There are well over a couple of hundred million americans and hobbiest woodworking is very, very popular whilst there are only 53 million brits and woodworking is not a populr hobby or business by comparison. Economies of sales - you sell perhaps 100 times more items in America than England and so profit on each can be less.
Also, there is import duty and VAT + a markup for our retailers.
Generally you will always find the price in England is numerically very close to American despite the exchange rate.
I don't like it but it is both reansonable and realisitc.
Simple economics my foot.
Festool are made in Germany so there is little transport cost to UK while USA is over 3,000 miles away so transport costs are far higher with overland transport adding more.
When another German make went up significantly in the spring the company selling them blamed the exchange rate.
With the pound far stronger the price against the euro should have gone down not up.
This country has a long history of over charging which is constantly denied despite it being proved.
When British goods are cheaper in Europe the point is proven.
"When another German make went up significantly in the spring the company selling them blamed the exchange rate.
With the pound far stronger the price against the euro should have gone down not up."
Alas Dewy, when GBP is stronger than the €, or the € is weaker than GBP,(whickever way you want to look at) prices will rise in the UK. Simple economics. At the beginning of the year the mid-market spot rate was €1.52 or in other words the Euro was worth 66p. The rate today is €1.43 odd or 70p. Therefore £100 would buy €152 at the earlier rate. At todays rate £100 would only buy €143, hence you get less € for your £ and the UK price increases.