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patrick
2004-04-16, 07:18
The price reduction we announced affects only our US retail web site. With
time, it will be felt throughout the retail channel in the US and overseas
since we also reduced the prices to our distribution partners for future
purchases.

Regarding customs, UPS will also charge an additional "handling fee" for
clearing the players through customs so your comparison is a bit off. Our
resellers overseas do their level best to match our direct prices (with
shipping). The fast changing value with the US dollar over the past year
has sometimes made that goal difficult.

If I were you, I would not worry about whether some UK reseller is cheaper
than we are at any one time. I would worry about the direction of the US
dollar. With a probable increase in US interest rates this summer and a
continuing weak European economy, I expect the US dollar to strengthen and
artificially increase the value of our products in Europe.

The UK currency will follow the Euro because the value of the trade between
Europe and the UK is far greater than trade between the US and UK. Euro
zone governments are interested in maintaining stable exchange rate within
the European Community and will do what they can to manage it.

At the end of the day, the Pound/Dollar exchange rate only affects US
tourists who want to peek at the Queens's china. But what do I know...I'm
the marketing guy. ;-)

Patrick




On 4/15/04 1:27 AM, "David Cullen" <slimp3 (AT) another-perspective (DOT) net> wrote:

> JQ - these folk in the UK have the wired one for 179 inc VAT and shipping
> (the only place on the net that appears to have the wired one). 18 more
> than if you were to end up paying 17.5% VAT when it came into the UK...
>
> ie. $199 + 17.5% = $234 + $55 = $289 = 161 = give or take a few pennies
> depending on exchange rate etc. Also can't remember if UK customs charge an
> admin fee or not..
>
> Of course it might come in and not get caught and then you'd be quids in!!
>
> http://www.multitask-computing.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=16
> 8
>
> Wondering which way to go myself!
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of
> john (AT) quirkshop (DOT) co.uk
> Sent: 15 April 2004 09:09
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] New pricing on Squeezebox
>
>
> Anyone have any idea if this price saving is going to be available over
> here in the UK. The $55 shipping cost from the US hurts a bit, but the
> standard pricing for the Squeezebox wired doesn't seem to have changed
> anywhere over here.
>
> Would I be best ordering from the US and paying the shipping, or hanging
> fire if the UK pricesa re going to catch up with the US?
>
> Thanks
>
> JQ
>
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kdf
2004-04-16, 09:58
Quoting Patrick Cosson <patrick (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>:

> The price reduction we announced affects only our US retail web site. With
> time, it will be felt throughout the retail channel in the US and overseas
> since we also reduced the prices to our distribution partners for future
> purchases.
>
> Regarding customs, UPS will also charge an additional "handling fee" for
> clearing the players through customs

highway robbery if you ask me. UPS added 35% to the cost of my slimp3. Most
annoying was that they gave no notice of it whatsoever; they just show up at
your door demanding money or they walk.

UPS brokerage fees doubled the cost of a chair part I had to order special from
Texas.

UPS may not be a four letter word, but around my work, it is the cause of many
an utterance of such words.

-kdf