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Old 29 Nov 2005
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Why is is so much more expensive in the UK??!

Has anyone compared Wunderlich seat prices in the UK vs. Germany? Well I have and I nearly fell off my chair!
In the UK website, let's take the example of the BMW650GS seat. It sells for the fair price of 372 quids (http://www.wunderlich.co.uk/shop/index.html)
Then in Wunderlich.de. Prices for similar seats: EUR409 (without exchange of seat) or EUR209 if you give them your old seat). In another words if they take back your old seat it will cost you : 142 pounds. That's 230 pounds less than in the UK. IF you keep your old seat it would be 280 pounds (FX rate from Bloomberg at GBP/EUR 0.68). And no I do not speak german, I used Balbelfish to understand what was going on! Once again rip off prices in the UK???!


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Old 29 Nov 2005
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i now buy all my bike stuff in france and germany ,for example a while ago i was looking for a roof boxer helmet, price in the uk at the time ? £215.00 i got one in paris over £100.00 cheaper ,also i am looking at the touratech 39 litre tank kit for the f650 , £230.00 cheaper if i buy it in germany , i could go on and on ,we are getting royally screwed in this country and we do nothing about it ,and we never will, that,s why i am leaving for good....
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Old 30 Nov 2005
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Just a stupid question,do they pay custom taxes when they import those articles from Germany? or they like hughe winns?
I know a pair of Nike´s in the us cost allmost half the price as in the UK.The same article,origin and box!
America is a nice continent,not a country.All people who lives in this continent are americans.Discover it in peace!
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Old 30 Nov 2005
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--Just a stupid question,do they pay custom taxes when they import those articles from Germany?--
No extra tax is paid between EU countries, and all prices SHOULD be about the same from country to country - that was the whole idea of the EU, but we always get ripped off in the UK.

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perhaps the extra cost is due to transportation and conversion costs from the € to £, plus some margin added by the seller.

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F650 Funduro flip touring screen:

Ermax UK quoted: £80 + p&p
German company on ebay: 70 Euro + p&p

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Old 6 Dec 2005
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hmm... surely by now someone must be importing stuff from the continent and selling it in the UK with a more reasonable margin?
Wouldn't make millions but would work nicely, web based......
Hey that get me thinking......

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well nothing seams to be made in the uk any more its all imported so the middle man takes his cut,thankfully the internet is great earn money in uk spend else where
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