Hi all. I'm going to visit London in a few weeks - any idea on the best prices/availability of D200 out there? It seems that at the moment my local shop has one of the best prices around (1690e for body) - any chances of beating that in London?
#1. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 0puddleduck Registered since 29th Oct 2005Wed 21-Jun-06 04:49 AM
>Hi all. I'm going to visit London in a few weeks - any idea
>on the best prices/availability of D200 out there? It seems
>that at the moment my local shop has one of the best prices
>around (1690e for body) - any chances of beating that in
You might be able to get one for about £1199 (rrp £1299) from Jacobs or Jessops stores but its not a saving on your Euro price if that includes tax.
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#2. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 1Wed 21-Jun-06 05:51 AM
Yes - the 1690e includes taxes etc. Finland has a reputation on being among the most expensive countries - especially regarding electronics.
When a buddy of mine was working for local Nikon he told me that the consumer prices in germany were sometimes lower than their prices for local shops. For some strange reason it seems that D200 has changed this totally the other way around.
And for the mystery to be complete, it seems that my local (small!) shop is the cheapest in Finland... If this really means that we have the cheapest D200's in Europe here in Lahti, Finland, I'll eat a roll of Velvia...
#3. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 1mikonian Registered since 13th Nov 2005Wed 21-Jun-06 06:07 AM
>You might be able to get one for about £1199 (rrp £1299)
>from Jacobs or Jessops stores but its not a saving on your
>Euro price if that includes tax.
Jessops have D200 body only for £1149.94, which is €1679, and it is listed on their website as in stock. Would Nikon in Finland service/repair it if it wasn't sold there? Not sure if the marginal saving is worth the possible risk...
#4. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 3Wed 21-Jun-06 06:25 AM
Well, they would service it but there really isn't a difference in price. 11 euros, I can likely get that from the local guy just by asking.
Regarding the service and warranty issues. I think there shouldn't be any problems - ANYMORE. The "Finnish Competition Authority" just proposed Nikon Nordic a fine of 300 000 euros for not servicing "grey market" Nikons. The whole proposal is here: FCA NIKON.
#5. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 0
THis is web retailer based on the island of jersey.
£1092.00 including 18-70 lens not sure if they add VAT to that when shipping etc. As I purchased mine direct from their shop
#6. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 0
It seems there are no worthwhile savings buying at a London shop so my advice is support your local shop - or do not blame us if it has closed down when you next want to use it.
The UK "official" D200's come with a Nikon Europe warranty which includes Finland. On DSLR's there is no world wide warranty and they guarantee (wherever you buy it) says it is serviced where it was intended to be sold.
Whether the Finnish scenario covers this is another issue - and whether Nikon Finland posting it to Nikon Far East gets round it is another issue. The proposal might well founder as overseas models are not certified as EEC compliant - this was an issue with some grey flash units where it was not illegal to use them in the EEC but it was illegal to sell ones without the EEC modification to the electrics.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
#8. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 6Mon 26-Jun-06 02:35 AM
Well, first of all - the "finnish scenario" actually has nothing to do with the type of warranty Nikon gives to their gear. It's purely EU. If a EU national buys any item from another EU country it should be treated as if bought from the home country. It's one of the basic principles of the free movement of goods inside EU. So actually - bying from another EU country should not be treated as "grey market"...
What comes to supporting my local shop - there you are absolutely right. I support them 90% of the time. I've bought all my lenses (except one) from Finland and even my last new SLR-body was from a local shop. The only time I don't use them is when the price difference is HUGE. That's what I wanted to know. Now that I know there really isn't a difference I'm going local. When I'm not (like the Tokina AT-X that I bought from Germany) I'm not trying to hurt my local dealer. I really believe that the more people order from Germany for example, the more pressure that puts to the legislators to change the tax laws so that my local shop CAN compete with the germans. It has happened in other business areas (alcohol, cars, etc.) so why not in electronics.
What comes to the small specialized shops, they are dying fast at least over here. I remember 10 to 15 years ago there were around 8 or 9 specialized camera shops in town selling SLR's - even one specialized in Nikon. Now we have four.
#7. "RE: D200 prices in London" | In response to Reply # 0
I think your local shopt has a reasonable price. I am visiting Las Vegas, they have the camera, and they want $1900.00 just for the Camera and $999.00 for the 18-200mm VR lens, Yes they have it in stock. I did not buy it. I'll just wait a littlbe bit more and pay less.