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UK vs USA prices.

Corythecorvette

Busy user
Having started to buy parts for my 78 vet to complete the restoration i find UK prices are extortionate to what is charged in the USA.
I payed a uk company for a seal £ 46 part £28, post,. £18.
USA part £2 post '£13 how can it be cheaper to buy from usa than my own country. I am all for a bit of mark up its what makes the world go round, but not in my opinion ripping fellow enthusiasts off, so i shall be shopping in the USA from here on in and suffer the wait...
 

Roscobbc

CCCUK Chairman
This 'argument' crops up every now and then - a blanket statement saying that we're being 'ripped-off' by UK suppliers is perhaps being a little unfair. We can all individually source products from the 'States - if we are careful how we purchase them and carefully select the shipping options, make sure you pay all costs 'up front' you can make a significant difference to the final bill. Purchasing directly from the 'States currently is challenging with the reduced numbers of flights in and out of the UK apparently increasing air freight costs significantly. Logic is to only order when you have a whole shed load of relatively small and lightweight parts needed and do it in one consignment 'spreading' the increased cost over all the items purchased - it doesn't seem quite so bad then.
We need to support the UK specialists who look after us properly - they may not be buying the items at prices much less than we do - we surely don't begrudge them making a living?
 

Corythecorvette

Busy user
This 'argument' crops up every now and then - a blanket statement saying that we're being 'ripped-off' by UK suppliers is perhaps being a little unfair. We can all individually source products from the 'States - if we are careful how we purchase them and carefully select the shipping options, make sure you pay all costs 'up front' you can make a significant difference to the final bill. Purchasing directly from the 'States currently is challenging with the reduced numbers of flights in and out of the UK apparently increasing air freight costs significantly. Logic is to only order when you have a whole shed load of relatively small and lightweight parts needed and do it in one consignment 'spreading' the increased cost over all the items purchased - it doesn't seem quite so bad then.
We need to support the UK specialists who look after us properly - they may not be buying the items at prices much less than we do - we surely don't begrudge them making a living?
As per my little rant, i am all for suppliers having a mark up on parts, its what makes the world turn. But when i have just paid £28 for a 2 dollar part, forget the postage too, yes i feel ripped off. Trying to support uk suppliers and they way over charge as i have found doing my reaserch , no wonder i got a free 10p bag of sweets for my custom. I have now ordered £500 worth of bits from Ecklers which i would rather of given to the UK suppliers, but converting it across would have cost me over £1200 to buy here from uk suppliers.
 

Oneball

CCCUK Member
Some of the really cheap stuff is properly nasty lowest bidder crap. You may not be comparing like for like.

The same is true here. I can get a Solex repair kit for a tenner off eBay or pay close to £50 for a genuine one. The eBay one won’t work for toffee.
 

Corythecorvette

Busy user
Some of the really cheap stuff is properly nasty lowest bidder crap. You may not be comparing like for like.

The same is true here. I can get a Solex repair kit for a tenner off eBay or pay close to £50 for a genuine one. The eBay one won’t work for toffee.
Yes there is that i agree, its a long way to send back too, be nice if they had more reasonable prices, my mech told me the seal i was sent is a crap one too, thats from CC so who do we trust....
 

antijam

Well-known user
In the case of parts from Corvette Kingdom, you can do a direct like for like comparison for a lot of their stuff. Most of it comes from Corvette Central in the states - they even use the same part numbers. Comparing the point of sale prices on both sites will let you decide whether the mark-up is worthwhile for you. I've found the fast, hassle free and very helpful service from Scott of CK justifies the cost.
 

Roscobbc

CCCUK Chairman
As per my little rant, i am all for suppliers having a mark up on parts, its what makes the world turn. But when i have just paid £28 for a 2 dollar part, forget the postage too, yes i feel ripped off. Trying to support uk suppliers and they way over charge as i have found doing my reaserch , no wonder i got a free 10p bag of sweets for my custom. I have now ordered £500 worth of bits from Ecklers which i would rather of given to the UK suppliers, but converting it across would have cost me over £1200 to buy here from uk suppliers.
Corythecorvette - if you had become a 'paid-up' member of the CCCUK - you would have got the benefit of additional CCCUK member discount (albeit it relatively small) that a number of specialist suppliers offer club members (including one or two USA suppliers) - let's just hope you are getting a 'like for like' product from wherever you purchase from.
 

uncle albert

CCCUK Member
I've read various threads on this subject lately....ie... usa ,versus uk prices...and yes, of course, parts are cheaper from the usa. !!!! All made in Taiwan though...... And I've used,ecklers, corvette central,corvette America,riks autos etc….but corvette owners , in the uk,maybe don't appreciate,how lucky they are,to have, quite a few options for parts here ... My corvette is over 50 years old..... I recently placed an order,from the sweet man,at 4pm ,the parts turned up next day at 12 noon.....that's what your paying for... On the other hand...I own a current model Ducati....{ sometimes I want to go fast !!!!!}….... my son took a tumble on it,...…. the parts we needed,were unavailable in the uk….and the parts factory..were on a 3 week holiday...and a three week delay...…...my son wanted to take it to assen for the moto gp..so the supplying dealer,suggested he would take the parts off, an, in stock, new bike !!!!!!! but in the end, we got the parts shipped in from a german ducati parts dealer...…..And if you think corvette parts are dear...………..don't buy a ducati...
 

Daytona Vette

CCCUK regional rep
The reality of it is: comparing like for like before saying one is over priced - We can buy Dulux Brilliant White Emulsion from B & Q cheaper than the professional painter can buy it at a Trade price from the Dulux Trade Centre - Why - Because it is NOT THE SAME and that is the same for a lot of other Branded items out there.
So please, please do not demerit our UK suppliers on the basis of this one's cheaper, when there is no real knowledge of the comparison and usually not even a manufacturers Brand name (for what good that may or may not be).

The question of reliance on the Brand name for quality in many cases is now more of a question of who is selling it, the outfits with more buying power want the same looking item at a cheaper price and that is usually when the product suffers.

Yes not everyone sells the exact same item at the same price, but beware - Years ago I bought some expensive sized Pirelli P7s from a well known Tyre discounter at a cheap price, they were the real "Macoy" but when they had done only a few miles many years later and were starting to deteriorate, I looked at the date code to see that they were already seven years old when they were sold to me.
 
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