Originally Posted by justin w.
i wouldnt be able to afford giving a dealer 30%+ on a BHSE. also, if you look at prices of other U.S. audio products, you're going to pay more in Europe, as the taxes will already be included in the price, and then there's usually another 10-20% on top of that
In my experience of buying US-sourced high end in the UK, you typically can just substitute $ for £. That is, a $6k component will cost almost £6k in the UK. Which is 50%-60% increase at current exchange rates.
This is because any reputable importer will feel obliged to pay the full import duties and VAT. Then there's the importer/distributor's profit margin. Then there's the dealer's margin, as dealers and importers are not usually the same company, at least for big name brands.
In the past, I didn't begrudge the high end dealers their profits, as they gave great service and after care. These days, with global Internet shopping is so commonplace, that traditional local service is sadly dying out, but it's difficult to not be seduced by a 60% saving...