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By The Red Arrow
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What's that, Sooty? "Useless, shameless, self-entitled, trough-slurping, pocket lining, verbally incontinent, duplicitous, doesn't give a shit about anything other than himself, psychopathic, egomaniac, fascistic cronyist lying racist prick and the morals of rabid hyena with the blood of hundreds of thousands on his grubby, grasping hands who would lose his job or liberty in any other walk of life" ?
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By Boiler
#598
Bones McCoy wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:46 pm [...] the ridiculous charges on overseas purchases
Repair to 'Mechatronic' unit (as used in ZF gearboxes) in Germany before 31/12/20: £500
Repair to 'Mechatronic' unit (as used in ZF gearboxes) in Germany after 31/12/20: £800

Ask me how I know this.
By davidjay
#606
Boiler wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:44 pm
Bones McCoy wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:46 pm [...] the ridiculous charges on overseas purchases
Repair to 'Mechatronic' unit (as used in ZF gearboxes) in Germany before 31/12/20: £500
Repair to 'Mechatronic' unit (as used in ZF gearboxes) in Germany after 31/12/20: £800

Ask me how I know this.
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By MisterMuncher
#723
As to the great Japan trade deal, I was pricing up bike bits for my mate recently.

Shimano 105 group delivered from Wiggle to NI was £560
Same group delivered from Bike24 (DE) to ROI was €410. *

Turns out Japanese firms are going to continue distribution to UK via their extant EU subsidiaries and let the consumers deal with the costs rather than establish new lines of supply. I don't imagine consumer electronics and similar will be much different.


*Readers familiar with these suppliers will be aware that they are, in fact, the same bloody firm, and pre-Brexit their prices were functionally identical
By MisterMuncher
#734
In context, Ultegra is the next step up the ladder from 105 and ran about 600 quid before this present darkness. 105 used to come in around 350, but COVID squeezed the supply and pumped the demand. The situation is pretty similar for the similarly not freely traded with the UK wares of Campagnolo (Italy) and SRAM (US/Tiawan), so if you really a bike with gears in the next half decade, good fucking luck.

Thing is, it was UK firms like Wiggle and former rivals/current merger partners CRC that were keeping prices low worldwide. It wasn't unknown for Americans and Aussies to order from the UK and take their chances on local customs but still come out better off than buying locally. That's gone, and between that and the higher prices, UK cycle retail is probably fucked.
By Youngian
#735
MisterMuncher wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:26 pm As to the great Japan trade deal, I was pricing up bike bits for my mate recently.

Shimano 105 group delivered from Wiggle to NI was £560
Same group delivered from Bike24 (DE) to ROI was €410. *

Turns out Japanese firms are going to continue distribution to UK via their extant EU subsidiaries and let the consumers deal with the costs rather than establish new lines of supply. I don't imagine consumer electronics and similar will be much different.


*Readers familiar with these suppliers will be aware that they are, in fact, the same bloody firm, and pre-Brexit their prices were functionally identical
You’ve probably heard the apocryphal story about the cyclist who went through Checkpoint Charlie every morning and the border guards couldn’t work out what he was smuggling. Bikes.
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