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Stuart Cooper
2004-08-04, 01:53
Posted in another thread but worth repeating in this one - it's not the
UK suppliers that are ripping anyone off - it's the taxation system (CEO
Tony Blair).

Electrical goods of this nature are subject to around a 5% import duty
and 17.5% VAT - the VAT is applied ON TOP of all other charges
(including shipping) so you can see how the price shoots up.

If you import one yourself from the US, you WILL get hit with these
charges, which (even without shipping charges) means $279 becomes over
189 (at today's exchange rate)

UK customers are getting a fair deal once you take the above into
account - I'd be much happier if we didn't get hit with all this duty,
believe me. If you feel strongly about this, write to your MP - he's the
only person who can do anything about it, but won't of course!

Incidentally, have you compared the price of US petrol with the prices
we pay at the pumps? :-)

Stuart Cooper
<outbind://51/www.multitask-computing.co.uk>
www.multitask-computing.co.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of JOHN MOYLAN
Sent: 04 August 2004 08:59
To: 'Slim Devices Discussion'
Subject: [slim] New product: Graphic Squeezebox



>> I'd be interested to see if the UK price for the upgrade is as
inflated
Yep, I agree.
We are being ripped off in the UK price wise for nearly every product I
see.

Let hope slimdevices can put some pressure on the UK resellers in our
favour :-)

john

-----Original Message-----
From: John Hunt [mailto:johnmhunt_gvc (AT) blueyonder (DOT) co.uk]
Sent: 03 August 2004 22:48
To: 'Slim Devices Discussion'
Subject: [slim] New product: Graphic Squeezebox



I'd be interested to see if the UK price for the upgrade is as inflated
as
the Squeezebox price is in the UK. Despite the very favourable exchange
rate
we still pay the same in pounds as the US does in dollars.

It sounds a nice upgrade but another 70 pounds??


John M Hunt


> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com [mailto:discuss-
> bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Sean Adams
> Sent: 03 August 2004 20:43
> To: Slim Devices Discussion; Slim Devices Developers
> Subject: [slim] New product: Graphic Squeezebox
>
>
>
> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
We've
> replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new
graphic
> display.
>

Daniel Cohen
2004-08-04, 09:20
On 4/8/04 at 9:53 am +0100, Stuart Cooper wrote
>Electrical goods of this nature are subject to around a 5% import
>duty and 17.5% VAT - the VAT is applied ON TOP of all other charges
>(including shipping) so you can see how the price shoots up.


Yes. I'm always annoyed that duty and VAT gets charged on shipping.
Please note that US customers may also get charged sales tax, it
depends on where they live, and the price is always quoted without
tax whereas UK prices of most items are quoted including VAT.

>
>If you import one yourself from the US, you WILL get hit with these
>charges, which (even without shipping charges) means $279 becomes
>over 189 (at today's exchange rate)
>
>UK customers are getting a fair deal once you take the above into
>account - I'd be much happier if we didn't get hit with all this
>duty, believe me.


I'm not convinced. Prices nearly always seem to be at one dollar
equals one pound. Even allowing for duty, VAT, shipping, and exchange
rate fluctuations, this seems excessive.



--
Daniel Cohen

Tim Morley
2004-08-05, 01:53
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Cohen" <danco (AT) f2s (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 5:20 PM
Subject: [slim] New product: Graphic Squeezebox


On 4/8/04 at 9:53 am +0100, Stuart Cooper wrote
>Electrical goods of this nature are subject to around a 5% import
>duty and 17.5% VAT - the VAT is applied ON TOP of all other charges
>(including shipping) so you can see how the price shoots up.


Yes. I'm always annoyed that duty and VAT gets charged on shipping.
Please note that US customers may also get charged sales tax, it
depends on where they live, and the price is always quoted without
tax whereas UK prices of most items are quoted including VAT.

>
>If you import one yourself from the US, you WILL get hit with these
>charges, which (even without shipping charges) means $279 becomes
>over 189 (at today's exchange rate)
>
>UK customers are getting a fair deal once you take the above into
>account - I'd be much happier if we didn't get hit with all this
>duty, believe me.


I'm not convinced. Prices nearly always seem to be at one dollar
equals one pound. Even allowing for duty, VAT, shipping, and exchange
rate fluctuations, this seems excessive.



My daughter races an Associated Radi Control car. (American made) spare
parts come in with a retail price of eg $4.50, then cost me 4.99!



--
Daniel Cohen