Ebony 45SU new:David Rees wrote:obtained by buying outside "rip-off" Britain.
Badger Graphics: $4,495, excluding sales tax, equivalent to £2,809 in our money.
Robert White: £3,900, excluding VAT.
Sadly, this is not an isolated example.
I like to support UK manufacturers, and sellers, but when the difference in price is larger than can be accounted for by different rates of sales tax and duty, I do think carefully about where I spend my money. If I can import an item, paying duty and VAT as I am legally obliged to do, and still save a significant amount of money, then I do so.
It seems to me we have a duty as intelligent consumers to buy sensibly; if we blindly pay whatever price a UK supplier wants, without considering the price outside these islands, we do all of us a disservice. Send a clear signal to the firms who take advantage; drop prices to match the real world (allowing for different taxes), or lose business. I'm thinking of Fuji here, or Ilford.
BTW, this is not a criticism of Walker Camera, who make excellent, well-priced cameras; it is really directed at ourselves, who are often too parochial to consider alternatives.
There is always the counter-argument: support your local shop/supplier/manufacturer, otherwise they will go out of business/stop importing my favourite film/stop making something. The trouble is, in a global economy, those adverse changes are going to happen anyway; the actions of a few isolated individuals is not going to make any difference--except to their own bank accounts. I imagine most of us buy much of our film, chemicals and equipment via mail-order now anyway; this has been the trend for photographers (and not just us!) for a decade, and it is not going into reverse anytime soon. Buying internationally is not significantly harder.
I'll go and take my pills now...