Really? If this rumour turns out to be fact, I just have to wonder if Nikon bV are trying to go out of business. They are just about to stop me buying any Nikon Europe lenses at all. There is a current thread about grey imports - if this price increase goes ahead, and considering the fact that Nikon lenses only have a one year guarantee, I don't feel I would actually be missing out on too much by buying grey.
Firstly your recourse is with the retailer not Nikon themselves.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 states for the first 30 days you can just reject faulty items for a full refund. After 30 days, for the next 5 months, the retailer can have one shot at repairing the item. After that, if you can prove a manufacturing fault you can claim for up to 6 years.
This might make an item, bought abroad, less attractive - although I guess a grey item bought from a UK retailer would be covered as above.
As for the Canon story - I recall a similar issue with Kubota tractors a few years back and Kubota US won - so the odds may be on Canon US's side:
However, Kubota Europe were never able to achieve the same trick - so maybe in Canon Europe try it they too will fail?
Obviously tractors and cameras are not the same - but I offer it as a thought.
In my experience here in the UK, I will never buy any Nikon product through a shop then, if it goes wrong, return it for repair to the shop. They will just package or repackage the item inadequately and send it off to Nikon just the same as I would have and it will be returned to them during which process I am out of the loop whereas I will either go over the top in packaging and ask Nikon to be certain to re-use my packaging to return it to me, or drop it in to the repair centre and collect it after repair. That takes a week to ten days whereas the same process through a grey import company is something you cannot be in any way sure of. It may be sent to the other side of the world in packaging that doesn't protect it well and for how long? Will the foreign repair centre understand and/or find the fault and how long will all this take? you could lose it for at least a month and have it returned no fault found, or other 'impact damage' done during transit so they want to charge for the repair or if it happens on the return journey, it comes back with a different problem. If the lens fails outside warranty it is chargeable anyway, so I would take it to Nikon UK and get it fixed and pay for it just the same.
Bodies are a different kettle of fish - I would always buy them locally.
However if you are concerned that such a retailer won't do the repair properly for whatever reason, then you can of course pay Nikon UK for the repair.
Besides, I have Tamron and Sigma repair facilities in my backyard, which already makes them quite attractive to me. Imagine being able to talk, in person, to the technician that did the actual work. Quite cool. Like the old days, when Nikon was right there in Manhattan.
Twelve months ago, a Euro bought over ¥148 but today it buys only ¥130 whereas twelve months ago a Pound bought ¥186 and today it buys ¥185 (and the dollar buys ¥123, up from ¥118) - (which raises the question of why British prices are being raised).
Having said that, Nikon's offshore production costs may have fluctuated which may have impacted their thinking.
With another recession round the corner, I do question their rationale.
Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.
This is what Nikon Uk state. However under EU regulations the buyer has a 2 year warranty if the product fails.maybe this is why Nikon offer a two year warranty if you register within 30 days. The strange part is that the buyer has only a contract with the Nikon selling dealer, not Nikon Uk and therefor the selling dealer is the one that would have to stand the cost., if Nikon UK refused the claim.
Regarding your other point, I would think that if Nikon refused the claim, then the dealer would too.
R&D is a real killer for companies as everyone knows and it is why Nikon keeps putting their secret 2012 sauce into bodies these past 3-4 years. I am certain that these price hikes are just compensation for the volatile currency exchange rates as others have mentioned already.
An example using the Nikon 85mm f/1.4;
BH in the US - USD 1.596,-
Photografica in DK - USD 1.760,- (after 10.24% increase)
However, I can import to Greenland without the DK VAT, and my price is USD 1.408,-
Sure there are some shipping costs involved, but there is as well if I buy from BH.
Maybe I should start my own Nikon gear import/export company...
As for the warranty, because I buy the gear in Denmark I get full warranty, irregardless of the fact that I live in Greenland, hence 2 years full warranty.