This is something that really gets under my skin. That monitor ranges from $999 to $1199 down here and yet converting USD 569 to AUD I get $693. OK, it's a big box so allow another $100 for freight and I still only get AUD $793. Even that's silly, I think the things ship directly here from the factory in Asia so the freight cost would be less to here than the USA.
That's not the worst of it, I picked up a Shuttle Pro at NAB, final cost inc exchange charges on the plastic, less than AUD 100. Local price is AUD 249. Ned Kelly is alive and well.
As Grazie must know, the UK is just one big rip-off. I shudder at the prices when I get to the old country. Last visit I paid like $US6 for a cafe, I paid $28 for firewire lead, $18 for a meal in a pub..... But there is bright side my bad heart really appreciates and that is 66% fat double cream for 60p a pint and extra cream Jersey milk at about a quarter of the US price.
Yes - it's been going on for years, Bob - all those washing machine salesmen who manage to get into the pipeline between supplier and customer and expect to make a fortune just because they're there.
Back in the early days of NLE, I bought my first capture card, a miro dc30+, directly from Gary Bettan's Videoguys in New York, because it worked out almost half the cost of buying here in Oz. A few years later, probably after complaints by the Aussie washing machine salesmen, Videoguys were prevented by Pinnacle, who bought miro, from selling PAL boards, only NTSC, so we had to go back to paying the local rip-off merchants.
JJK, the Best Buy Gateway monitors are $629 in Phx.Az. Reading through this thread, you will see that there are differing prices for the same thing in differnt places. Prices are set by what the competition is doing and what Retail firms thaink they can get for their product. That is, excluding things out of their control like VAT.
Prices in Oz are such because they can get that price, perhaps kept that way by lack of serious comptition, or various means that restrict competition.
In Macedonia, Brookpark, & Mayfield Ohio Best Buy Stores.
I threw the Sunday Broachure away but I'm pretty sure it was $529.00 but then again it could have been $569.00. The national website has them for $729.00 with some kind of sound package.
Dell, Gateway, what ripoffs. Just a few weeks ago I acquired a 22" widescreen Samsung [225BW] for under $300 from Newegg [S&H $22], had it in my hands 2 days after ordering. Gotta love it ,it's so perfect for Vegas.
The big difference between the 22" and the 24" LCDs is that the 24" are the smallest monitors that have the resolution to show full-resolution HDTV (1920x1080). This makes them much more valuable to anyone editing HD video. Of course, the manufacturers know this, too, which is why they jack up the price disproportionately.
I love my Dell too, though I used to only buy Sony monitors... "I wouldn't edit with Vegas without my 24" Dell"... at least if I have a choice... it's a superb monitor for video editing, highly recommended, since you can stretch a timeline wide on it.. and of course I have 2 other monitors as well..
Rick, thanks for the heads-up on the 24" Dell monitor sale. I just ordered one... now I just need to figure out how to get it past my wife. It just won't be as easy to slip into the house as a VASST download!
I definitely want to use it as my primary unless I'm editing just due to the nice size. Then, I'm assuming most people are using it as a secondary display in full screen while editing? Hopefully it's easy enough to switch back and forth... or is there any easier way to set up two monitors?
"Rick, thanks for the heads-up on the 24" Dell monitor sale. I just ordered one... now I just need to figure out how to get it past my wife. It just won't be as easy to slip into the house as a VASST download!"
Gotta love my wife... We're in the process of packing to move and she told me to dump the heavy CRTs and buy LCD panels after we finish the move.