Price difference across countries for a same "brand/maker" viola?
Why is it that I am seeing this certain viola for sale on for 1300 euro in this online european luthier shop while when I try to buy the same thing here in Canada or USA, the same viola is around 3500 canadian dollars?
It just seems too good to be true when I can just order form europe. Is there catch? lol
That's quite a difference even if that viola is being sold where it was made. Check if you can at least try it first. Could be that specific viola doesn't sound as good? Check if the other items are also much higher in that Canadian/USA site you're shopping from. Could be that shop is just overall more expensive. Just guessing.
I know. No they sell them in all sizes so I don't think that's the case. It's online so I can't try it out or anything but I'm just so tempted because I heard that specific model I'm looking at is apparently really good instrument for its price.
Some online stores do trials, but then it's coming from Europe and shipping all the way to America. Will definitely be a gamble if there's no returns and shipping sounds scary too. Have you checked if there's possibilities of that viola brand being a counterfeit?
True. It's jay haide l'ancienne maggini viola. Not sure why anyone would copy a "copy" of maggini model lol
If it seems to good to be true, it usually is. I'd guess that if you try to buy it at that price something will "come up" that will render the seller unable to come through. Surely you should use a payment system that will protect you if something goes wrong.
Maybe you can try emailing Jay Haide. Also email that European store if they have a certificate.
Unfortunately there's no way to know what you are getting. Sometimes, certain shop have a relationship with the supplier and are able to access a selection of the best of a batch, while others are just content to get anything that carries the label (i.e. what's left!) hence selling for less of profit margin. The instrument setup is also important. If ordering online, you should budget at least $200-300 for setup by a local luthier. Then there are the unscrupulous ones who put fake labels on cheap Chinese blanks finished locally. You know the saying... if it sounds too good to be true...
It could easily be the same model. Remember these are made in China which is a low wage economy and the mark up is around a 1000%. There is plenty of room for differential pricing in different zones.
There are all sorts of variables and trying to figure out why could be next to impossible.
My son just upgraded his Jay Haide viola. Something to make sure about: there are at least 3 different viola levels in the Jay Haide lineup. The price you mention sounds like the basic or middle model price, not the l'ancienne.
Thanks for the insight!
Wholesale dealer price for a Jay Haide violin should be roughly half of retail, since the euro price is somewhat less than this I suspect something is not right, unless it is some kind of close out hard to sell model, or with some defect, etc.
Retailers have some leeway with prices (I got 20% off mine since I bought it as a set) but 1300 euros is suspiciously inexpensive. I would contact them just to see why there is such a price difference.
BTW, "Maggini" copies often sound better than "Strad" copies where violas are concerned.
I am not really surprised. Import tax and fees can add up, someones doubling the price of the product.
"Why is it that I am seeing this certain viola for sale on for 1300 euro in this online european luthier shop while when I try to buy the same thing here in Canada or USA, the same viola is around 3500 canadian dollars?"