HUSQVARNA rip-off pricing in NZ

So, I came across an interesting, but not surprising thing with Husqvarna MSRP prices in NZ compared to USA.

I recently looked at Husqvarna 445 and when googled for it, I got multiple MSRP prices (one for NZ, on for AU and another for USA).

Husqvarna 445 MSRP by country:
USA: 329.95 USD

AU: 899.00 AUD (~$690 USD)

NZ: 1019.00 NZD (~$745 USD)

According to NZ customs duty calculator using US MSRP price as base the fair MSRP price in NZ should have been $599 NZD (~$440 USD).

What is with the ~$150 USD price difference between NZ and Australia? According to Husqvarna Americans are twice better than Australians and more than twice better than Kiwis. They treat Kiwis like chumps that will buy thing at whatever prices Husqvarna feels like.

Guess what, from now on I will be avoiding the Husqvarna until these greedy corporate types will pull their heads out of their asses and set fair MSRP prices. In this global economy it is very stupid not to have standardised prices across the globe.

If I really wanted to buy one, no way in hell I would be buying it in NZ, as for about $150NZ I can get it shipped from the states.

3 thoughts on “HUSQVARNA rip-off pricing in NZ

  1. Marcin

    Interesting. Now, almost two years later, I had to check the prices here in Sweden, where the Husqvarna brand has its roots. According to their swedish site, the MSRP is 6000 SEK which is roughly 970 NZD. Not too far from what they charge you. But… If i looked at the actual store prices, most of them had flattened out at 3900 SEK (~630 NZD). So my conclusion is that Americans, with their cut-throat economy, are accustomed to MSRPs being actual store prices, while the rest of us are supposedly morons, who feel they have made a real bargain when buying an article at 2/3 of the MSRP. Even though there are no stores offering it at the MSRP levels.

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    1. iamroot Post author

      I have given up on Husqvarna and bought a comparable Shindaiwa for 2/3rds of the price. The thing that sold me wasn’t actually the price, what sold me is that Shindaiwa is actually made in Japan, while the Husqvarna was looking at is made in China.
      I could not find any reasonably priced Husqvarna chainsaw anyway, it seems that local distributors are stuck up and never answered my queries.

      If you are looking at entry level but not junk chainsaw Shindaiwa or Echo is the best bet (both have same parent company and made in Japan), rest of sub $1000 saws will be made in China.

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