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    ? Well, I guess that's what eBay is for. Even with customs, that would be a huge savings.

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    That's incredible! Why is the price so high?

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    UK vendors are all like that. There is maybe 1 place in the UK I'd buy knives from. How about a Miyabi Birchwood for $600?

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    Same in Norway

    Insane pricing!

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    400 quid with free shipping though

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    That's incredible! Why is the price so high?
    I'm guessing high rent, taxes (import, consumption, payroll, environment, etc etc), regulation, minimum wage, naive customers and lack of competition. Just like in Australia.

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    I always find it strange the folks in the rest of the world never seem to realize their high prices are the result of equally high taxes at every level to pay for their all so superior social systems. Sorry guys, you can't have it both ways. But it is kind of funny when a kitchen knife is far cheaper in the U.S. than in the country it was made in.

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    I think big prices like maxim shows are just an example of opportunistic vendors in a market where there is no competition. They price a knife crazy high and put some generic stuff about the steel that sounds good to casual knife buyers and hope someone who normally buys more common brands like Global or Wusthof believes the marketing spiel and pays the super-high prices.

    Maybe taxes are partly to blame but I think it is also a little more sinister than than from the point of the vendors. I have seen a couple of UK knife vendors that sell knives nearly the same prices as in the States

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodle Soup View Post
    I always find it strange the folks in the rest of the world never seem to realize their high prices are the result of equally high taxes at every level to pay for their all so superior social systems. Sorry guys, you can't have it both ways. But it is kind of funny when a kitchen knife is far cheaper in the U.S. than in the country it was made in.
    Thanks to the internet/ebay shopping, exchange rates, and Australian Medicare/UK NHS, we can and do have it both ways.

    But I'm touched by your concern.

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