View Poll Results: What percentage over the cost of imported goods would you be prepared to pay?

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  • 10%

    6 24.00%
  • 5%

    11 44.00%
  • 7.5%

    1 4.00%
  • 15%

    0 0%
  • 20%

    5 20.00%
  • 33%

    0 0%
  • 50%

    1 4.00%
  • 60%

    0 0%
  • 75%

    0 0%
  • 100%

    1 4.00%
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Thread: How much are you prepared to pay

  1. #1

    How much are you prepared to pay

    We are continually being urged to support our local and national retailers.
    But there has to be a limit. How much would you be willing to pay the price of a item that you could import from the USA or Europe in order to see them survive?

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  3. #3
    Clem,
    perhaps the poll should have how much does it cost to import legally from outside the UK...
    On personal basis and on a business setting...
    Because there is no way the two are comparable..
    and when it comes to firearms you haven't got a hope in hell without proper documentatiion..

    regards
    griff

  4. #4
    I'll always support the small independant and local dealers unless the price increase is outrageous.

  5. #5
    What's the difference if it is local dealer or not?
    I always buy from who's offering the lowest price...

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by griff
    Clem,
    perhaps the poll should have how much does it cost to import legally from outside the UK...
    On personal basis and on a business setting...
    Because there is no way the two are comparable..
    and when it comes to firearms you haven't got a hope in hell without proper documentatiion..

    regards
    griff
    Griff

    You can't directly compare retail and trade prices, sure there are cost involved for the importer.But then they aren't paying retail prices either! As I have said elsewhere.

    If you are importing to retail here in the UK you should be buying at trade prices, other wise what's the point.

    All this codswhollp about "but I have cost you're not aware of" is in reality just a smoke screen to jack up the price. Fortunately slowly but surly buyers in the UK are becoming more switch on to just how much they are being ripped off, and quite sensibly are voting with their credit cards.

    The old myth about importation of firearms from the US is another one that is being broken down There is a every informative thread on GT about the process. I agree its not as easy as it once was but its not impossible and neither is it excessively costly once you have the right paperwork in place and the right company on board over in the USA.

    There are also considerable saving to be made if you look to other international sources.

    The longer the UK retailers and suppliers fail to get the message that they compete on price the more people will buy elsewhere. The sooner the UK guntrade understands that they are over pricing themselves out of the market the sooner they and their customers will be better off.

    So we loose a few local shops in the process, so what? Some of those who have jumped on what they perceived to be the gravy train of rifle smithing find themselves going to the wall, so what?

    Neither are major losses, neither are irreplaceable, neither will ultimately be missed.

  7. #7
    I tend to shop around then go to my local shop to see if he can match it. normaly he will be the same as the bigger places plus postage becuase he is not selling the volume they are. If I went in and paid the ticket price I would be a lot worse off thats for sure but then I have bought 6 new guns of the guy in the last 5 years and recomended him to a number of friends.

    Dave

  8. #8
    I pity the small gunshops: it's not insignificant to have to pay for the fabric of the building, rent, bank charges, wages, insurance etc. and at the end of it make a bit of profit, it's not like they can offer a service for free.

    I think you'd have to be either dedicated, daft, very savvy or have a bunch of clueless customers...

    At the same time, perhaps some shops are stuck with outdated selling practices, small volumes and high margins just don't cut it. Think about supermarkets: lots of turnover, cut throat margins.

    You won't miss smaller shops if you don't mind driving places: remember that firearms and expanding missile transfers have to be face to face, so when your local RFD disappears, you won't have much choice.

  9. #9
    I have bought a great deal of my equipment from the states in the past. And yes it is much more expensive over here, but then overheads are more expensive over here.

    Like many people Griff is in business to make money, you do not have to buy if you dont want to, so go and buy somewhere else, or get yourself a cheap ticket and fly over to the states and buy it all and bring it back like I have done in the past. Trouble is now its not so cheap because of the exchange rate.

    I see little point in this discussion, and I for one do not want it spiralling into a slanging match

    Clem could you do Admin the service of introducing yourself a little more, as your intro is a bit thread bare if I may say so in the Introduction section.

    Thank you

    Sikamalc

  10. #10
    Malc

    We are all in business to make money. But I don't agree that overheads are significantly higher over here than elsewhere. They are certainly not 75% higher which is what we are often expected to pay by UK retailers and suppliers.

    I agree real basement bargains could be had before the global economic down turn spiralled out of control and the exchange rates against the dollar and Euro where better. They are certainly now improving against the dollar, but whether wie will see a 210:1 rate again is doubtfull.

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