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Old 02 June 2011, 04:02   #1
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Advertisers and ex-vat prices

I recently did a Google shopping search for some stuff, found a really great price and clicked through to find that the price listed with Google Shopping was an ex-vat one. Hey ho, I thought, that must mean they are happy to sell ex-vat in the case of export or to businesses etc.

It turned out they do not sell ex-vat, in fact they got quite shirty when I asked why they advertise ex-vat prices. They also have a price promise and I challenged them on that by sending a link to someone who had the same stuff for less after the vat was taken into account.

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Old 02 June 2011, 05:27   #2
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I know what you mean, it infuriates me too, and not only internet process, i've had the same on the phone.

I always ask what value should the cheque be made out for? and if the value is no the same as was quoted i take my business elsewhere, if i cant trust the seller to give an accurate price how can i trust them to give any sort of reasonable service.

Boaty type business known to this site will not be getting any work from me after an incident just like this.
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Old 02 June 2011, 16:03   #3
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I recently did a Google shopping search for some stuff, found a really great price and clicked through to find that the price listed with Google Shopping was an ex-vat one. Hey ho, I thought, that must mean they are happy to sell ex-vat in the case of export or to businesses etc.

It turned out they do not sell ex-vat, in fact they got quite shirty when I asked why they advertise ex-vat prices. They also have a price promise and I challenged them on that by sending a link to someone who had the same stuff for less after the vat was taken into account.

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This is not the first time, I have heard of a seller misleading private buyers with regards to the vat status or vat implications of goods, remember this one....

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Hi All

After several days of haggling and hassle - I think I have the best offer we are going to get with the minimal amount of fuss and through a reliable company - as follows:

McMurdo Fastfind PLB 210 with GPS 179.00 including delivery direct to you from the seller

Conditions of the sale

1. We must order a minimum of 10
2. The price will be held for two weeks (ends 21st January 2010)
3. Payment needs to be collected by me - Bank Transfer, Postal Order, Cash.
4. The Fastfind will be sent to you direct by the seller with proof of purchase re warranty

I suggest we log names of those willing to commit to buying - once we have 10 only then will I ask for payments to be transferred - if we fail at this point then I will refund all those that have paid.

I expect you are all wondering who the company is - well huge thanks go to Martin (Malthouse) at Alderney Marine - who has worked really hard on our behalf to get such a fantastic deal - they are supplied from the UK so no problem regarding registration etc

Re the London Boat Show - it is possible we could get a few more pennies off if we waited for a deal at the LIBS - however the complications of payment and individual communication I think out weigh any small saving - hence why I believe this offer is the best we can squeeze out of the system (and believe me I've tried )


Those previously interested in buying a Fastfind 210 were:

Dan Worth x 1 - Membership not required
C2 Ribs x 1 - Membership not required
Jimbo x 1 - Membership not required
Ian M x 1(maybe 2) - Membership not required
250kts x 2+ - Membership not Required
Puffin x 1 - Membership not required
Blackroady x 1
Matt H x 1 - Membership not required
Neil Harvey x 1 - Membership not required
Humber P4VWL x 1 - Membership not require
Tony Mac x 1 - Membership not required
Leapy x 1 - Membership not required
Tony T - x 1
Gtflash x 1
CNUMB X 1 - provided code can be added later - still checking
Chris L x 1 (Welcome to RIBnet)

Committed to buying

Knot Yet x 1



Speak soon

J
Full story here, McMurdo PLB Fastfind 210 with GPS - BULK BUY OFFER however some of the characters may have changed their name.

I completely sympathise and can see why you you would feel justified in ranting online about this sort of thing happening to you!
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Old 03 June 2011, 02:45   #5
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With the PLBs everyone ended up buying individually from a non-VAT registered eBay trader.

People are (rightly?) wary of buying imports from outside the EU yet there are UK businesses that defy trading standards.

The key to a rant free time seems to be to stick with the businesses you know and not be lured away to save a few pennies.
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