Why are the Honda Branded EGO Batteries Less Expensive (15-20% EXC. VAT to USA) than what is charged at Home Depot in USA?

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could ship the HBP40 (4.0 AMP EGO BA2240)  to the USA for cheaper, even with the currency conversion, than walk into Home Depot, and buy the same battery, and wait for it to ship from Atlanta, GA. I highly doubt there's any form of DRM on these, which means they are easily swappable between the Honda stickered models (in red), and the EGO stickered models (in green). What gives EGO?

Patience may be a virtue on shipping, but I'd gladly ship the Honda Branded ones to my house if there's this much of a discount.

http://www.gardenmachinerydirect.co.uk/accessories-attachments/honda-hbp40-ah-battery.html

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-56-Volt-4-0-Ah-Battery-BA2240/205163019
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Nitin

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How do we know if a Honda battery will fit into EGO tools?
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They are exactly the same, with Honda's colors and badging on it. They have a joint venture with Honda in the UK.
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are those honda batteries available here in the U.S. ?
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No (or at least not yet, if Honda actually acquires EGO for worldwide purposes), but the distributor is willing to ship them here it seems, as well as other distributors from a quick google search. Listing pricing sans VAT typically means they will ship it out of the country, and with the $ amount, for $ amount close to free, as long as you don't want it overnight.

I can clearly see from this particular distributor that they will sell just about any standalone part or battery for less than what it costs in the states. Seems to be plenty others from google.
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Home Depot is likely pricing the product for what this market will bear. Perhaps things are more competitive in the battery OPE market in the U.K.?
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Pricing for the mostly monopoly they have here, since independents have trouble touching their price :)
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Price with VAT is comparable to the price in the U.S., so I would guess the sellers in the UK adjust for that.

I guess my question would be how much does shipping a heavy lithium-ion battery (with hazardous materials requirements) to the U.S. add to the cost?
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US customers (or anyone out of the EURO) don't pay VAT, it's excluded. That's why I only bring that up.

Ken, your right on the shipping costs, but for what you are spending in either case, I expect most of it is already baked into the price of the good, considering how it's handled at the national level, here in the US. If for whatever reason the shipping magically becomes more than $50.00 per battery, then of course it's a problem, and defeats my question.
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Sounds like a potential "group buy" in the making....  :)
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The 80v Kobalt trimmer at Lowes is re-branded Greenworks.  However, they made a light modification to the battery/tool so that the batteries would NOT interchange (physically cannot be inserted into the tool).  I'm not sure if Ego did the same with the Honda rebrand.  And while this might work, unless Ego specifically says it will not void your warranty, I would assume that it would.
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