Thanks, ara. That means a saving of R5k. In other words, Audio Tweak's mark-up is 50%! Is that not excessive?
I would say 30-40% would probably be a more acceptable markup because they have to then honour the warranty, etc. The problem I have is that say their shipping only cost about $100 (must be cheaper) plus they probably get the unit at Oppo for $899 (if not cheaper) so that brings the landed cost probably more down to but their shipping should probably cost them less. They will probably be closer to R 8,500.00 so that is a 75% markup. Now the people that do imports and then support locally will give all sorts of reasons why they can justify these mark-ups. One of the main "selling" points is that they have to have technicians, train them and keep some parts and the labour to fix it. So they sell 5 unit at 6,500 profit for R32,500 profit or do you sell 25 units at R 3,500 profit R 87,500. I guess for me it is a no brainer. Any case that is just my view. I for one will never buy an Oppo locally (unless it is secondhand
). I'll rather take that R 5,000 you are going to save, put it in an unit trust and then buy a new updated version if the first one breaks or pay one of the local geniuses to fix it. Plus with the R 5,000 you can probably send it back to them at least twice and have some change left.