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Old 10 January 2010, 18:15   #61
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Please remember that Jean has worked hard on this and that there are a number of retailers with tenders, just because we are no longer in the running is no reason to undo all of that work.
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Old 10 January 2010, 18:15   #62
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The vat etc, if levied will bring the item close to the retail price ? I think I need a sample for evaluation ....
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Old 10 January 2010, 18:19   #63
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Please remember that Jean has worked hard on this and that there are a number of retailers with tenders, just because we are no longer in the running is no reason to undo all of that work.
agreed, and if she still pulls it off for a good all in price, I'm in
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Old 10 January 2010, 18:25   #64
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agreed, and if she still pulls it off for a good all in price, I'm in
Well said

The baseline price I think has always been MSS at 189, perhaps now there is a firm number (14?) they can be beaten down a smidge moor. Obviously all that is said with no knowledge of what prices Jean got from others.
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The vat etc, if levied will bring the item close to the retail price ? I think I need a sample for evaluation ....
At least we can do the floaty pouches without undue paperwork, deliveries under 18 quid are not worth the revenue's time; so say Guernsey Post who are wise in the ways.
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Old 10 January 2010, 18:43   #66
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At least we can do the floaty pouches without undue paperwork, deliveries under 18 quid are not worth the revenue's time; so say Guernsey Post who are wise in the ways.
Martin, don't suppose your supplier does one that fits the very popular standard horizon handheld (270?)?
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Martin, don't suppose your supplier does one that fits the very popular standard horizon handheld (270?)?
I shall certainly check, one would fit own radio!
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I regret that there has been an unclear communication on our part about the route the PLBs would take if ordered from us, they are UK serial numbered from McMurdo's distributor in Plymouth but they are none the less via us in Alderney.

The goods as quoted include delivery but not VAT, which can be charged by Royal Mail if they feel there is duty to pay.
How about a RIBnet cruise over to you to pick them up?
Or meet on the water wearing clumbo rain coats, deer stalker hats and sunglasses? Although the police have bared me from wearing such clothing I'm sure someone could do it.
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Its a right royal bummer and I did give Martin a bit of an ear full (sorry Martin) - but in all honesty it's as much my fault for not thinking to check or clarify the issue on duty - bloody annoyed at myself for wasting everyones time - apologies to all.

However - I'm not going to let this die - so Willk put your bag of popcorn away please - the cheapest is MSS at 189 but please remember this was pre vat change.

Will continue making calls over the next few days and see what I can do - on the positive side we have clearly got enough people willing to commit if the price is right and we now know the region that needs to be in - so currently I believe that's a first for RIBnet - now all I have to do is find some!!!!!

I'll make the assumption that all are pulling out of the current offer and post a new price if and when I find one appropriate - give me till the end of Jan then I'll admit defeat

Martin - will offer the carry pouch once we get to a purchasing stage - would you still like me to organise and collect monies and can you confirm price and postage. Picking up on JSP's covert suggestion - I'm assuming you bringing them over in March (Sea Survival course) for me to ship from the UK would be just as naughty - or is there a workable/legal solution in here somewhere regarding import duty??

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I'm assuming you bringing them over in March (Sea Survival course) for me to ship from the UK would be just as naughty - or is there a workable/legal solution in here somewhere regarding import duty?
There is nothing naughty about buying goods from the Channel Islands, indeed there is a very successful company called Aceparts her in Alderney (www.xenons.biz) who inspired us to offer a range of boating equipment at vat-free and uk-delivery inclusive prices ourselves.

A number of problems do present themselves though, even if you collect goods yourself or have them transported by a friend HMRC can still charge you. Even if you have a vat-paid receipt to show that duty is not due. There are various ways around this, but I am obliged not to discuss them in a public forum. Not because they are illegal but because they form the basis of several business strategies.

Regarding our own VAT status, when we moved from Kent we asked HMRC if we could stay registered; they said yes but we had to keep an address in England so we did. It then became clear that customers could be charged twice for duty, no matter how solid the paper work was the position was not negotiable. We then tried to de-register and were told that we could not as our turnover was too great, so we closed our mainland address.

The problem, I believe, is that all the imports that come in from places like China as a result of ever growing eBay sales has caused a huge problem for the treasury, I am sure we all know The Revenue's job is to find and plug such back doors in the economy. The Channel Islands are generally not considered such a "back door", but there is a chance that an over zealous Post Office employee who just read the latest Revenue memo will exercise their power on behalf of the Excise Man.
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