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[AUS] #41999 4x4 Crawler Unusually Low AUD Price

edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
Has anyone else noticed this? The USD RRP for #41999 is $200, followed closely by the AUD RRP at $220. Both qualify for free shipping. The AUD has recently slipped against the greenback and is trading at around 10% below parity. So there's effectively *no* AUD mark-up for this set, something which I find astonishing. Compare it with #10224 Town Hall, $200 USD as opposed to $300 AUD, at that was when the AUD was trading at 10% *above* parity. Less extreme but more recent is the #10240 UCS X-Wing, still an $80 markup from the $200 USD.

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything but what's going on?
Eric

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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Gift for those down under?

    Perhaps distribution has gotten better and this will be a new trend?
  • edgarallanpoe1422edgarallanpoe1422 AustraliaMember Posts: 131
    The Crawler seems to be an outlier though, the #10234 Opera House, at $399 AUD as opposed to $319 USD, is a 25% mark-up. Still somewhat below what we're used to, but *appreciably* more than 10%.
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    On current exchange rates I believe we get it the cheapest of anywhere.

    AU: $219.99AUD
    US: $223.90AUD
    UK: $240.76AUD
    NZ: $263.30AUD
    EU: $267.70AUD
    CA: $270.42AUD

    Strange one for sure, if only this was a sign of things to come.

    I tend to think that this set was priced before our $ fell against the USD, although it still would have been a good price.

    My worry is that the next wave of Lego (or the one after that) will reflect the currency change and prices will head north again.
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    Glad to see the guys down under catching a break on prices.. Normally they are forced to pay outrageous prices for their sets...
  • jtrjtr Member Posts: 37
    It seems the general tend for the AUD/US price gap is decreasing - Cinema palace (vs pet shop) would be another example of this trend.
  • NintendawgNintendawg Member Posts: 18
    Yeah, that is mostly true. Licensed themes are where the ripping off goes on.
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