7dayshop - now with VAT

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Matthew, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Looks like 7weekflop's service has improved since I last used them then

    Tony Parkinson, Aug 9, 2004
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  2. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    since when did shops have warranties - this is something for the
    consumer. I'm not saying I don't believe what you are saying, but I
    can't see how a shop would do stock control based on the serial number
    of the device itself. I cannot see that they could care less what the
    serial number of the device is - they would scan the barcode of the
    item, and know that they have (say) five such cameras.
    Matthew, Aug 9, 2004
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  3. Why bother with mail order? Go into Jessops, pick up the A75 and tell
    them you saw it on Warehouse Express for £159 (or ebuyer) and they
    will price match it. I haven't paid Jessops in store price for a long

    Of course they don't price match EVERYONE, most notably Pixmania (who
    are generally about the same price as Warehouse Express anyway) and
    they will factor in delivery charges as well as list price. It also
    involves a longer wait at the shop as they go and check the WE price
    (or whoever) but you get to walk away with your product there and
    then, no waiting for the post and if there's a problem you have a
    counter to bang on and a manager you can demand to see.
    Simon Pleasants, Aug 10, 2004
  4. Matthew

    I'Mad Guest

    I have ordered products from 7dayshop for years and 3 weeks ago, for the
    first time, my parcel (a digital camera) was stopped at customs and I
    had to pay VAT + post office charges.
    The camera arrived one week after the other products I had ordered, even
    if they were shipped on the same day.

    I'Mad, Aug 10, 2004
  5. Matthew

    Chris B Guest

    I think customs are getting wise to this sort of thing - imagine the volume
    of goods which must now be coming from 7dayshop - it shouldn't be too
    difficult to spot an expensive shipment coming from Guernsey.
    I've ordered stuff in the past from Hong Kong which shows up with a sticker
    stating it is a 'gift' before now - but imagine how many they'll let through
    before somebody says 'hang on, we keep seeing these same grey boxes going
    through as gifts to people all over the UK...'

    Chris B, Aug 10, 2004
  6. There does seem to be a common misconception that anything labelled 'gift'
    is relieved from VAT and duty. The only difference it makes is that there is
    a higher threshold for gifts (£36 rather than £18).
    Also bear in mind that Customs staff live in this same world and so are just
    as likely to come across these "scams" as everyone else.

    There has also been at least one person on this ng who has written to
    Customs National Advice Service about 7dayshop and so it would take no great
    jump to decide to have a look at what is going on. That is without taking
    into account those EU business that are unhappy with not having a level
    playing field and start complaining.

    Daniel Taylor, Aug 10, 2004
  7. Matthew

    I'Mad Guest

    That is true.. Moreover I do not think that the various Jessops & C. are
    very happy about that either..

    I'Mad, Aug 10, 2004
  8. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    in case you didn't read my other message, they are now charging VAT on
    their items (or so they say). So I guess customs got wise.... I am not
    really sure how this works from an enforcement point of view, as their
    prices did not increase by 17.5% as they should but more like 12%.
    This might just be to be competitive with more legitimate retailers.
    Batteries, film and low capacity compact flash cards are obviously
    competitively priced as they come in below the limit.
    Matthew, Aug 11, 2004
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    Doug Weller Guest

    Exactly. I was even warned off a more expensive camera by the woman helping
    us. Jessops is great.

    Doug Weller, Aug 13, 2004
  10. Did it again at the weekend. They couldn't match the £290 I had seen
    online (their price was £350) so they gave me it for £310 and through
    in a free camera bag (of our choice which was worth £10).

    So instead of waiting until AJ Electronics got it back in stock I paid
    an extra £20 and got a free bag and walked away with it there and
    then. I also got to handle and use the product before I bought it and
    ask questions of someone who has a good overview of other possible

    Of course some staff are better than others and some stores are better
    than others. My past dealings with this particular member of staff
    have led me to believe she does know what she's talking about.
    Simon Pleasants, Aug 16, 2004
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