Last edited by Bob; 5th February 2009 at 12:11.
Bob, it's a major reason I founded the Safari Group, to overcome the stupid ego-driven squabbles which arrise on the forums. I'm just as guilty as anyone! It makes all the difference when you can get out together.
A forum thrives on it's trail-blazers, and we have many good ones here. I've donated much to the used camera industry since joining the forum. That's a help towards the "stimulus."
I know that I'm onto something good if I want to tune into this discussion before I eat my morning cornflakes!