You know, this is at least the third thread in the last few days where the issue of MF digital pricing has come up. See here:
(hcubell's posts regarding pricing)
So, if you read these posts, you would think a P30+ costs somewhere between $15-23K, "depending on how good your bargaining skills are"!
Steve, I'm willing to assume that you're correct about the "price list" that started this thread being BS. But what would be helpful would be if you and the other dealers would actually publish prices on your websites. That way, everyone knows what the deal is.
William, whether you assume it or not, I am correct, since I sell the equipment. To assume I am not correct is to assume that I am not being truthful, and I know you wouldn't assume that.
The price that I sell a Hasselblad, Leaf or Sinar digital back is between me and the client I am working with. It is a private transaction between the customer and me. If the customer wishes to publicize it, that's their prerogative - I have no control over that.
The list prices for this equipment are published. The selling prices are not. Knowing the list price is a good start in terms of negotiating a price. I won't publicize my selling price because it is different for each customer. Which selling price am I supposed to publish?
But come on everyone - let's get real. Those of you who bought that price list have to be kidding yourselves, or have no real sense of economics. If I sell a Hasselblad HC lens, our margin from the manufacturer is 8%. Needless to say, we can't make a living selling those lenses. Dealers make a higher percentage on MFDB's, but to think that the margins are 40% or 50% is ridiculous.
You want advice on how to get the lowest price? Call the dealer with the worst service and support. That will save you a lot of time. Or, you could contact a dealer that's invested in these solutions that you trust and offers support, and form a relationship, and work with the dealer to come to a conclusion over the right solution. If you find a dealer like that, and there is some trust between you, you will get a good price. It may not be the lowest, but it won't be that far off.
However much more you spent in that transaction will vanish from your mind the first time you really need their help.