Hi Jim,another_jim wrote:<snip>
I liked the Compak best of the ones I tested, since it had a slightly better motor than its rivals. It's good to hear that they've improved the flimsy on/off switch as well. Sadly, their US importer is currently not making this model available at even a remotely reasonable price, the US MSRP is about 60% higher than in the rest of the world. So I suspect that other commercial conicals grinders will be the norm in the US market.
Quite frankly, I don't understand how espresso manufacturers regularly end up destroying themselves like this here in the US. Cimbali and Reneka are two more examples -- they own large chunks of the market everywhere on the planet except the US, where they are not a factor, since their importers add medieval level markups.
Sad story. The price Chris Coffee asks is $ 1.417,50 for the K10 WBC. Calculated to Euros gives me 1.124,87. I paid Euros 1.129,= which is about the same amount.
Both 1st-line and Espressoparts ask $ 1.417,50. Weird though is that these two companies pretend they give a discount by quoting $ 2.025 as being the regular price ("You save $ 607,50"). Since several years, this cheating practice is outlawed in my country. These two companies should be ashamed about themselves. In what way Compak USA is involved in this pricing affair is hard to tell. Anyway, the grinder is great and that's the point, as is the real (competitive, I think) price to be paid.
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