Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 30 Jan 2018.
...only about a 35% mark up on UK consumers then, taking into account an average 5% US sales tax and a £1 to $1.40 exchange rate.
Corsair, you rip off merchants.
Do you seriously expect anything less from Corsair??
Personally, I would suggest they sort out their quality control issues before inflating their product prices like they're the best thing since sliced bread.
US price without tax $129
UK price without tax £116 (as 116+ 20% = 139)
$129 at current exchange rate = £91.28
91.28 + 27% = 115.9 (aka close enough to 116)
So it is a 27% premium before HMRC takes our wallets to the cleaners.
That said, we all know how it goes: We get to pay the premium when the exchange rate drops, but not reap the benefits when it goes up and that is not specific to Corsair products.
Pricing aside, it’s nice to see some genuinely useful features in though. Having lost a keyboard to an unfortunate very minor water spill, this would have been handy. It’s like with phones, no doubt there will be a race to displaying keyboards in fish tanks or something soon.
The Corsair US web site actually lists this at $119.99. They also list a version with Cherry MX Blue switches.
I understand why they would use volume up/down buttons in an IP-rated keyboard, but I would definitely miss the lovely knurled volume roller.
Now if only they would do a tenkeyless version
Nice KB, shame about the price mark up, makes it a def no no for me.
Corsair has responded to the UK price qualms with a price cut. The full update is posted in the Conclusion and also repeated here:
Update 31/01/18: Following feedback on this forum and others, Corsair has taken a second look at UK pricing and is now selling the K68 RGB for £120 including VAT, as evidenced by its in-stock listing here at Scan. While we are not sure how it ever thought £140 was a justifiable price to begin with, £120 is definitely fairer given the $120 (excluding taxes) retail price in the US.
Oh, I'll tell you how, Corsair HQ simply hadn't updated their automatic pricing controls, they will no doubt enter a retail cost price in $ for the item in question, which in turn will automatically price it in local currencies of their overseas markets, which will then get sent out to retailers in said countries.
...they obviously hadn't updated the £/$ exchange rate on their systems, which was no doubt still based around the £1=$1.20 to $1.25 level (how convenient for them)
..of course, this should result in an across the board price drop on all their products in the UK to reflect the new exchange rate (yeah right!!!)
This would be correct and you will actually see this soon across the board soon on a lot of products although its not an easy task as it has to go via the whole channel.
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