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Meopta Meostar S2 pricing, US v. EU

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Old Thursday 25th September 2014, 15:40   #1
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Meopta Meostar S2 pricing, US v. EU

Just looking at the prices of these, and wondering why a Czech-made scope is 500 dollars cheaper in the US than it is in Europe? The same doesn't apply to, for example, Zen-Ray or Vortex optics, which are more expensive in EU. It might actually be cheaper to buy the Meopta from the US, even with import duties and shipping added. I'm not complaining, as I'm not planning to buy one anytime soon, I'm just wondering.
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Old Thursday 25th September 2014, 16:15   #2
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Is it possible that the S2 is actually made in the Meopta US facility for the US market? That would cut import duty and freight from the cost but...

The price that Marchwood advertise in the UK is 1699 - about $2300 excluding VAT. Adorama lists it for $2199...

http://www.marchwooduk.co.uk/viewProduct.asp?pid=1021

http://www.adorama.com/ME543240.html

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Is it possible that the S2 is actually made in the Meopta US facility for the US market? That would cut import duty and freight from the cost but...

The price that Marchwood advertise in the UK is 1699 - about $2300 excluding VAT. Adorama lists it for $2199...

http://www.marchwooduk.co.uk/viewProduct.asp?pid=1021

http://www.adorama.com/ME543240.html

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Hi Pete. I'm getting an exchange rate of 2770 dollars for the 1700 sterling Cleyspy charge for this scope, with the 30-60x ep (1 sterling=1.63 dollars). US prices are around 2200 dollars, as you say. But US websites tout the S2 as being 'European-made'. (If you guys can produce something similar, I'll be first in line, don 't care if it's made on Mars).

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Old Thursday 25th September 2014, 22:36   #4
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That 2770 has 20% sales tax/VAT included - US online sellers don't include state sales tax in their pricing.

Would need a closer source to Meopta to confirm the provenance of the S2 for US customers - I just wondered given that they have a US facility.

Like I said elsewhere, we had some fun doing shopping at Photokina so you never know what might be born of the Opticron stable these next couple of years :-)

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Hmm, that is now two little hints I noticed in reference to new products. How long do we have to wait until you spill the beans?
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That 2770 has 20% sales tax/VAT included - US online sellers don't include state sales tax in their pricing.

Would need a closer source to Meopta to confirm the provenance of the S2 for US customers - I just wondered given that they have a US facility.

Like I said elsewhere, we had some fun doing shopping at Photokina so you never know what might be born of the Opticron stable these next couple of years :-)

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On the tripod foot of my S2 it states "Made in Czech Republic." It also came with a QC sign-off sheet that has eastern Europe written all over it. A couple rubber stamps and serial numbers handwritten European style.

So far in the states we mostly get away without paying sales tax on out of state purchases, but things may change.

I think many of the new Meopta binoculars are "assembled in America." Whatever that actually, legally, entails I don't know.

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