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Old 23 August 2004, 10:54   #11
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I find myself in a rare and regretable situation of having to agree with Manos! at least about the supply and demand thing, oh and mebbe a bit of being so used to being ripped off in every other aspect of british life (taxation, taxation, taxation, etc) If you're in the 40% income tax bracket, have you ever considered the actual cost of a gallon of petrol? (which starts somewhere about £1 ) ie, how much you had to earn before tax to buy it....outrageous!

With the boats themselves, they're in most cases hand made, and I believe reasonably priced on the whole, but engines are a different matter altogether.

When Phantom built my boat, I saw the time, materials and effort that went in, I feel the price was very fair, and I'd had a small group of craftsmen working on what was effectively a 'one off'.

Engines, even in the limited numbers made for marine, compared to automotive, roll off a production line in japan or mexico or wherever, by the hundred, all the same. And just like toasters, or lawnmowers or whatever, they should be the cheaper part of putting a rig together, or at least that's how I see it.

One always expects to pay through the nose for any one off, or craftsman built products, not the other way round.

As was said earlier in this thread, why half the price in the US?
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Old 23 August 2004, 11:20   #12
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As was said earlier in this thread, why half the price in the US?
May be becuse the Americans will not pay as much as the Europeans (or the Brits) and they will wait for the prices to drop? Hence the manufatcurers know this and instead to wait for sales, special offers, special packages and all that rubbish they drop the prices at first.

It is true why the same engine or the same VHF or the same anything costs 2 or even 3 and 4 times more in Europe than in the US, Canada, Australia or SAfrica?

I suppose, if you exlude SAfrica where life is cheap (zar 3,000-4,000 i.e. Pounds 230-300/month for a foreman or a manager) the other 3 have similar costs to Europe.

By the way in a research done by one of the European news papers published in a Greek news paper looking at consumer goods and consumer service prices (ex petrol) the UK is THE MOST EXPENSSIVE country in Europe to live and the cheapest is Portugal. Greece, believe it or not, is the 4th most expenssive place
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Just good old rip off Britain again.
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Just good old rip off Britain again.
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Old 23 August 2004, 13:48   #15
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I've had a thought. Peugeot make about £100 a car yet 99.9% profit on all the parts that are fitted to the car later like headlights, wing mirrors etc. Cars are bashed all the time, serviced more often needing more parts. I suppose the profit margin on the parts is more per car.

Still a rip off though
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What everyone seems to forget is the exchange rate is really good at the moment - $1.80 to the pound! Recalculate at a more normal rate and things don't look so good.

Rip off Britain only really exists on things that are taxed - ie petrol, booze and cigs!

just come back from a round Europe trip including Andorra and Gibraltar - consumer goods are no cheaper and usually more expensive - an Ipaq that in the UK cost about £300 was nearer £500 in Gib and Andorra.

Petrol was 42p a litre and whiskey £4.99 for a litre of Johhny Walker!
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I agree with Codprawn.

the UK government seems to like taxing the necessities in life. Guess they get used more so they get more TAX.

White goods, ie DVDs, TVs, Washing Machines etc are more expensive in Europe. Also clothes are more expensive. Beer in a pub is the same price as UK in Northern Europe, Petrol is generally the same.

Booze is cheaper, fags are cheaper.

Cars aren't always cheaper.

For some reason a recent loophole in Customs and Taxing seems to have been exploited in DVDs, CDs, computer games, printer inks etc that come from Guernsey. I know they don't pay tax but surely it should taxed when it comes to the mainland. I think the customs have been a bit slow there.

Maybe we could buy RIBs in the channel islands tax free and bring them back to the UK.

I won't tell anyone if you don't........

By the way wasn't there a guy called Charles from the Channel Islands who used to do good deals on RIBs !!!
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Ripoff Britain! Try shopping in Italy...

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In Italy like in Greece you should have hagled the price. You never take a price shown for granted
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Well we should really say..........................Rip off Europe then!!

I travel to the States often and I can tell you, it's cheaper shopping across the board there. Income Tax is set higher though, but the wages people earn offset that. That's why the yanks eat out every night and buy on HP everywhere and pay the intrest rates.

Even credit cards are better there as well. I have American Express and gives me 1.3% cashback. Over there they get 5% cashback for the same CC.

Its a real tale of two stories I can tell you.

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