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| p.3 #5 · Fire sale prices on Canon? |
At any rate, electronics prices should go DOWN over time, not up. The only time a price of something like a lens, which does not change from year to year is when it is completely redesigned. Something like the 70-200 2.8 non-IS price should be going DOWN, it's an old lens at this point, it's R&D cost has been recouped and it's what is known in the business as a "cash cow", pure profit, less actual manufacture and distribution costs. Differences in the price of the dollar should really not make the price of these goods fluctuate so much. Look at the cost of TV's, blue rays and other electronics...
Sure... per pound! Now how much of the weight of your lens is glass and how much is chips?
I understand it may not be completely apples to apples, but it's glass, how much MORE does it cost to create lens glass now vs 3-5 years ago? Processes should become MORE efficient over time, not less.
No matter what happens to the cost of production in the end the law of supply and demand rules. If the supply is low and the demand high, it does not matter if it only costs $1 to produce, the price will be high.