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03-15-2015 12:33 AM  3 years agoPost 1
sseppala

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The U.S. Dollar value versus the Euro and other currencies has risen substantially, why have we not seen a reduction in the prices of Helis and components imported from Europe. Mikado, Minicopter, TDR, Kontronik and others are either making 30-40% more profit or they were losing money before.
I have not used new Kontronik components on any of my helis but if the cost had dropped commensurate with dollar's rise I could probably see some high quality components in the future. Here's hoping.

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03-15-2015 12:46 AM  3 years agoPost 2
dgoss999

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You pay in $ and the shop gets euro.. Who is doing your currency exchange? They are the ones getting the benefit!!

Europe prices won't change because the dollar is stronger.

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03-15-2015 12:49 AM  3 years agoPost 3
cjpainten

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Its like taxes and government programs... They never go down. Why would they share their profits when they don't have to? Its not like people don't buy high end European stuff in this hobby

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03-15-2015 01:04 AM  3 years agoPost 4
Trexwilly

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It is like the petrol station, if the price of crude goes up .25 a barrel, then you see the owner out changing the sign to raise the price of unleaded .15 a gallon... Before he has even had to resupply... BUT... as the cost drops on crude 15 bucks a barrel, it takes them three weeks to lower pump costs by .05...

60 gallons of crude make...

30 gallons of gas
20 gallons of diesel
6 gallons of jet A
10 pounds of Propane
small amounts of methane
some asphalt

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03-15-2015 01:19 AM  3 years agoPost 5
Motorg525

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We're off the gold standard, any money value is pretty much calculated or "made up" your never going to see any reductions

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03-15-2015 01:27 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Rudy

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Jeti radio has lower their prices here in the US due to the better exchange rate.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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03-15-2015 03:03 AM  3 years agoPost 7
turboomni

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Jeti radio has lower their prices here in the US due to the better exchange rate.
Not to argue but couldn't the reason also be they are not selling here in the US as they feel they should and have to lower prices?

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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03-15-2015 05:57 PM  3 years agoPost 8
Flys4Fun

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So overpriced euro stuff is just even more overpriced, lol. I seen that 'quality' fail more than once first hand and it just makes the pieces more expensive.

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03-15-2015 06:59 PM  3 years agoPost 9
Rudy

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Not to argue but couldn't the reason also be they are not selling here in the US as they feel they should and have to lower prices?
Anything is possibe, but giving their special painted models sold out at a higher price, and I'm seeing more and more of them at the flying fields I'm guessing that's not the case.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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03-15-2015 07:20 PM  3 years agoPost 10
KC

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Now is a good time to buy the really exotic stuff.

If you want the savings on Euro models, you need to order straight from Europe, not through US distributors.

Most distributors here purchased what they have in stock when the Euro was still $1.30:1 a few months ago.

Last I checked the exchange is around $1.05:1.

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03-15-2015 10:37 PM  3 years agoPost 11
sseppala

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Does anyone know if the import duty would offset the savings of buying from European shops?
I'm still hoping that we might see some reduction in the European products here in the US. Mikado USA should be the one set up best to pass some savings along if they were so inclined.

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03-15-2015 11:05 PM  3 years agoPost 12
Andy from Sandy

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It is like the petrol station, if the price of crude goes up .25 a barrel, then you see the owner out changing the sign to raise the price of unleaded .15 a gallon... Before he has even had to resupply... BUT... as the cost drops on crude 15 bucks a barrel, it takes them three weeks to lower pump costs by .05...
That same business model operates over here and the same for gas and electricity supplies.

I suspect your shops and distributors have lots in stock bought at the old price.

I would hope they would pass some of the savings when they re-stock.

Over here Mikado stuff has gone down in price quite a bit in the last few months with the rate being E1.30-1.40:£1

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03-15-2015 11:27 PM  3 years agoPost 13
Rudy

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Does anyone know if the import duty would offset the savings of buying from European shops?
There is no import duty when buying from European Shop's. This is why most stuff is made in China and imported to the US.

It should also be noted that a lot of prices on European shops web sites include a 17% VAT. If you order from the US you do not pay that 17%.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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03-15-2015 11:59 PM  3 years agoPost 14
Paul-PJH

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VAT in many european countries is even higher: up to 21%. Speaking for myself I will order less outside a Euro country at the moment due to the strong dollar, prices are risen more than 30 % in a few months. Spending money in local goods is preferred at the moment. I am glad that MA has become a european company, otherwise it will be almost not affordable.

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03-16-2015 02:36 AM  3 years agoPost 15
Qrrambero

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Well, when you buy from small business like Henseleit Helicopters (TDR), you will get the benefit of the strong dollar.
You do you transaction with Paypal and you get the right exchange.
I think Mikado has a warehouse in USA, and they have price set for USA dollar. Those are the two Euro Companies that I dealt with, in the past(12-14 years ago) I bought a Joker directly from Gerd, and the exchange was done by the bank when I wired the money.

Ae

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03-16-2015 02:44 AM  3 years agoPost 16
dominoedge

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So what you guys are saying is that right now would be a really good time to order a Diabolo 550 right from Germany?

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03-16-2015 03:15 AM  3 years agoPost 17
KC

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WA

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dominoedge, if its something you can't find here and would have to order from Europe, now is a good time.

I ordered a Logo last week from the USA distributor because they are here and do me good. That's not something I would order from Europe.

On the other hand, there is a rc plane only sold in France I have been wanting to buy for years. It will be around when I am ready...I hope!

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03-16-2015 08:37 AM  3 years agoPost 18
EEngineer

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60 gallons of crude make...
30 gallons of gas
20 gallons of diesel
6 gallons of jet A
10 pounds of Propane
small amounts of methane
some asphalt
Internet myths.....

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03-16-2015 12:32 PM  3 years agoPost 19
Heli_Splatter

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This is wonderful news for me... I will be in Germany and Italy in about 2 months... good times to travel.

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03-17-2015 04:52 PM  3 years agoPost 20
jbaum81

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Its not like people don't buy high end European stuff in this hobby
Too bad people in Europe / around the world are not buying "high end" American stuff. Too bad we don't make more stuff here

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