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A virtual tour of the Wicker Pharmacy

Bennett Family
 

You can take a virtual tour of the pharmacy (where I have been captive for the last 48 years) at the link below (or via our website) 


Amazing how things have changed since I started there 




Martin


Binoculars

Ernest Bull
 

Essential motorhoming kit, I always thought. I always had a pair on hand, but are you like I me? A spectacle wearer. The nearsighted and those, like me, with a squint finish up, as I did, using just one eye to try and make sense of things in the far distance. Well, my Margaret found the solution.

Celestron NatureDX binoculars. Nearsighted and with a squint to boot, I can focus on anything using both eyes. From my flat in Lawrence Hill, Bristol, I can clearly see the detail of the TV mast in East Dundry - about 8 miles away.

Pricey, but highly recommended and worth the money.
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ErnB


Re: Purchases from the EU

Carol Weaver
 

Ernie. We didn’t pay it in EU so no claim back. But it was not since we left. But don’t think that will change. 

Warranty again another anomaly I expect. Ours must be still covered. 

Carol

On Thu, 25 Feb 2021 at 11:23, Ernest Bull <ernb32@...> wrote:
On 24 Feb 2021, at 21:41, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

But looking quickly through vehicle import link it seems to be same as when we did it just over three years ago. I see no change there

What about VAT? Do you still get the EU VAT back when you pay the UK one? 

At least they have knocked off those punitive VED rates for motorhomes costing more than £40K. 

OTOH, how about the EU extended warranty?

I am so glad that we got the European bug out of our systems before Brexit. Especially since Covid.
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Re: Purchases from the EU

Ernest Bull
 

On 24 Feb 2021, at 21:41, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

But looking quickly through vehicle import link it seems to be same as when we did it just over three years ago. I see no change there

What about VAT? Do you still get the EU VAT back when you pay the UK one? 

At least they have knocked off those punitive VED rates for motorhomes costing more than £40K. 

OTOH, how about the EU extended warranty?

I am so glad that we got the European bug out of our systems before Brexit. Especially since Covid.
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Re: Purchases from the EU

Carol Weaver
 

Alan yes they need to read it as I get moneysavingexpert email and if anyone doesn’t, I suggest you sign up for it. It’s free

But looking quickly through vehicle import link it seems to be same as when we did it just over three years ago. I see no change there

Having said that, insuring it to drive back from France. In our case, was fraught with difficulty but I did solve it

Carol

On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 21:25, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 18:32, Carol Weaver <

Importing a vehicle could result in much larger surprise costs.  See here:-

<https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/paying-vat-and-duty>

Note the last word in that URL - duty.

Alan.





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Re: Purchases from the EU

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 18:32, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:

Buying abroad you generally drive it home yourself - we have three times.

You pay tax at home (sometimes there and claim back) so apart from euro rate I don’t see a problem
That was before we left the EU, now a new set of 'rules', some as yet
not fully understood by traders and public alike.

I think folk here need to be advised to be cautious when making
purchases from the EU, so that they are not caught out. Have a read
here:

<https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-9189227/How-avoid-new-import-fees-delivery-charges-buying-EU.html>

Importing a vehicle could result in much larger surprise costs. See here:-

<https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/paying-vat-and-duty>

Note the last word in that URL - duty.

Alan.


Re: Purchases from the EU

charlie.green@...
 

On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 06:04 PM, timsinc Sinclair wrote:
"Buy British" the Boris way to make - using Trump-like slogan -
Britain great again?
It already been done. Those of us of a certain age will know doubt remember the 'I'm backing Britain' Campaign of 1968

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Backing_Britain


Re: Purchases from the EU

Carol Weaver
 

Buying abroad you generally drive it home yourself - we have three times.  

You pay tax at home (sometimes there and claim back) so apart from euro rate I don’t see a problem 

Carol

On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 18:04, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
Interesting exercise for anyone buying motorhome at Dusseldorf show -
or 2nd hand one from any dealer in EU.

"Buy British" the Boris way to make - using Trump-like slogan -
Britain great again?

TimS

On 24/02/2021, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
> I recently posted about the increased costs being experienced by those
> purchasing goods from the EU.
>
> MoneySavingExpert.com has now added a page giving more details:-
>
> <https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/buying-online-from-europe-post-brexit/>
>
> Best to be aware of the changed situation.
>
> Alan.
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Re: Purchases from the EU

timsinc Sinclair
 

Interesting exercise for anyone buying motorhome at Dusseldorf show -
or 2nd hand one from any dealer in EU.

"Buy British" the Boris way to make - using Trump-like slogan -
Britain great again?

TimS

On 24/02/2021, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:
I recently posted about the increased costs being experienced by those
purchasing goods from the EU.

MoneySavingExpert.com has now added a page giving more details:-

<https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/buying-online-from-europe-post-brexit/>

Best to be aware of the changed situation.

Alan.





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Purchases from the EU

Alan Morris
 

I recently posted about the increased costs being experienced by those
purchasing goods from the EU.

MoneySavingExpert.com has now added a page giving more details:-

<https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/buying-online-from-europe-post-brexit/>

Best to be aware of the changed situation.

Alan.


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Carol Weaver
 

I’ll stay old. Why don’t they put the bits we want abc make them work with products they used to support

Carol

On Fri, 19 Feb 2021 at 15:37, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 23:08, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> What’s FIT Alan?

On a GPSr we had waypoints, tracks and routes.  The youngsters now
have FIT files.

See:-

<https://developer.garmin.com/fit/overview/>

<https://www.google.com/fit/>

<https://www.fitbit.com/global/uk/home>

Alan.





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Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Alan Morris
 

On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 23:08, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:

What’s FIT Alan?
On a GPSr we had waypoints, tracks and routes. The youngsters now
have FIT files.

See:-

<https://developer.garmin.com/fit/overview/>

<https://www.google.com/fit/>

<https://www.fitbit.com/global/uk/home>

Alan.


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Carol Weaver
 

What’s FIT Alan?

Carol

On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 17:03, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 09:52, Brent <brentiow.c@...> wrote:

> Must admit I've always been a TomTom guy but have read good reports about Garmin
>
> What I don't like about TomTom is they withdraw support far too early - I've got the TomTom 1005 Camper version but have had problems (along with a lot of other owners!!) after TomTom did a supposed upgrade

I've had only two TomToms, the first bought after my Garmin 2610
failed due to heavy use and old age.  The Garmin claimed replacement,
a 765T, could never be considered a true replacement as it lacked so
many features of the 2610.  (Carol has owned both.)  So I bought the
TomTom with claimed regularly updated maps, which I updated just
before going to France.  In France I found that these maps were older
than a handheld Garmin that had maps that were three years old!

One section had me driving about 300 metres to the east of the road I
was navigating on.  The voice kept telling me to turn left and right
every few yards as it attempted to get me on to the road I was
actually on.  I bought TomToms first camper GPSr, but it was only a
truck version with a different name.  So back to Garmin.

My first Garmin, a GPS-75, bought in 1976, started to hang out of
warranty.  Fortunately Garmin replaced it with a refurbished one for
free.

More recently my Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx bricked itself during an update.
I removed the battery to reduce weight and returned only the GPSr.
Within about 4 days, I received a brand new complete package.  Now
that's excellent service.  So I now have a spare everything, including
the battery.

Garmin however are no longer very good with their Windows/Mac based
software.  But I guess the likes of me (collectors of waypoints and
tracks) are now few and far between and this software gets little use.
It's now all about sharing FIT and current location, much loved by
younger folk.

Alan.





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Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Alan Morris
 

On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 09:52, Brent <brentiow.c@gmail.com> wrote:

Must admit I've always been a TomTom guy but have read good reports about Garmin

What I don't like about TomTom is they withdraw support far too early - I've got the TomTom 1005 Camper version but have had problems (along with a lot of other owners!!) after TomTom did a supposed upgrade
I've had only two TomToms, the first bought after my Garmin 2610
failed due to heavy use and old age. The Garmin claimed replacement,
a 765T, could never be considered a true replacement as it lacked so
many features of the 2610. (Carol has owned both.) So I bought the
TomTom with claimed regularly updated maps, which I updated just
before going to France. In France I found that these maps were older
than a handheld Garmin that had maps that were three years old!

One section had me driving about 300 metres to the east of the road I
was navigating on. The voice kept telling me to turn left and right
every few yards as it attempted to get me on to the road I was
actually on. I bought TomToms first camper GPSr, but it was only a
truck version with a different name. So back to Garmin.

My first Garmin, a GPS-75, bought in 1976, started to hang out of
warranty. Fortunately Garmin replaced it with a refurbished one for
free.

More recently my Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx bricked itself during an update.
I removed the battery to reduce weight and returned only the GPSr.
Within about 4 days, I received a brand new complete package. Now
that's excellent service. So I now have a spare everything, including
the battery.

Garmin however are no longer very good with their Windows/Mac based
software. But I guess the likes of me (collectors of waypoints and
tracks) are now few and far between and this software gets little use.
It's now all about sharing FIT and current location, much loved by
younger folk.

Alan.


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Brent
 

Hi Alan

Thanks for the info - I hadn't looked at it from that angle

Basically they have us screwed each way!!!

Take care ALL


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Brent
 

Hi Carol

Thank you very much for detailed reply

Must admit I've always been a TomTom guy but have read good reports about Garmin

What I don't like about TomTom is they withdraw support far too early - I've got the TomTom 1005 Camper version but have had problems (along with a lot of other owners!!) after TomTom did a supposed upgrade

I realise and appreciate TomTom need to have a turn-over of sales but don't think they do in the correct way - they don't forewarn you of withdrawing support!!

Take care ALL


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 17 Feb 2021 at 11:20, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:

But of course not been able to use it as stuck in lockdown

Therefore I would wait to buy.
The problem of waiting is that delaying too long will cost more to buy.

Covid and brexit together are causing end - user price increases.

Now that we are not in the EU, manufacturers in the EU now have to
send without charging local VAT. Thus DHL and probably the Post
Office, now has to get from the customer the UK VAT of 20%, before
delivery. Naturally they don't do this for free. So an extra cost.
I know of one EU ham radio manufacturer who will now not deal with UK
local dealers, due to the problems brexit had caused to him.

Buying through companies will eventually see similar increases for the
same reason. UK companies are also seeing more costs due to brexit.
Certain items that I bought within the last year have also gone up by
noticeable amounts.

Then eventually, the costs of Covid as the government will need to
increase taxes. Although VAT is an EU tax, I expect that the biggest
increase in taxation will come through VAT, which the UK government
will keep.

So "Buy Now To Save", should be our slogan!

Alan.


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Carol Weaver
 

Long story - Bought the Garmin 785 I liked it BUT did not work with Mac and after 14 months Garmin agreed a full refund - I had had new lead and a replacement gps but still no good. But 100% after long hassle with them

Decided on Amazon due to my experience if things didn’t work they would refund straightaway. So 

1 Ordered TomTom Camper and had same problems as it now appears they are all using Android system and not considering Mac users

I have to say the problems only come it you want to put your own POIs on. Not everyone does. 

I had to borrow next door’s new cheap JML tablet (she’d not used) to put Garmin Express and POI loader (and remove them afterwards). 

So I wasn’t happy with TomTom so more research and decided to try Garmin 51LMT and  Garmin DriveSmart 65 MT-S 6.95”

In many ways the 51 was good but screen too small. So finally returned TomTom and the 51 to Amazon. Within taking them to send them back nr Padstow the money was refunded by time I got home!!!

But of course not been able to use it as stuck in lockdown 

Therefore I would wait to buy. 

I think if you are a Garmin I think you are likely to prefer them likewise for TomTom

Carol





On Wed, 17 Feb 2021 at 08:00, Brent <brentiow.c@...> wrote:
Hi Carol

What  did you end up with sat nav wise please?

Best wishes

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Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Brent
 

Thanks for link Ern but I do wonder if lashing out couple of hundred quid is wise at the moment. 
It could be out of guarantee by the time we can use them!!!?
Take care all


Re: TomTom On-Line Deals

Brent
 

Hi Carol

What  did you end up with sat nav wise please?

Best wishes

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