Originally Posted by Mike Martin
A few words In defence of ALL European radio manufacturers.
This is one of the perks of manufacturing to a national market of well in excess of 16 million......
Oh really, so are you saying that the costs of manufacturing a USA spec radio is less than a European one..
Surely it's just a case of pricing at what the market will stand for, which in our case is an expensive one!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for high prices, I work on percentages so a higher price gives me a larger profit, (although I'm cheaper than most!!!!!
It's just that it really annoys me when manufacturer's or their representatives blame import duty and vat as the reason for the high cost of items, when we all know that high profit margins are the biggest cause.
Out of interest, I've enclosed a pic of a USA spec and Euro spec Icom M1, the one on the right is the "legal" one.
Now are you really going to tell me that the manufacturing costs are any different, the shipping costs from Japan aren't similar, so Why is the yankie one half price?????
All IMHO of course!!!
Oh, and before you ask, I only use the "illegal" one when I'm overseas!!!!!! Yeh right!