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Old 05-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #29
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Have you seen the price? I'm told that it is over $30k (UK pounds converted to US$)!
What you have to keep in mind is that to the British it cost $19000 simple as that about the same to them as it is for you paying the same for a new Casita in US dollars.

The fact the US dollar is weak against the British Pound doesnt enter the mind of the party buy on the other side of the big pond.
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Ive looked at many British caravans and most of them I wish I could own...generally really well done interiors... this one... if it was given to me I would sell it to but something nicer looking.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:14 AM   #31
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What you have to keep in mind is that to the British it cost $19000 simple as that about the same to them as it is for you paying the same for a new Casita in US dollars.

The fact the US dollar is weak against the British Pound doesn't enter the mind of the party buy on the other side of the big pond.
Well..maybe...but then again for purposes of comparison, the following all fiberglass unit costs them just 6995. Which would you choose?

FREEDOM MICROLITE BIJOUX 2013

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Price: 6,995.00
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #32
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What you have to keep in mind is that to the British it cost $19000 simple as that about the same to them as it is for you paying the same for a new Casita in US dollars.


I don't get the math- how does an amount of British pounds expressed as $30,000.00 U.S. become "the same thing as $18,000.00"?

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:54 PM   #33
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I don't get the math- how does an amount of British pounds expressed as $30,000.00 U.S. become "the same thing as $18,000.00"?

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You seemed to have missed the point Francesca.

On the international exchange board the British Pound Sterling is measured against the US currency equivalent - the dollar. Currently 1 British Pound has a value of 1.56 US Dollars. So a trailer selling for 18,000 British Pounds (the British equivalent of your dollar) is worth USD$28,009.80.

I am not going to the debate as to whether or not the trailer in question is worth that or not but keep in mind there are a couple of other popular brands of Fiberglass trailers selling in NA that are selling for that amount and more.

Perhaps using two counties that both call a dollar a dollar might be easier to understand what I was attempting to say in the post you are questioning.

I go to store in Canada and buy a chocolate bar for 1 Canadian dollar, you go to the store and buy the same chocolate bar for 1 US dollar. I walk away from the store feeling as though I only spent 1 dollar, the fact that I actually paid $1.01 based on the US equivalent dollar on the international market doesn't change the fact I did only pay one dollar in my country's dollar equivalent to the US dollar. In the case of the trailer a Brit would look at it as having paid 18,000 pounds (their dollar equivalent) not as 30,000 dollars as you do.

Pretty sure most Brits deal with it the same way - what a pound is worth on any given day against the US dollar unless one is traveling into the US doesn't change much in their decision making process when buying cars, trailers or homes or most other day to day items for that matter. But the simple truth is that due to the lower value of many US built items (due to lower overhead) I am pretty sure they do go online and cry (just as we in Canada often do) at how little American's pay for most things and wish like heck it was much easier to have some of those big ticket items shipped to us. In fact I found myself stuck for several hours at a car dealership south of the border last week and it really hit home hard as to how much cheaper cars are in the US vs the rest of the world, although just filling my car up with gas prior had pretty well reminded me of that
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You seemed to have missed the point Francesca.

On the international exchange board the British Pound Sterling is measured against the US currency equivalent - the dollar. Currently 1 British Pound has a value of 1.56 US Dollars. So a trailer selling for 18,000 British Pounds (the British equivalent of your dollar) is worth USD$28,009.80.

I am not going to the debate as to whether or not the trailer in question is worth that or not but keep in mind there are a couple of other popular brands of Fiberglass trailers selling in NA that are selling for that amount and more.

Perhaps using two counties that both call a dollar a dollar might be easier to understand what I was attempting to say in the post you are questioning.

I go to store in Canada and buy a chocolate bar for 1 Canadian dollar, you go to the store and buy the same chocolate bar for 1 US dollar. I walk away from the store feeling as though I only spent 1 dollar, the fact that I actually paid $1.01 based on the US equivalent dollar on the international market doesn't change the fact I did only pay one dollar in my country's dollar equivalent to the US dollar. In the case of the trailer a Brit would look at it as having paid 18,000 pounds (their dollar equivalent) not as 30,000 dollars as you do.

Pretty sure most Brits deal with it the same way - what a pound is worth on any given day against the US dollar unless one is traveling into the US doesn't change much in their decision making process when buying cars, trailers or homes or most other day to day items for that matter. But the simple truth is that due to the lower value of many US built items (due to lower overhead) I am pretty sure they do go online and cry (just as we in Canada often do) at how little American's pay for most things and wish like heck it was much easier to have some of those big ticket items shipped to us. In fact I found myself stuck for several hours at a car dealership south of the border last week and it really hit home hard as to how much cheaper cars are in the US vs the rest of the world are, although just filling my car up with gas prior had pretty well reminded me of that

So..effectively you are saying that irrespective of exchange rates, one UK pound in the UK has the buying power for consumer goods of one US dollar in the US. A one dollar item in the US would sell for one pound in the UK. They spend a pound the way that we spend a dollar.
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You seemed to have missed the point Francesca.

On the international exchange board the British Pound Sterling is measured against the US currency equivalent - the dollar. Currently 1 British Pound has a value of 1.56 US Dollars. So a trailer selling for 18,000 British Pounds (the British equivalent of your dollar) is worth USD$28,009.80.
I'm not a (complete) idiot- I do understand conversion rates. What I don't understand is the math involved wherein you determine that amount to "simply" be $19,000.00- the cost in U.S. dollars of a Casita.

Or isn't that what the following means?

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What you have to keep in mind is that to the British it cost $19000 simple as that about the same to them as it is for you paying the same for a new Casita in US dollars.
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So..effectively you are saying that irrespective of exchange rates, one UK pound in the UK has the buying power for consumer goods of one US dollar in the US. A one dollar item in the US would sell for one pound in the UK. They spend a pound the way that we spend a dollar.
Yup!

As stated in an early post it is very common in the UK for items to have a sticker price in Pounds that is the same as the sticker price in the US$. CD in London might have a sticker price of 10 pounds but in the US the same CD is priced at 10 US dollars. Very common to see on electronics as well, although things have gotten a bit better of late.

The only real advantage regarding the exchange rate those in the UK have is when they travel to USA and are actually able to use their favorable exchange rate to their advantage.
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I'm not a (complete) idiot- I do understand conversion rates. What I don't understand is the math involved wherein you determine that amount to "simply" be $19,000.00- the cost in U.S. dollars of a Casita.

Or isn't that what the following means?

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Oh phoo.. when I can't figure out pounds, etc. to US dollars I use: XE Currency Converter - Live Rates

I check it frequently to see what an new Escape 5.0 is REALLY going to cost me
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As stated in an early post it is very common in the UK for items to have a sticker price in Pounds that is the same as the sticker price in the US$. CD in London might have a sticker price of 10 pounds but in the US the same CD is priced at 10 US dollars. Very common to see on electronics as well, although things have gotten a bit better of late.
That means that stuff in the UK is really expensive. That is okay if they are also really well paid: then a person earning 90,00 Pounds/year could buy a 18,000 Pound trailer as easily as a person earning US$90,000/year could buy a US$18,000 trailer (or a Canadian earning C$90,000/year could buy a C$18,000 trailer)... 1/5th of their annual income either way. Do the Brits really rake in the cash at that rate (56% higher paid than in the U.S.)?

I think the trailer is just expensive.
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