Why not? Raspberry Pi's are designed in the UK, manufactured in the Uk, software written in the Uk, and sold from the UK to the rest of the world.rin67630 wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:11 pmI got today a popup at www.pimoroni.de that they will stop selling from Germany and will pursue their activities from Sheffield (GB).
Another one bits the dust.
They were my home shop, just e few KM away from my location.
I will NOT purchase from GB. Definitely not.
Yes but when the package reach the EU you'll have to pay the VAT of the destination country!
Reduction of VAT on things bought in the UK, but chances are that on import you will have to pay local VAT.hippy wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:38 pmAs long as a company has a website in a language I know, accepts payment in my local currency, can deliver within a reasonable timeframe, accepts my payment method, and doesn't add excessive postage and packing costs - I've never worried much about where they are based or where the goods are shipped from.
I am not sure the closure of their German warehouse is because of brexit or not, but brexit is not going to be all bad news. AIUI European purchasers buying from the UK should no longer have to pay VAT so you would be able to buy Pi from the UK some 17% cheaper than those in the UK can.
Ref: https://shop.pimoroni.de/We would like to inform you that we will close our warehouse in Germany for operational reasons and that all orders will be shipped from Sheffield (GB) with immediate effect.
It doesn't change that much! We will continue to process and ship your order with all dedication and professionalism and will be happy to assist you. Our support will also be available with the usual reliability. Germany is and remains our second strongest market (after our home market) and we remain connected to the local maker scene and all tech enthusiasts.
If you prefer to order directly in Germany, we understand that. We are working on expanding our distribution network in Germany and supplying it with supplies.
A problem with just buying from anywhere in the world is "brokerage" charges. When a carrier collects local taxes on imports they often charge a fee for the privilege of having those taxes collected. This fee is often substantially more than the actual taxes.hippy wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:38 pmAs long as a company has a website in a language I know, accepts payment in my local currency, can deliver within a reasonable timeframe, accepts my payment method, and doesn't add excessive postage and packing costs - I've never worried much about where they are based or where the goods are shipped from.
You miss the point completely, this topic has nothing to do with the manufacturing costs of the Pi, expressed in dollars, Euros, rupees, yuans or whatever currency.
buja wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:29 pmYou miss the point completely, this topic has nothing to do with the manufacturing costs of the Pi, expressed in dollars, Euros, rupees, yuans or whatever currency.
Topic starter sounds a bit bitter though, I am sure there are many alternatives in Germany (hint: https://shop.pimoroni.com/pages/worldwide-distributors).
Pimoroni made a business decision. I am sure Brexit was a factor, but simplifying operations might have been a good idea anyway.
I have been shopping in UK webshops before and I will continue to do so. It will not be worse than webshops in the US, Australia or China. Unless the politicians make a mess of it of course, I am afraid we cannot rule that possibility out completely.
They were located quasi next door to me.
Soon, if not already. Demand over all the range is greater than supply, and manufacture is done in batches.rin67630 wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:25 pmThey were located quasi next door to me.
When I ordered till 12:00 I had it guaranteed next day. That is the point.
But on the other side, almost everything but the Pi4 and some 3A seem to be permanently unavailable.
Where is the promise of years of supply? When will the Pi3B+ and the ZeroW be on shelf again?
Surely if you want fast delivery you just need to pay more? Royal Mail is cheap and slow, other carriers are more expensive and faster. Swings and roundabouts.