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Old 30 March 2011, 08:57   #1
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Why?

Why do people give a price for a service as ex VAT;
There is no chance they wont change me the VAT
I am not a tradesman so I cant claim it back.
In all other walks of life you get the price as a total to be paid, you dont pick up a loaf of bread marked as 80p then be asked for 1 at the till.

Its just a way to make it seem a lower cost WE ARE NOT STUPID, just quote the price you are going to expect me to pay!

In addition, anyone who cant tell me prices of the consumables used in the service makes me wonder why?

From what I understand (and I'm not a mechanic) you always change the filters, plugs, GB oil and impellor every year. So why not just either have them costed as a unit, and deduct any parts not needed, money off is always better then money added, or just make the service price include the average cost of the parts you need.

I just had 2 conversations with 2 companies for a service and other work and one (RibShop) gave a clear honest pricing for the work I needed and one (I wont say who) was unable and unwilling to give a price, the closest I got was "between 115 and 200".

Well guess who I am going to give the work too!
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80p then be asked for 1 at the till.
Sh!t. When did VAT go up to 25%
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Old 30 March 2011, 09:26   #3
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Ah But Food is zero rated for VAT, so I guess that was inflation !!
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Ah But Food is zero rated for VAT, so I guess that was inflation !!
Good point. There's more to this than meets the eye
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Old 30 March 2011, 09:32   #5
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Ah But Food is zero rated for VAT, so I guess that was inflation !!
You can slice it any way you like but the bread had risen. Dough!

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like it willk!
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You can slice it any way you like but the bread had risen. Dough!
You're definitely not spending enough time on your boat
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Ah But Food is zero rated for VAT, so I guess that was inflation !!
I knew some one was going to pick holes in my example, didnt think of food as 0 rated
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I knew some one was going to pick holes in my example, didnt think of food as 0 rated
Nevertheless, you're right...I don't understand why some folks quote ex-VAT prices where goods are clearly liable for VAT and the VAT would not be normally reclaimable. The sceptic in me thinks it's a (misplaced) marketing ploy
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There is a chandler on ebay with a full shop of nice bits at even prices. You fill your basket and calculate postage. Vat is added to the final total!

It's a swizz!
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