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    Garmin & TomTom pricing review April 2010

    My business neighbour came in to the shop wanting to buy the TomTom GO950, gave him a price and quoted me he could get one in from UK at a substantially lower price. He also stated that the UK one comes with all of Europe as well Australia. However, I could not find this to be the case.... yet. Then it got me thinking, have I been harsh on Garmin alone with regards to their mismatched pricing between our prices and those over seas? Well, I guess I have and I am willing to put the others in with them if they are rorting Australians. The exchange rate is currently 61pence to the AUD$1.

    I will start with TomTom with RRP prices converted to AUD and included maps:

    Note: NA = USA & Canada, AU/NZ = Australia & New Zealand, EU = Europe

    TomTom

    GO950 EU/NA $490
    GO950 AU/NZ/EU $650

    GO750 EU/NA $400
    GO750 AU/NZ $400

    One Start EU $200
    One Start AU $180


    Rider 2 EU $655
    Rider 2 AU $800
    Rider 2 NA $760

    Rider Car mount EU $79
    Rider car mount AU $135

    Go Home Charger EU $35
    Go Home Charger AU $49
    Go Home Charger NA $27

    Can be noted that the GO950 is only 40 (AUD$66) dearer than the GO750, so why the huge discrepency for the Australian market? Interstingly though the other models are quite comparable to it's overseas counterpart except the TomTom Rider 2, shocking discrepency!


    Garmin:


    Nuvi 1690 EU $525
    Nuvi 1690 AU/NZ $599
    Nuvi 1690 NA $489

    Nuvi 1390T EU $380
    Nuvi 1390T AU/NZ $330
    Nuvi 1390T NA $295

    Nuvi 1490T EU $330
    Nuvi 1490T AU/NZ $400
    Nuvi 1490T NA $380

    Edge 705 no cadence EU $540
    Edge 705 no cadence AU $600 * just been dropped to $500
    Edge 705 no cadence NA $500

    Zumo 660 EU $870
    Zumo 660 AU/NZ $1,000
    Zumo 660 NA $870

    Zumo 220 EU $655
    Zumo 220 AU $700
    Zumo 220 NA $652

    Oregon 450 EU $655
    Oregon 450 AU $600
    Oregon 450 NA $435

    GPSMap 60CSx EU $540
    GPSMap 60CSx AU $500
    GPSMap 60CSx NA $435

    eTrex EU $140
    eTrex AU $150
    eTrex NA $110

    GPS60 EU $245
    GPS60 AU $270
    GPS60 NA $210


    USB Cable EU $12
    USB Cable AU $19
    USB Cable NA $16

    4.3" Carry Case EU $18
    4.3" Carry Case AU $29
    4.3" Carry Case NA $30

    Nuvi Dash Mount EU $25
    Nuvi Dash Mount AU $35
    Nuvi Dash Mount NA $25


    Oregon Nav kit AU $70
    Oregon Nav kit NA $50

    What do I get from this? Well certainly the accessories are over priced but with the GPS, it seems to depend on Garmin Europe or Garmin Australia as to what the prices are, and probably dependant on what TomTom are doing. It was difficult to get any idea of pricing of TomTom in USA as most models are with different model numbers and same can be said for many Garmin navigators in Europe.

    Garmin Australia receive their stock direct from Garmin Taiwan, however, Garmin USA would be free of Duties and as they are a US company have certain concessions even though the factory is in Taiwan. But is that reason enough to have prices that vary from model to model? With the Aussie dollar all over the place you have to take that into account. What I can't take into account is that there is no consistancy in the pricing difference.

    But just looking at the Oregon 450, Edge 705, TomTom 950 and the TomTom Rider 2 it is clear that in these cases the prices are way over the top and are unreasonable whilst some are very comparitive indeed; it just seems to be a whim or a net profit issue by category. Who knows but certainly makes you want to shop around to see what is out there.

    TomTom are based in Europe but use an IT distributor to market within Australia which can account for some additional margin. Garmin distribute directly.
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    Well, Garmin just announced a drop in price in the Edge 705 by $100...... keep going, keep going, and add a free Garmin Topo to it whilst you are there
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  3. Obviously for the longweekend, there seems to be a number of prices drops at present. Especially for the Garmin kits. The 1490T is advertised dowm from $399 to $339 in most stores including Officeworks where we just picked one up. The 765 is also down to about $299 where it was once around $400 (but it is an item about to be superceded)

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    The Nuvi 765 has already been superceded, by nothing!
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    Nicko, The price you are quoting are these cost price or the price you sell them for??,

    like in everything people sell they mark up the price to take their cut....

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    I think you need to re-read what those prices are.... if you click on the banner at the top it takes you to our prices
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