Stay at home
- Aug 16, 2012
This all arose from a point that I was making that UK customers are already paying $5900 for the R5, which was similar to a complained-about price of $6000 for the R3 in the USA. And my point was then distorted into something else, which was not relevant. As you have raised the matter that I wasn't talking about, I'll answer that. The price differences are there from Canon before taxes are applied. B&H sell the R5 for $3,899, including any state taxes. The UK price is £4,299. Strip out the 20% tax and that translates into $4,900 without tax, $1000 more than the US price. This is not just due to better consumer protection in the UK. I complained to Canon that we are being charged about 10-15% more in the UK than in the rest of Europe, which has the same consumer protection. The Canon customer service apologised that the prices were actually set by Canon Europe. There is definitely differential pricing imposed by Canon since whereas B&H will ship most of their stock to the UK, they state on their site that the R5 is not allowed to be shipped.It depends on the point you are making.
Some people use the US to UK price difference to 'prove' that Canon are fleecing UK customers (which is the most common use of this argument). In that argument, the advertised price (and the tax inherent to it) is relevant because Canon has no control over the tax applied by the local market.
If you are asking 'I would not pay 6,000USD for the camera' then tax is irrelevant because the price is what it is.