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Re: Maybe buying outside the UK is ethical after all...
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2013, 05:21:00 PM »
A fair point,

Capitalism is simply taking capital of some description and carrying out a process to increase that capital. Rather than a long-winded essay on why you're correct, I'll just say all our Canon gear will originate in one of a few factories and will end up anywhere on the planet. Hmmm, it's almost as if Canon are a global company who artificially carve-up the planet for their own gains. Holy artiface, Batman!! We should do something about this!

Do Canon still provide a worldwide warrany with all L-series lenses? If so, there's no problem buying grey imports.

However, the one good thing about supporting local businesses is the fact you can walk in and noodle about with the item before deciding to buy it. I wonder what'll happen when all the local shops go out of business and you can only buy goods via the web?


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Re: Maybe buying outside the UK is ethical after all...
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2013, 05:35:27 PM »
Agree with Distant Star

@GuyF - nope they stopped that a while back, but then you have to be pretty damned unlucky for an L to go wrong within a year, as I think that's all the warranty you get. Any UK company even if they import have to provide the warranty themselves e.g. ProCamera have to cover any faults...

There are some things I prefer to shop in person, predominantly where I do need to either try the goods for size, or get some understanding of the materials used, but eventually it will all go the same way. Where I used to live, there are just charity shops and coffee shops - it is sad to see people's lives affected through job losses...

@OP - use either Procamera or Hdew - they indeed take the hassle out of importing and it's easier to return to a company based in the UK if there are any problems....

Finally, looking at the Canadian price for the same lens, some £600 cheaper, if you were feeling adventurous you could fly to Canada off-season, pick up the lens and cover 1/4 your holiday cost  ;D
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Re: Maybe buying outside the UK is ethical after all...
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2013, 07:54:26 PM »
Nothing personal, but you're a chump if you buy into the "support your local sellers" propaganda.

Multinational corporations use global strategies to keep their costs as low as possible. They don't give a damn what the country is or where jobs may be lost. They will go anywhere and do anything they can get by with to keep their costs low so they can maximize return to shareholders. However, they don't want you, the consumer, to do the same thing. If you decide to go to another country to get a better price, suddenly you're being "unethical" or not supporting your country or some such nonsense.

I hate walmart and their predatory practices. There was a time when I wouldn't shop there because of that. I thought I was opposing the oppressors of local small business, etc. All I was doing was stupidly giving my money away. This is a society built on a foundation of unbridled competitive capitalism. No one is giving me money, and if the corporations are going to do everything they can to make money, I'm going to be equally ruthless in keeping the money I have to work at getting. walmart and their ilk are simply doing capitalism better than anyone. I want to do as good a job at not giving my money away.

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