Since Brexit I hardly buy anything on line. In Ireland we used to be able to avail of free UK delivery by using an accomodation address service provided by our main delivery locker company, Parcel Motel, or by using a service provided by the Irish postal service, An Post, for a small fee. These services no longer exist, and stuff bought from Germany, France etc., have higher postal charges, plus, if any item shipped originates outsite the EU, it attracts Customs charges, which did not happen to items shipped from Britain in former times, before that country's massive act of self-harm and the resulting collateral damage.Since Brexit I get most of my stuff from svb24 due to my boat beeing in France. Prices seem reasonable and they stock basically everything. What I do miss are simple service kits for engines. Preferably OEM aftermarket parts for an assortment of engines. I actually try to avoid local ship chandlers as their prices usually don't compare to online ships. As is normal. I wouldn't mind ordering anything I needed online and I love the idea of a boating gear shopping guide.
I am looking at some items they currently have reduced just now, but unsure on what additional costs/taxes are due now that we are no longer part of the EU. Has anyone in UK made recent purchase?Since Brexit I get most of my stuff from svb24 due to my boat beeing in France. Prices seem reasonable and they stock basically everything. What I do miss are simple service kits for engines. Preferably OEM aftermarket parts for an assortment of engines. I actually try to avoid local ship chandlers as their prices usually don't compare to online ships. As is normal. I wouldn't mind ordering anything I needed online and I love the idea of a boating gear shopping guide.
I try not to buy anything online. I like to support the local chandlers. If they don't have it in stock, they can always order it for me.
Jimmy Green Marine and ASAP supplies did me for everything before Brexit. Hudson Marine (I think) for electronics - had to change a chart plotter). Now SVB (German) are the go to.Hi all,
You may or may not have noticed that we've started doing a lot of online shopping guides over at: Boating gear
We'd love to get your feedback on these so we can make them as good as possible.
What kinds of boat products would you consider buying online?
What would you never buy without touching / feeling / testing them first?
Is there are maximum price at which buying online would make you uncomfortable?
And which sites do you trust for buying boat products online?
I have saved a fortune by not being able to use Jimmy Green! ASAP were amazing! All they have to do is open a depot in Ireland and send from UK to Ireland then on to wherever they want in Europe.I wonder how much volume the UK online chandlers, ASAP, Force 4 et al, have lost by not being able to realistically export to the EU? It must be hurting and SVB have certainly picked up the ball and run with it.
I am in the biggest (?) marina in Europe with three large chandlers close by and, invariably, when I want something, it's "we can order that for you". I can do that myself for less than half the price!I shop online over bricks and motor for most things. I know, i know, its not good to not support local businesses, but to be honest unless they are selling a handmade wooden table or vase from a local skilled professional, then they are just stocking things you can buy online... and let's be honest who really likes traipsing around the shops for hours when you can just have a quick search online and find more info about a product in a fraction of the time! There's also more choice online, and especially for sailing, you can find niche products that a chandlery won't stock because they don't sell enough!
As you must know, SVB in Bremen is popular - happy to ship everywhere.Used to buy online from Britain, but since Brexit, shipping charges above 20 pounds...plus a few weeks later get another invoice from the shipping company for VAT plus 3 Euro´s handling charge. No shipping over night, it take a week to arrive.....now have to buy parts in Bulgaria .....loved to buy from parts4engines.....now I buy parts from Poseidon in Sofia (shipping 6 Euro and 3 day´s delivery).....would rather buy in Britain