I've been shopping for doing some touring, and notice that retail prices still remain pegged at half again their US counterparts, or even more. What is up with this? Retailers about 6 months ago were quick to point out the vagaries of the supply chain--well, it's now been 6 months, and I think the chain has sorted itself. And I know that 2008 bike orders had to have been made recently. Yet, a Surly Long Haul Trucker is $1200 here, $900 in the USA. An Ortlieb Pannier that's $140-$150 in the USA is $230 at one local shop that I think has representative prices.
Colour me confused, if not outraged. Anyone know the scoop? Are we just being taken, or is there some other factor?