Lego prices

Hello,
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 ???
Regards,
Vincent BENNER
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Reply to
Vincent BENNER - PERSO
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Hello,
This is because the US has an economy that is less burdened by socialist government interference.
Net result, the French get free national healthcare, and we get cheap Lego! Whee!
Reply to
Neb Okla
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?
Reply to
Michael Shiels
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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Reply to
Stijn Colemont
Whereas YOU don't make sense, either that or you haven't a clue about European politics. Go back to school, little man...
Frogbèrt
Reply to
Frogbèrt
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 answer yet...
Regards,
Vincent BENNER
Reply to
Vincent BENNER - PERSO
Well, of course you don't *call* it socialist.
But if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... guess what?
Reply to
Neb Okla
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)
Reply to
Tine Andersen
Don't you think it's a little odd to pay 60-70% tax and think schools, roads, hospitals, and doctors are "free"?
Maybe if you paid 80% taxes, they'd "give" you "free" Lego too!
Reply to
Neb Okla
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 prices..."
Nice to meet you, Tine
Vincent BENNER
Reply to
Vincent BENNER - PERSO
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.
Lower Higher 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:
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Reply to
Neb Okla
You're incorrect. Canadian Lego prices are always cheaper than the US, taxes included. Canada might very well be the cheapest place in the world to buy Lego.
Calum
Reply to
Calum Tsang
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 included?
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.
Reply to
Neb Okla
Here's an amusing story about "free" healthcare. The problem, it seems, is that you can only get it if you are alive.
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This dead man can't get any medical treatment until he is deemed alive again.
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Neb Okla

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