Photospecialist, other online shops and Brexit

susannemcom

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Hello everyone!

I've decided to buy the Panasonic Leica 15 mm f1.7 as a birthday present for myself and to give myself something nice during this bleak winter.
Now there is the problem with Brexit. The Irish based camera gear shops don't have this lens (the 20 mm is the closest). I was recommended to check photospecialist.ie and they have it at a good price but when I check their details it looks like they're UK based. They do have shops in Italy, Holland etc also.

They also say that delivery outside the EU will give extra costs. BUT that shipping is free over 125 GBP. How confusing is this??? What is this shop?
I bought plants last spring from some shop .ie that then turned out to be based in Holland.
What should I do to avoid paying what I call the Brexit fee? If the shop calls itself .ie or .it will they still charge me extra because the stuff in reality ships from the UK?

Where can I buy from that is EU based for real?

I don't use Amazon. (I don't want to give my money to them)
I assume B&H and similar ships from the US or Asia and will be even more expensive. If the lens isn't as discounted as on Photospecialist that's fine, but I want to know the final price when I buy.

Any recommendations welcome!

Edited: I think I've found this lens in a shop in Dublin. But I'm still interested in hearing your thoughts about this!
 
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I have a recommendation :)

Unless arrival time is completely irrelevant to you, wait a few months before buying anything which will be delivered to Eire by anything other than Airmail from the UK.

If you buy a new item from the UK and it's being shipped to the EU the VAT should be removed from the item price, so £120 advertised becomes £100. If you buy from a UK based ebay seller, check to make sure that IF they are VAT registered, they are going to remove the UK VAT from your bill (will not apply to most secondhand items).

The VAT at Ireland rates will be reapplied by Irish customs when your package crosses the border (although I can't speak for the NI border - they are doing their own thing :) ). There will also be a brokerage fee to pay, typically EUR 15 which is an administrative charge made by the courier or An Post, ie, a fee for collecting the VAT from you and passing it back to your Treasury.

It appears that the courier companies have been in total denial for four years. Before anyone feels sorry for them, the current shipping procedures have been in place to everywhere except the EU since, like, forever.

Without exception, they are shipping parcels more slowly than advertised and in UPS's case are still taking in more orders than they can deliver. My local hub, Tamworth, is in a complete mess, with international parcels piled up in cages and going precisely nowhere. Staff off with covid being replaced by agency workers who have little to no experience dealing with customs invoices (I've had five returned only to be reprocessed/expressed once UPS decided there was actually nothing wrong with the commercial invoices in the first place).

It will settle down soon enough.


PS:

The only "Brexit fee" I've seen so far was on my January Parcelforce statement where they levied EUR 3 on every parcel I sent to the EU without notice. That combined with their 9.75% 'fuel surcharge' (these are all on top of the new prices given to me on Dec 29) was enough to prompt me to tell them where to stick their trade account.
 

susannemcom

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All this is like a maze to me and while I do believe it will settle down eventually, it's much easier to buy from Irish based shops (but some of them get the products from or via the UK and many of these are now out of stock) - and it's also that I want to support Irish businesses. In the future, if I don't find what I need here, I'll probably look for Italian, German or other EU based shops. I don't mind paying a little extra if that's the normal price, the main thing is that I want to know that the price indicated + shipping cost will actually be the final cost.

Everything extra that has been added after Brexit, is what I call the Brexit fee, no matter how normal it is for shopping from a country outside the EU. The whole Brexit thing just pisses me off. But that's another story.
 
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I've noticed a few scams appearing now too - emails from companies purporting to be freight distributors who claim there is duty to be paid before delivery. The sums are inconsequential, just enough for you to think it's a real deal, but the email addresses are never from the company they claim to be.
 
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There's a guy in Switzerland on eBay who sells new stuff for m4/3 - prices are good and he has an excellent reputation. I have never bought anything from him but know people who have. He has your 15mm on sale here. Do not know how that compares to your pricing in Dublin, of course. Caveat emptor and all that...
 

susannemcom

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There's a guy in Switzerland on eBay who sells new stuff for m4/3 - prices are good and he has an excellent reputation. I have never bought anything from him but know people who have. He has your 15mm on sale here. Do not know how that compares to your pricing in Dublin, of course. Caveat emptor and all that...

Thank you but I've already bought the lens from Dublin, and with free delivery with the always reliable DPD. But I'll check out your guy for future needs!
 
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