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Shopping for a top case for my scooter.
Piaggio case with Piaggio mounting...ebay Europe.
(have also seen prices of 135 Euros for the case and mount combo)
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If I wanted to add a light bar I'd be looking at an outlay of nearly 20% of the MSRP of my scooter if I bought US.

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How attached are you to the idea of a Vespa topcase? I'm happy with my GIVI 450 case: 45 liter, optional light kit, comes with a universal mounting plate. I had to get the heavy bar end weights and the piece that bolts the folding rear rack down flat, but it was a small extra cost.

They also have smaller sizes.
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At the official Piaggio dealer in my country this is about 220$ too. The prices of the ebay are different everywhere. It is not US vs. Europe difference.
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If you want a factory color matched case, you'll need to get the vespa case.

Givi and Shad are aftermarket that are both very high quality for quite a bit less.

Admore Lighting has LED kits for top cases that go behind the lenses of the Givi cases. Worth every penny.
This is the kit for my Givi V46 with running, brake, and turn signals
This is the kit for my Givi V46 with running, brake, and turn signals
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Lord Ickenham wrote:
At the official Piaggio dealer in my country this is about 220$ too. The prices of the ebay are different everywhere. It is not US vs. Europe difference.
$220 beats the snot out of $420 Stateside!

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OldSchooot wrote:
Lord Ickenham wrote:
At the official Piaggio dealer in my country this is about 220$ too. The prices of the ebay are different everywhere. It is not US vs. Europe difference.
$220 beats the snot out of $420 Stateside!

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Yes, that's right. You see, how good my relationship with money.
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Today I mounted a SHAD SH39 Carbon to my scoot. I feel it looks right size wise on the scooter and an easy fit plate to folding OE rear carrier. I used two of the OE female threaded holes and two Shad screws to mount.
They sell aftermarket top case with color plates if your after that look. My scoot is gloss black so the black/carbon looks good for me.
I passed on an Amazon SH33 case at $70-it is reduced as being a warehouse return but is new. That model is very close to an OE Vespa case & Shad makes those anyway, plus many other mfg.'s stuff. You could paint a black case white if your as tight as me?
FWIW the actual plastic is black on ALL! of them before painted.
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One reason is that US dealers seem to be accustomed to a mark-up of >75% (I've seen 100%) on their cost price of 'accessories'. I can also see why they do this.

In the EU, where far more parts and accessories are sold, the normal mark-up is rarely above 25%, and often much less.

All down to volume - and in the EU dealers often buy in all their parts etc, they don't get them on Piaggio's finance. Bikes on the showroom floor are usually fully paid for already, not part of a loan from Piaggio.

EU dealers tend to have been established for 30, 40, 50+ years - they own their own stock and building and whatever outright. They aren't the sort of start-up businesses that happen in the US.

It's down to different financial cultures.
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That above makes sense for OE dealer floor accessories bought here but not the same for the SHAD case I just bought. They are available from German scooter parts dealers much cheaper in the USA, even after shipping costs, that are obviously about twice that of a lower 48 shipped case that comes from the distributor here in FL. only logical that the USA distributor would be bring them in on the cheap in containers, thus their markup is higher than the German price break within the EU? And SHAD also sells direct from a USA website so it's not the middleman thing.
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