« on: December 17, 2014, 08:19:42 AM »
Every international manufacturer sets different pricing structures for different areas of the world. This is based on common sense and on the maximum amount of money you can squeeze out of each sale. Talking about Europe, for example, until a few months ago, Poland was some kind of price heaven. The country had been labeled by some marketing genius as "developing country" and the assumption was made that consumers there had less money to spend on cameras and lenses (which was somewhat true). Polish distributors started to enjoy prices which were a good 20% lower, when compared to the prices of other "already developed" european countries. The result was, especially for Nikon, that a flood of professional cameras with polish manuals started to invade nearby countries like Germany, Austria, Italy etc. After 2 years or so and probably several thousands of units sold Canikon decided that enough was enough and moved to a unified european pricelist (and to some other marketing crap such as the "selective distribution" more on this later if somebody is interested)
This just to say that A) distribution and consumer prices are decided at a corporate level, B) these prices are completely arbitrary (how much can we milk out of Europe or USA or Australia? in which way we can maximize our profits?), C) every sale opportunity (including gray market operations) is managed at the same corporate level (some gray market manager in Japan is probably reading this, say hello to him) and D) they always win even if some PR manager here and there once in a while sends a press release to CR about the "hazards" of the gray market.