Insane markup

A good deal came up on a mailing list I’m on: SAMSUNG 245BW Black High Glossy 24″ 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor for $459.99, or $409.99 after rebate, via Newegg.

A follow-up from a German poster: he’d just picked up a Dell 2407WFP-HC ‘for the low, low price of 659 EUR’.

We marvelled at the price difference — then I looked up forcomparison. I thought 659 EUR was bad, but is asking for 1,117.74 Euros inc VAT for the same product — insane!!

What possible excuse could there be for that? EUR 458.74 worth of shipping maybe? Do they encase it in platinum? That’s nearly three times the price of the Newegg monitor.

Update: Duh. I’m an idiot. That’s a 2707WFP, not a 2407WFP; it’s 3″ bigger and quite a bit fancier. It appears is no longer selling the 2407WFP.

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  1. Posted January 21, 2008 at 12:47 | Permalink

    Jusin, your link points at a 27″ Dell model – maybe that explains some of the price difference?

    (Not that I’m defending Dell or anything, 1000euro+ is a hell of a lot for a monitor – buy two 20″ models and set them up as a dual display!)

  2. Simon Boyle
    Posted January 21, 2008 at 14:56 | Permalink

    Don’t know if there’s a difference between the 245B and the 245BW, but Komplett is showing €439 inc. VAT for that monitor, which at least isn’t any where near the US/Euro rip off on a lot of software (normally MS and Adobe $ ammounts seem to be lower than the pre-VAT € prices).

  3. Posted January 24, 2008 at 12:10 | Permalink

    @John: duh, you’re right. I’m an idiot.

    @Simon: ok, that’s not a bad deal! Komplett ftw.

  4. Alan
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 13:13 | Permalink

    One thing to watch for in comparing panels is the underlying technologies. Most cheap ones are TN based. These have fast response times (and are heavily marketed this way) but have crap colour handling and viewing angles and are also often only 6-bit. This makes them lousy for digital photography and other things.

    S-IPS, S-PVA, and other better panel types can cost twice as much.

    More info and a DB of monitor types:

  5. Posted April 14, 2008 at 16:47 | Permalink

    You can’t compare a cheapo monitor like the Samsung 245BW to a monitor like the Dell 2407WFP. The viewing angle consistency on TN LCD monitors versus more expensive models is very noticeable when you have them side by side on your desk, like I do here (I have a Dell 2407WFP from about a year ago, and an Acer 22″ AL2216W). These cheap TN monitors tend not to have a portrait view in particular, because that would show up how awful their vertical viewing angle is.

    I’m sure you’ve seen this in most laptop screens, where if the hinge angle isn’t right, the contrast is all wrong, or at extreme angles, even inverted. That’s exactly the problem with TN monitors: depending on small vertical viewing angle changes, even 5~10 degrees, the contrast of the picture on screen changes. Very annoying if you are trying to be precise about it.