On another topic some gentleman kindly suggested I look towards the Pentax XW 3.5mm eyepiece for my planetary needs
Being based out of Athens (GR, not GA!) I first tried to look for them on EU-based websites to avoid the customs charges and hassle. They come out at a price of EUR ~370-400 or a bit more than 420-480USD at the going fx rate, for example:
Looking for the same EPs on some US sites I get quite different prices, for example:
Now these come at ~USD270, much much lower than the European prices! I understand the American quote might not include the 8-10% sales tax (vs 16-24% VAT in Europe...) but here we’re talking about an at least 50% premium for those in the EU, even when accounting for the US Sales Tax!
How can this be possible when we’re talking about a Japan-made (I presume) product? Last time I checked EU duties on telescope optics are ~4%, even zero US-JPN duties wouldn’t explain the huge price disparity I am seeing
PS and to avoid any misunderstanding: I am in no way affiliated to any of the above merchant stores or any of their competitors - I posted them only as example cases that were easy to find. Mods feel free to remove the links if deemed necessary
Edited by chvlat, 10 June 2021 - 04:17 PM.