If you are going to compare domestic prices against overseas prices, exchange rate, import taxes and some other factors are in play. When domestic retailer import in bulk, they do not use tenso, they buy at OEM prices rather than retail price, they get bulk purchase discount, and they save on aggregate shipment. Of course, part of the savings go to import duties and other fees.
There will be a downward pressure in the prices of Japanese products sooner or later because of the low yen. Retailer like ALO can choose not to shift their price, but other competitors will get the deal first by pricing it lower since the cost price is lowering.
The point I am making is that rather than trying to speculate the release of a new product, understand the non-speculative aspects regarding the falling AK100 prices.
Edited by uelover - 4/28/13 at 4:37am