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 Post subject: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:19 pm 
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Hi,
Is the UK exempt from the recent Ricknebacker (2007/2008) price increases as they are still retailing in all stores for the same price with no increase in price, whereas the USA stores have increased the prices?
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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:09 am 
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The U.K distributor sets the RRP in the U.K., not us. However, their cost went up along with our increase but on the other hand, the pound has gained against the dollar, so they may have cancelled out. For awhile.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:27 pm 
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And then some.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Look at Guitar Guitar it is £2,359 for a 4003 crazy just crazy !!!!


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 11:13 am 
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I think they call it inflation, a game invented by the Suit&Tie Johns with no understanding what so ever for the pounding heart of a Rickenbacker fan. But mind that inflation can always be counteracted with infatuation and the sinister tricks of the pinstripe gang with the art of theft. :o
Only joking :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:03 pm 
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Bear in mind these are all replies to a 2008 post . . . doesn't seem that the world has come to a standstill in the meantime.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
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I replied to a post from may 8 2017, that´s not so long ago unless there´s something with my Nokia 3310 from 2001 that has no connection with the net anymore...
But still, 1,5-2 years ago Guitar Guitar wanted £1,499 for a 4003S, today they advertise them for £2,079, an increase with £580 in just 1,5-2 years. A pretty beefy inflation. :o


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 7:18 am 
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Two years ago the pound was trading at $1.59. More recently it's been down as low as $1.21. On that basis, my calculation is that inflation is a "beefy" 5%. Given that prices are not set in real time to the currency and that they may well have to absorb a further downward trend of the pound over time, I personally wouldn't begrudge them that much wiggle room.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:58 am 
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Sorry John, no offence, but... from 1,499 to 2,079 it´s 38,7%. That´s a lot of money for a struggling musician with a tight budget. But with Brexit coming up... I think it could be better to look elsewhere than Britain. Sad but true


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 Post subject: Re: UK Rickenbacker price increase?
 Post Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 11:57 am 
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Sorry, but I don't think my point was made or taken. You need to convert to dollars to compare, which is to say the two year ago price was approx. $2380 dollars versus $2515 now.

Also, distributors who have to pay in a foreign currency need to have a "spread" to cover their costs over the long haul. I think they are preparing of a large hit, as you say, with Brexit.


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