02-07-2009, 06:27 PM #1
Are cockpitsonic ripping us off??
Sorry to have to ask this question but I'm either being stupid or we are being ripped off, there may be a third option and I am willing to take advice if anyone has some
I've been looking at buying 2 x ALPS Dual encoders with knobs from cockpitsonic, but when I searched I accidently clicked on their USA website, so I went onto order these at the total sum of 24.00 dollars and 2.46 dollars postage.
However it wont let you order outside the USA so I went to the .DE site and clicked to order the same two items, suddenly the price has increased to 46 euros with a delivery charge of 19.63 euros.
I have to ask why are these 3 times more expensive to buy and roughly 5 times more expensive to ship than in the USA especially whn the USA site claims all parts are shipped direct from Germany in the first place
I really dont like the idea of being ripped off so if anyone has any idea why, besides the obvious 19% tax, these are more expensive I would love to hear from you.
thanks for your time
02-07-2009, 07:03 PM #2
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
I think Simparts.de has them for a reasonable price.
Edit: just checked. 20 euros + shipping.
02-07-2009, 07:32 PM #3
Have you taken into account exchange rates?
There must be a reason, but I tend to agree with you. It does not sound fair.
02-07-2009, 07:41 PM #4
How about the impact of VAT?
02-07-2009, 07:46 PM #5
Dave, you're being a little harsh, don't you think.
Don't ask us, ask Cockpitsonic, wouldn't you think they have the answer?
02-07-2009, 08:04 PM #6
Excellent point Matt.
02-08-2009, 03:48 AM #7
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- Feb 2008
all i know is... that their shipping can be fairly hefty. because of this i stopped buying from them. shame cause he is such a nice bloke.
@matt...he is asking everyone that has ever bought from cockpitsonic....cockpitsonic run a business and they will tell him whatever...as he did to me....dunno if it would be good to ask them (i run a big business so i can talk..he he)..he isnt being harsh..WE ALL know their shipping is HUGE!!.
@airbus319.....there are plenty of other suppliers out there, pick and choose....no point in winging about what you cant change.
02-08-2009, 05:58 AM #8
thank you for all your replies so far
I did not mean to be harsh in any way, yesterday I spent most of the day wiring up my cockpitsonic breakout board to my MIP which I kindly bough from Bobrelax at the tail end of last year, it's a fantastic piece of kit (although the wiring diagram is a bit of a nightmare) and this is what made me think about using the company again for some other bits and bobs.
However I just couldnt believe the price difference between the two websites, even when taking into account the 19% tax that's payable in europe.
My intention is to email cockpitsonic direct on monday, but I didnt think there would be any point until then as I considered that the business would only trade within business hours but what I wanted to do was ask the question here as I know that the experiences of the members is widely varied and reliable.
I meant no offence folks but I had to ask the question and if indeed the answer is that the european prices have been somewhat inflated then I feel I have a duty to let you folks know that aswell
I will keep you updated when I get a reply from cockpitsonic
02-08-2009, 06:13 AM #9
They have got the exchange rate back to front
02-10-2009, 07:26 AM #10
Cockpitsonic are not ripping us off - thats my opinion
Hi All, I started this thread and I hope to finish it with this final post
Cockpitsonic USA are selling the rotary encoders with knobs a lot cheaper than cockpitsonic.de.
They are happy to post to Europe, I was quoted 10 USD for postage which I consider to be very reasonable.
So there we have it, I hope someone else will make best use of this availablility and save some money for other cockpit parts in the process.
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