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02-11-2006 10:23 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Patriot

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I know this topic has been beaten up before but it boils my butt,
I'm looking for the metal auto case for my Avant.

Hirobo part is 0414-229.
UK shop price £72.99 ($127.38)
US shop price £19.67 ($34.32)
HK net price £16.76 ($29.25)

US price is realistic HK price is great, but what the H*** does the UK think it's trying to do, am I missing something, am I thick. We must support our local hobby shop, yea right, lets buy them all villas in spain and private jets to get there in. I'm sorry to bring this up again, but what the **** is going on. Transport from Japan plus import duty does not give me 420% mark up. I must be thick

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02-11-2006 10:27 PM  12 years agoPost 2
Yug

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Welcome to ripoff Britain
It's good to vent off about it once in a while. I don't understand it either. But then look around, nearly everything is expensive, including stuff thats manufactured here.

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02-11-2006 10:37 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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This is why china is taking over world economy.

In every western country we have too many people in charge siphoning off money to themselves, in the UK there are 620+ MPs! I wouldnt be surprised if each and every one of them is getting money from taxes that they arent due, ffs we overpay them anyway, and they get fringe benefits worth hundreds of thousands of pounds per year.

PPL like gordon brown make me sick.

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02-11-2006 10:50 PM  12 years agoPost 4
dragonlord

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Patriot only local shope we got in neils in sundon park aint it lol
the problem is its allways been the same here and peeps pay it.

question is what dont we get riped off for here
answer nothing.
what the prices like in europe thease days any one know any good europeian heli places as no custom charges now for europe.

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02-11-2006 10:51 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Yugdab

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Well if we are going to have a go at our politicians then lets do this. Give Scotland full devolution and then the likes of Gordon Brown and all the other Scottish MPs can go back to Scotland for good and not set foot in our Parliament again.

If things don't change... they'll stay as they are!

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02-11-2006 11:30 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Thumper

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Patriot, I think you're barking up the wrong tree. The shops don't set the retail prices, the manufacturers and importers do. My suggestion is you contact Hirobo and ask them if they have a particular problem with the British that they may care to share with us. Of course it could be this is just a way for them to make huge profits out of one marke to subsidise another market.

You could also contact OS, Futaba, etc while your at it. If you look a little deeper you'll realise that the UK shops aren't the problem. The only heli shop owner I know with a Ferrari is based in HK

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02-11-2006 11:32 PM  12 years agoPost 7
zoom boy

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the manufacturers and importers do.
Dont forget the tax, both inport and VAT, Gordon brown (I aint putting Mr infront of his name, because that shows respect!!) does have a lot to do with the price of items.

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02-12-2006 12:34 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Thumper

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There's generally no duty from the far east, just VAT. I can live with UK sales Tax, its part of living in a 'modern welfare state' - its the manufacturers price policies that smack of greed.

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02-12-2006 12:44 AM  12 years agoPost 9
z11355

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can you explain what you mean by that?

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02-12-2006 01:36 AM  12 years agoPost 10
rotor- shark

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i'm sick of the british modeling prices,sick of it.i fly less and less these days because of it.i'm always on the sim instead,the parts are so cheap on the sim you just wouldn't believe it. i think the award for the most creative pricing goes to motor's and rotors,i got charged £8 for a small plastic head button that was smaller than a 2 pence coin,and even then,it doesn't attach properly to the head block,it just pushes in!

all comments are my opinion only!

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02-12-2006 01:39 AM  12 years agoPost 11
tchavei

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I usually buy my stuff at rotordisc.dk. Give it a shot


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02-12-2006 01:44 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Yug

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A metal output gear for the 8700G - £28. I'm sure it's pence to manufacture.
Just felt like a moan

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02-12-2006 01:52 AM  12 years agoPost 13
jb_turner

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"Hirobo part is 0414-229.
UK shop price £72.99 ($127.38)
US shop price £19.67 ($34.32)
HK net price £16.76 ($29.25)"

This is not comparing apples to apples here more like apples to tomatoes. The main reason you see a price difference is because of the exchange rate. I think another reason is that there are people willing to pay 73 quid for that part hence the price.
I do not really see why complain about prices when you can just as well order from the US or Hong Kong and even with VAT and handleing charge it is cheaper.

JB "Do a SEARCH" Turner

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02-12-2006 02:18 AM  12 years agoPost 14
dragonlord

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you just cant order very well from the states you get hit with a handerling charge 17.5 tax and more tax ontop of that because its inported from the states.

the price we end up pay bears no resablence to what the pice is in the states.

if it was a simple as you seem to think id never bye anything in the uk.

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02-12-2006 03:29 AM  12 years agoPost 15
alvinrc

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Governments mean to get your money one way or another.

Just wondering, how are the income and property taxes in UK.
Do they zap you in that pocket book also.

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02-12-2006 03:33 AM  12 years agoPost 16
jb_turner

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The UK does not have income tax like we do. Some things they are taxed for and we are not and vice versa.

JB "Do a SEARCH" Turner

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02-12-2006 09:21 AM  12 years agoPost 17
Patriot

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I do not really see why complain about prices when you can just as well order from the US or Hong Kong and even with VAT and handleing charge it is cheaper.
JB, you are missing the point, every one is always on about supporting the local model shop and I am all for that, so that you can pop in and pick up those little bits you need.
This is not comparing apples to apples here more like apples to tomatoes. The main reason you see a price difference is because of the exchange rate.
JB These prices were calculated using the same exchange rates, so it does equal a rip off, and how can you recon that a 420% increase is all to do with the exchange rate. Great you are in the States not paying rip off prices, and not paying $30 to $35 for a gallon of fuel.

And finally we are all born free but taxed to death.
Patriot, I think you're barking up the wrong tree. The shops don't set the retail prices, the manufacturers and importers do.
Yes I realise this and do appologise to the model shops, I know that the imports like there wedge and so does Brown. But doesn't anyone else feel agreeved that we have to shop abroad so that we can afford our hobby, that what really P***** me

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02-12-2006 09:35 AM  12 years agoPost 18
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Pardon?? The uk does not have income tax??

Hmmm, lets have a quick run down.
Roughly 23% of our earnings goes to our useless government, that's before we even think about spending any of it.
A couple of months ago i did a mountain of overtime, got a huge sales target bonus, and some other extra bonus payments. I earned £2400 that month, but only actually saw £1830 in my hand.
Then, when we buy anything (with one or two minor exceptions) we have to pay VAT of 17.5% on it.
And fuel for the car? Don't even get me started!!
I believe the actual cost for a uk gallon of diesel before tax (gas is a simular price) is £0.95 ($1.66), we have to pay £4.25 ($7.42) at the pump, guess where the rest of it goes?
I filled my car up the other day, it cost £54.95 ($95.89)
Another of "great britain"s ridiculous charges is the council tax.
yep, on top of all the others, we also have to pay our local area council another whopping fee every month, this varies by your area and the value of your house. I live in possibly the cheapest area of the country, in probably one of the cheapest houses (and i'm not joking!)
I have to pay just under £90 ($157) per month!!
Generally speaking, i estimate that out of the money we earn, over 40% goes to tax.
Not much eh?

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02-12-2006 09:41 AM  12 years agoPost 19
Patriot

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Just had a thought. JB do a search on the net for the cost of living in the UK then compare it with the States then get back to us.

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02-12-2006 12:31 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Thumper

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I can't see why everyone is so obsessed with the tax issues.

Compare the pre tax prices and they are still inflated. That is the problem. Our distributors and hobby shops do not work off higher margins than the rest of the world.

This issue is about foreign manufacturers not applying a common gobal pricing policy and cherry picking profitable markets. Like I said before, why don't you ask Hirobo for an explanation regarding your price comparison, before knocking the government, the shops and the distributors?

And yes. like you I feel very aggrieved that this drives shoppers abroad, this does not help our economy or our hobby. Thank you OS, Futaba, Hirobo, may you live in enteresting times.

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