I'd like to by a set at lego.com but I found a
really big price diffenrece when I change the
destination country :
In France, this set costs 165 euros
In USA, it costs only 125 dollars (this make
110 euros at the current day)
How can you explain such a difference ???
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Some of the price difference for sure is the very high VAT/Taxes added in
Europe, to the listed price, while in USA/CAnada taxes are added after the
listed price, so in the end they are probably not that far off of each
other. Ontario has 15% taxes added, not as high as VAT which I have heard
can be as high as 20-25% right?
Yup, that's right.
In Belgium we pay 21% VAT.
I think the highest is Denmark (home of LEGO) where VAT is 25%
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In France, VAT is about 20%. It means that a
$125 sold in USA should be sold $150 in
France (about 128 euros). How yet to explain
such a difference when you sell if 165 euros !
With the $/? parity, you should have at least
150 euros ?
I wrote to legoshop but I don't have any
We (socialists in Europe) prefer to have the security for all, having free
schools, roads, hospitals and doctors. If that gives us a little less LEGO
it's OK. It's worth it. You call it socialism - I call it resposibility.
Tine, Denmark (paying aprox 60-70% tax and not complaining)
I feel that Neb confused alt.misc.politic
and rec.toys.lego !
And, therefore, I don't have any answer
to my first question "How to explain such
difference between US prices ans Europe
Nice to meet you, Tine
Lego USA has a factory in Enfield, CT, USA. This allows them to sell to
North American markets for less than they could if the products had to be
imported from Europe.
Canadian prices are also higher due to GST and VAT - higher still in Quebec
which has an even higher tax.
I have no information on Lego prices in Mexico. They may be serviced by a
different factory since the print materials I typically see are printed in
English/French only and do not mention Mexico.
This arrangement is not uncommon. I actually work for a Swiss company, but
they have a North American headquarters (where I work) that allows them to
sell products in the US at a substantially lower cost.
There is a spectrum of political beliefs regarding taxation - which is the
primary cause of Lego price differences (along with strength of local
currencies). On one side, you have the US, with lower taxes, then as you go
on toward the more European style tax systems, you end up with higher taxes.
USA < Canada < Quebec < Europe
Lego prices follow these guidelines.
Just out of curiosity, here's a VERY short quiz on political beliefs. I
wonder where you stand:
It's interesting that you say this, because I frequently travel between
Windsor and Montreal by way of Toronto.
I check Lego prices along the way - and after taxes, they are usually more
expensive or the same price as the same set in the US.
I have found some older sets on the shelves at "The Bay" and such. When you
can't find the sets at all stateside, then there really isn't a comparison -
but these were on sale, as the older sets are typically in the US as well.
Just out of curiosity, how much is the RIS 2.0 in Montreal - all taxes
Based on my info, in addition to higher sales taxes, you're also paying
about the same income tax that Americans do.
So unless The LEGO Group is subsidizing Canadian Lego purchases, it
shouldn't be the cheapest place to buy.