Amazon craziness. I don't like it: On the German amazon until a few days ago the DP3M sold for about EUR 800, then it suddenly dropped to EUR 730 (so I bought one), and later the same day it dropped to EUR 530, now it's up at 570.
Wow, I just checked www.amazon.de
and the DP3 Merrill is going for Euro 475 (for orders shipped to the U.S.) plus shipping for about Euro 17. Taking the purchase all the way to the end, the total is Euro 493 for the Sigma DP3 Merrill and 5-10 business day shipping to the U.S., which comes to about US$667, as of November 23.
I'll have to have my German friend review this to make sure I'm not making any mistakes translating the site (you can also use Google Chrome which can do an auto translation of the page).
There is no VAT, since it is being shipped out of the EC. The posted price is Euro 566, but when I add it to the shopping basket for shipping to the U.S., the price drops to Eur 475, and then adds Eur 17 shipping.
I've had DVDs shipped to me from the UK, and there was a small shipping fee, but no additional duty, so i think this should be a final price of US$667, once converted. I will use a Capital One credit card which doesn't charge a foreign conversion fee, and I plan to order in Euro.
Will let you know what happens.
If anyone knows if there are any US import duty or taxes that apply, please post that info. I haven't seen anything mentioned online yet.
EDIT: Note that this price is only for orders shipped to the US. This is what the order page looks like:
Artikel: EUR 475,56
Verpackung & Versand: EUR 16,99
Gesamtbetrag: EUR 492,55
Oben genannte Preise verstehen sich inklusive Mehrwertsteuer. Informationen anzeigen.
Lieferung voraussichtlich: 30. November 2013 - 6. Dezember 2013
Sigma Merrill DP3 Digitalkamera (46 Megapixel, 7,6 cm (3 Zoll) LCD-Display, SD-/SDXC-Kartenslot) schwarz
Nur noch 4 auf Lager (mehr ist unterwegs).
Anzahl: 1 Ändern Menge von Sigma Merrill DP3 Digitalkamera (46 Megapixel, 7,6 cm (3 Zoll) LCD-Display, SD-/SDXC-Kartenslot) schwarz aus 1
Verkauf durch: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
The site below has discussion regarding the issue of duty when importing from Germany to the U.S.:http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00ZQX6
Attached is a screen capture of the order email from Amazon.de