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So as some of you might know I’ve been on a bit of a shopping spree. With Wal’s blessing because well the pound is so much stronger than the dollar it just makes sense to pick a few *cough*a lot*cough* things <insert nervous giggle here>.

An example of how out of whack pricing is in the UK.

Nikon D200 BODY Digital Camera by Nikon (Electronics – 22 Mar 2006)
Buy new: £785.00
Buy new: $999.95
Now lets do the math folks. If you take the $999.95 and convert it to sterling it comes in at £501.30. If you’ll notice that is NOT the cost of the item at amazon UK, the same item will cost me £283.70 MORE if I purchased it in the UK!! Crazy isn’t it?!??!! So what’s a girl to do? I mean I don’t want to be willy nilly spending money. I don’t usually because I don’t earn an income and feel bad spending Wal’s money. He’s much more frugal than I am so I always feel like a spendthrift next to him.
I was also looking at a lens I wish I had.
Nikon 18-200MM F3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX by Nikon (Electronics – 7 Feb 2008)
Buy new: £409.55
Buy new: $649.99
So if I bought in the US it’s really only costing me £325 saving me about £84. Now I’m not a math whiz or anything so my figures might be completely off. I’m sure if it is someone will tell me and I’ll be completely humiliated!
I wonder why they don’t charge the same for the items but take into account the exchange rate. I’m sure it cost the same to ship to the US as it does to the UK from Thailand (or wherever the camera is made) so why not charge the same. Why is it that the same if item is soo much more expensive in the UK?? Can anyone explain this to me? Because I end up not buying anything at all in the UK- clothing, shoes, bras (and lord knows I need a new one) because I know I can get it cheaper in the US.
This is the problem I have when I come to visit my family. I end up researching all these big (for me) ticket items to see if I’d save any money. The only problem with this is that most of these items are on my wish list. A list of things I WISH I had but don’t need and won’t be all that upset if I don’t get. I enjoy making my wish list and it being just that, a wish. In researching the saving I end up justifying the purchase and end up making the purchase.
Now I’m not saying this because I regret my purchase. I love my D200 and it will in the future allow me to make a living taking photographs. This purchase was discussed and researched before I left England.
Some of my favorite photos from these past 2 weeks.
Crabs at Colt State Park.
just lounging around
best friends!
marshmallow moon

4 Comments

  1. maria
    July 26, 2008 /

    shop away, girl!! Can’t wait to see a pic of the montage of stuff you do get.. S is getting BBIIIII HIIIIGGG!! Her hair is ssssoo long now.. easy to manage??

  2. July 26, 2008 /

    Nice camera!! I’m jealous!
    It’s amazing the price difference through the same company!

  3. Lindy
    July 26, 2008 /

    maria- her hair is very manageable. In the UK where it isn’t soo hot I just clip the fringe back out of her face and occasionally I will put it up in bunches. Here it’s usually up in all kinds of ways just to get it off her neck. I loove playing with her hair- one of the perks of having a girl. That and buying dresses with matching shoes!

    Jenty- I love it soo much and am glad I saved some money on it. Between the price coming down with the introduction of the D300 and the exchange rate it was a steal!

  4. Jo Beaufoix
    July 31, 2008 /

    Gorgeous pics Lindy. I love the bike and the car, and Squidge getting a cuddle. So beautiful.