Just a quick rant/moan/observation.
I was just looking to see where I could buy the new Nokia E72 and found Simplyelectronics.net and it was listed for £309 (full price, inc delivery) Bargain I thought!
But you have to register to buy from them, so I registers and put in my irish address. When I got back to the checkout page, it had updated it with euros because it knew I was in Ireland, but also updated the price to €409.
So I opened a second tab, little bit of www.xe.com and £309 converts to €343?
Thats an addition €66 for being in Ireland?
Wont be buying the phone from them anyway!!!
Just thought I would share!
The only way that these company will learn is if all their Irish trade drys up and even then I don't know if they really care that much.
Moved to Rip Off Ireland
did you happen to do some research on the reputation of the company when you saw your "Bargain" price ?
Another infamous organisation with a multitude of complaints against them.
as someone who "shopped" with them in the past... i won't do it again... They are actually based in hongkong!! see their terms and conditions! They were caught out recently at their uk address which turned out the be a house in an estate... they've recently moved their uk address to the Isle of man!
Check out AVforums for more info on them
Always worth checking aboutus.org to see where their actually based, I made the mistake of buying useless knock of trainers form china in the past. Yeah learn.
They might have added our rate of tax onto that. Amazon does the same, substituting the UK 16% tax with Ire 21%.
I purchased a G12 camera from Simply Electronics on 13/01/10 (and still hope to have it before the G13 is released)as they had four units available on their website. I had Today, 21 days later, despite their promise of a usual 3 to 10 day delivery turnaround I still have not received delivery...(although DHL have confirmed this am that a package arrived for me this morning). I bought the item on the recommendation of a (now former!)friend.... E-mails to the Company elicited half truths and excuses. Sometimes, it seems, a good proven service record is worth paying a little extra for.
Do you have an email for simply electronics?
I need to hassle them.
just on the e72 - you can get it cheaper than that from an irish company - 260 euro - maxroam - I got it from them at less that that actually however thats probably best not brought up again in boards.ie
E-Mail addresses you can use are
SimplyElectronics Support Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or as they quoted me
"If you have any questions about your order, please feel free to contact us at" email@example.com.
The UK's VAT rate is 17.5% again, lower than here but not by so much.
Plus i've never, ever managed to get anything close to the XE.com rate (as its market rate not consumer)
Simply Electronics' customer service may be open to improvement in view of the number of complaints one reads about them.
However I have bought two Canon lenses from them and received excellent service. The first lens was a Canon 100mm Macro 2.8 which was bought over a year ago and delivered on time, well packed and at a lower price than I could obtain elsewhere. A photo from this lens of a heron in a tree in the Botanic Gardens is on www.flickr.com/qwikpix. The heron was about 50 feet up a tree that was over 50 yards away from me.
The second lens was a Canon 70-300mm which I bought some months ago for a very good price. Photos with this lens of a duck on the Corrib and two cats are also on flickr. SE may be a Hong Kong company but the two lenses were delivered by road transport from the UK by DHL.
I have just ordered a Canon 50mm 1.4 from them. If any difficulties arise I will post the details here. Based on my previous experiences, I don't expect any. I have paid by credit card through Google Checkout.