|Originally posted by Acropora
Was wondering, if you order off the internet from a company based in Europe or Japan, what do you end up paying in import taxes? ie. what gets added to price to get it to your front door? 10%, 20%?
The price to import direct from Japan WILL be less than $2k, all taxes, shipping, etc. included. Probably even lower following initial introduction.
There are considerable downsides, however. You will be buying a unit meant for Japan market. There may or may not be power-supply issues (you will likely have to buy a different cable, at the least) You don't get an English manual (although you may be able to find a .pdf),. Onscreen display will default to Japanese (probably easy to change..) and most importantly, you don't get a US warranty. You might be able to arrange warranty service via the retailer, but you will have to pay round-trip shipping to Japan, which can be quite expensive, and somewhat of a hassle.
I would hold off for the official US release offering. Don't be too concerned with MSRP. In many cases this is a fantasy price anyways. The market will determine a REAL price. We know there is a LOT of margin built into that MSRP, so it's VERY likely street price will be considerably lower.