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Buying components abroad

Postby ashleymp777 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 20:40 pm

Evening everyone

I'm planning to have a good spend up on new wheels and bars at the end of the month and am looking on the usual bike sites based in the up BUT are there European sites that'll have the same components for less? And can anyone recommend some?

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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby RRSODL » Sun Jul 14, 2013 21:02 pm

I have purchased from rose in Germany several times and I fully recommend them.

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Postby WindyG » Sun Jul 14, 2013 22:19 pm

The 2 German sites I always use are Rose and Bike Discount both very reliable.

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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Jul 15, 2013 06:59 am

I buy some stuff from Germany and Holland - usually arrives quicker and cheaper than if I'd used some UK sellers.

Generally though, UK sellers are pretty competitive so you're not really going to save a lot of money. Tyres are often cheaper from Germany though e.g. Schwalbe or Conti
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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby sungod » Mon Jul 15, 2013 14:28 pm

german sites can save you a lot on some items, but there's no one site that's always best, so you need to take time checking, and often uk will be same or cheaper

http://www.bike-palast.com/en/ are often good for tyres, including vittoria, veloflex, 2-3 days shipping
http://www.bike24.com/ saved me a few hundred euro vs. uk on some wheels last year
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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby arran77 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 08:40 am

Looking to buy some Fulcrum Racing Zero Dark Label wheels and the best price I can find in the UK is from Ribble at £719.99.

I've looked at some of the European sellers and Starbike.com have them for £630.66 including shipping to the UK.

Just wondered if others have used these guys and what your experiences are? Is the price they quote what you will pay or is there any duty etc that I'll also have to pay?

The saving over the UK prices seems to be worth looking into but just wanted to check it out a bit more.
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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby Rolf F » Mon Sep 09, 2013 09:09 am

arran77 wrote:Looking to buy some Fulcrum Racing Zero Dark Label wheels and the best price I can find in the UK is from Ribble at £719.99.


With Ribble, you need to wait until they have one of their regular sales before buying wheels. Normally they increase the retail by 5% and then offer 10% off! It does vary though. One big advantage with UK sellers is that returns seem to be simpler.
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Postby bernithebiker » Mon Sep 09, 2013 09:58 am

arran77 wrote:Just wondered if others have used these guys and what your experiences are? Is the price they quote what you will pay or is there any duty etc that I'll also have to pay?



It's EU innit, so no extra VAT or duty.

(Switzerland is not in the EU by the way, just in case you're looking there.)
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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby arran77 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:47 am

bernithebiker wrote:
arran77 wrote:Just wondered if others have used these guys and what your experiences are? Is the price they quote what you will pay or is there any duty etc that I'll also have to pay?



It's EU innit, so no extra VAT or duty.

(Switzerland is not in the EU by the way, just in case you're looking there.)


Thanks, it's just that on one of the sites I looked at it suggested duty / VAT / whatever you want to call it was included at 19% I think so just made me wonder.

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arran77 wrote:Looking to buy some Fulcrum Racing Zero Dark Label wheels and the best price I can find in the UK is from Ribble at £719.99.


With Ribble, you need to wait until they have one of their regular sales before buying wheels. Normally they increase the retail by 5% and then offer 10% off! It does vary though. One big advantage with UK sellers is that returns seem to be simpler.


Will probably wait for this I think, like you say more straight forward with returns etc.
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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby dwanes » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:16 pm

I have just bought a high powered front light from Germany (bike-discount) and it is no different from using a UK site.
Package arrived just as quick and the best bit is I saved near £100 on a £200 light!

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Postby Dav1d1 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:41 pm

i hav just bought some new shoes and cleats from here, and even though had to wait for them to be delivered to the warehouse very good customer service bikeinn.com

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Re: Buying components abroad

Postby team47b » Mon Sep 09, 2013 16:19 pm

arran77 wrote:
bernithebiker wrote:
arran77 wrote:Just wondered if others have used these guys and what your experiences are? Is the price they quote what you will pay or is there any duty etc that I'll also have to pay?



It's EU innit, so no extra VAT or duty.

(Switzerland is not in the EU by the way, just in case you're looking there.)


Thanks, it's just that on one of the sites I looked at it suggested duty / VAT / whatever you want to call it was included at 19% I think so just made me wonder..


At 19% VAT I assume the company is in Germany, their VAT is lower than the UK's 20% and Portugal's 23%, most countries and companies sell and collect VAT at their own rate, except Wiggle and Amazon who collect the rate of the country you are in so increase all their prices by 3% :shock:

But then Amazon is well known as a tax effecient company :D
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