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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:20 pm
by crumhorn
forge wrote:
rozling wrote:Oi - that moniker is reserved for this country! Have at you!
Oh yes...that's right my UK passport has expired! I'm no longer allowed to make such assertions! ;-)


BTW - more fuel for the fire: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/twi ... 2008-08-14

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/t ... ges-c.html

the 2nd link makes the 1st link infuriating

courtesy of Mr. Linehan: http://whythatsdelightful.wordpress.com ... followers/
which proves the old proverb "Every cloud as a silver lining"

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:23 pm
by rozling
forge wrote:
rozling wrote:Oi - that moniker is reserved for this country! Have at you!
Oh yes...that's right my UK passport has expired! I'm no longer allowed to make such assertions! ;-)
Just in case: I was referring to Ireland's claim to the Rip-Off-____ title, not to your elopage!
The scumbags! Of course that doesn't mean that the carriers weren't charging Twitter for their troubles - although they could easily have stepped in when they realised it would mean less revenue from the Twitterers (Twitterees? Twits?). I know I forgot about text-tweets once the announcement was made.

For some reason I'd unsubscribed to Graham Linehan's blog - thanks for reminding me about it!

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:28 pm
by Khazul
UKRuss wrote:Pre-Order placed. Now I wait.
There is allways one who accepts the precedent that enables everyone else to get ripped off.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:29 pm
by logic_user99
Khazul wrote:
UKRuss wrote:Pre-Order placed. Now I wait.
There is allways one who accepts the precedent that enables everyone else to get ripped off.
You'll have to report on it, Russ!

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:31 pm
by forge
rozling wrote:
forge wrote:
rozling wrote:Oi - that moniker is reserved for this country! Have at you!
Oh yes...that's right my UK passport has expired! I'm no longer allowed to make such assertions! ;-)
Just in case: I was referring to Ireland's claim to the Rip-Off-____ title, not to your elopage!
The scumbags! Of course that doesn't mean that the carriers weren't charging Twitter for their troubles - although they could easily have stepped in when they realised it would mean less revenue from the Twitterers (Twitterees? Twits?). I know I forgot about text-tweets once the announcement was made.

For some reason I'd unsubscribed to Graham Linehan's blog - thanks for reminding me about it!
I think "rip-off-Britain" may even be in some of the dictionaries now.... ;-)

yes - I think you're right it's probably not Twitter but the bastard Mobile phone companies - I just thought they were a swimming example of rip-off-britain in action! ;-)

just like 399 quid for the APC when it's $399 USD every where else - don't know what the current exchange is like, but at one point I think that would have almost been double!

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:36 pm
by logic_user99
forge wrote: just like 399 quid for the APC when it's $399 USD every where else - don't know what the current exchange is like, but at one point I think that would have almost been double!
Sadly, forge, it's the case with EVERYTHING. If it costs £200, it'll be $200 in the states. It's like 'they' don't take monetary conversion into account...

Bastards.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:41 pm
by jonny72
A $399 RRP in the USA equates to £320 RRP in the UK, using the current exchange rate and taking VAT in to account. So if it is £399 RRP in the UK, we're being charged around 25% more than in the USA.

The chances of getting it for much below RRP upon release are pretty low. No one discounts whilst a product is in demand and there isn't enough to go round, which is likely to be the case with this for a while at least after release.

Probably the best bet for getting a decent price is to find a local / friendly DJ shop which will cut you a deal. Pretty certain Akai are distributed by Numark in the UK, so most DJ shops will be able to get it.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:43 pm
by UKRuss
Khazul wrote:
UKRuss wrote:Pre-Order placed. Now I wait.
There is allways one who accepts the precedent that enables everyone else to get ripped off.
Fairly certain I'm not the only one who has placed an order.

To be honest, I feel the price is a fair one for the controller that it is. As a consumer you have thr right not to buy one if you feel the price is wrong.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:59 pm
by six_o_clock_crow
logic_user99 wrote:
forge wrote: just like 399 quid for the APC when it's $399 USD every where else - don't know what the current exchange is like, but at one point I think that would have almost been double!
Sadly, forge, it's the case with EVERYTHING. If it costs £200, it'll be $200 in the states. It's like 'they' don't take monetary conversion into account...

Bastards.
Agreed! And this aint a recent thing. Speaking of Akai, I was looking at getting a MPC500 (the little one) a couple of years ago. They were £350 here. I went to New York for xmas and saw them for $350! At the time the exchange rate was up to 1.9 dollars to the pound, so I could have effectively got one for half the UK price.

Unfortunately, having paid for me and my wife to go to New York at xmas, I didn't have the spare money to buy one :(

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:09 pm
by condra
http://www.dv247.com/invt/61684/

DV says:

£399.00 (inc vat)
€447.68 (euros)

:?

Has anyone found better than this in the Euro zone?

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:19 pm
by garyboozy
i'm just curious about this $399 figure. could anyone give a link to that price online?
i know that same figure was given by an Akai rep at NAMM on the SonicState.com vid, but that was a UK rep talikng to a UK interviewer, so surely thats £399, and the US price will be more like $499..?

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:42 pm
by McQ714
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5 ... ntrol.html

B&H has it listed for $399 US. No pre-orders though.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:44 pm
by Meef Chaloin
McQ714 wrote:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5 ... ntrol.html

B&H has it listed for $399 US. No pre-orders though.
and free shipping as well 8O

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:01 pm
by garyboozy
ok thanks for link - shafted again, unsuprisingly.
Jonny72 wrote:A $399 RRP in the USA equates to £320 RRP in the UK, using the current exchange rate and taking VAT in to account. So if it is £399 RRP in the UK, we're being charged around 25% more than in the USA.
its actually less than £320 inc vat:

$399 = £268
+ VAT at 15% = £308

but yea, pretty much an extra 25%
:?

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:07 pm
by mkelly
Just the way it is though. Partly down to higher import cost (transportation, smaller market, whatever) and partly down to greed and the ability to take advantage of the situation. Maybe a reason to join the euro?