Any reason to avoid bike-discount.de?

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  • So is Bike24 actually legit?

    I always assumed that anyone who stocks loads of things that everyone else has run out of must be lying.

  • They are great, even got a frame delivered in a few days.

  • Can't get more legit than Bike24.

    Recently returned some items, and they even paid for shipping. No questions asked.

  • They where bought by the wiggle owners but I don’t know if that still stands . Venture capitalists move quickly.
    https://cyclingindustry.news/wigglecrc-s­ells-bike24-back-to-the-riverside-compan­y/

  • Bike24 have been faultless for me.

  • Yeah Bike24 are pretty much gold standard. Bike-discount and Bike-components are also top notch. I like Bike-discount best of all but the Bike24 product range covers a lot of bases.

  • R2-bike in Germany are good too.

  • This is a massive revelation for me.
    When I was trying to find some bits earlier this year they had literally everything in all possible variations when no one else had anything at all.

    I was 100% convinced they were one of those 'oh actually that's not in stock after all - sorry you'll have to wait for three months while we ignore your emails' kind of websites.

  • What's also amazing is that when you find an end of line type item which you really need and they have 1 left of, you can nab it and think how lucky you were to have found it. But then they somehow restock! Of course it's always worth looking at SJS for hard to find bits too.

  • I've had great experiences with CNC bike.de as well.
    Expensive postage to the UK, but they have everything old and new, and often some great special offers.

  • Has anyone ordered anything from bike-discount since Brexit day? They're shipping to the UK again, but its unclear if there will be any additional customs stuff to deal with when it comes in.

  • ^ I'd like to know about this too. Also interested in speculation from others. I'm guessing you just add 20% for VAT or are there other charges as well?

    Returns look to be an unbelievable pain in the arse - you have to do a customs declaration.

  • 20% VAT, courier will charge you a fee on top, and then customs duties? Is duty 14% on bike shit?

    So a £65 IQ-X becomes £87 + shipping and courier fee? Would seem to make it cheaper to buy for £95 in the UK. Hmm

  • brexit

  • But the Sunlit uplands.

    On returns, I just ordered some jeans that ended up coming from Europe. They had included the customs declaration slip with the returns slip so there was nothing extra for me to fill out.

  • it's always worth looking at SJS for hard to find bits too

    Yes. I wasn’t looking for it but a recent search at SJS turned up a Resilion rear derailleur.

  • We've bought a couple of things from the EU recently. Our understanding/experience is below... but massive caveat that this was all done based on some hasty internet research before buying so is probably full of mistakes...

    If the value of the entire shipment (regardless of number of in items and possibly including shipping costs, not sure) is under euro150 / GBP135, no customs charges apply. Then,

    • if the retailer is registered with HMRC for VAT then the retailer collects a 20% surcharge from you, which it then sends directly to HMRC as UK VAT, and the item arrives with no bother at all (in this case, some shoes from Hardloop in France that were euro80). The retailer does not need to pay VAT in their own country, so does not lose out. (I updated this to clarify 'surcharge' vs actual VAT, see atz comment below)
    • if the retailer is not registered with HMRC or if the item is shipped without documentation showing that UK VAT is paid, then ??? you might get stung at customs for UK VAT and pay VAT twice? or admin hassle.

    If the shipment value is over £135, then charges apply and you are responsible for paying UK VAT. However the retailer should discount the item by their own VAT rate.

    Charges -

    • customs charges, not 100% sure about this but they vary a lot depending on the item. We were buying skis, this table suggests the charge is about 2%, and the resulting charge was about that, but not exactly?! https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/­headings/9506
    • an admin charge from the courier, Royal Mail quote £8, the skis arrived with DPD and I think it was about £10

    UK VAT -

    you have to pay 20% on the total of the item cost AND the above charges. However, the retailer should not charge you their own VAT which in France/Germany is currently 20%/19% so it roughly balances out. Watch out that you don't pay both VAT charges, though:

    • if the retailer clearly knocks off their own VAT (eg you can see a before and after price at checkout) then this is good
    • if the retailer does not clearly knock off their own VAT, then watch out, you might end up paying it twice. In theory you can claim it back from the retailer. In practice this might be an admin nightmare. The above rule about <£135 purchases means that some retailers might be confused about whether and when or not to knock it off?

    We bought ski stuff from Sport Conrad and Telemark Pyrenees and both of these clearly knocked off the VAT at checkout. There was then an email from the courier as part of the tracking link, which went to a form to pay the UK VAT, customs and admin charges. When the courier arrived, he had no evidence of this on his handheld device, but was happy to see a printout of the online receipts from the courier and PayPal.

    We did a rough calculation before buying along the lines of -

    The skis were on sale for euro300
    Knock off 20% VAT = 300 / 1.2 = euro 250
    With pricey ski shipping = euro 275
    About £237 pounds
    Add 2% and admin charge of £10 = £252
    Add 20% UK VAT = £302

    I think it did end up slightly pricier than that, but in the end was close enough. Tijs corrected my VAT calcs so in the end I think this calculation was about right

    Which leads to a nice rule of thumb that at the current exchange rate the euro price (with VAT) ends up being roughly the GBP price you'll pay after all the phaff. Actually I think the ski shipping cost distorts this. Plus exchange rates might vary. So prob best not rely on this rule of thumb, just work it out if needed?

    If any of the above is wrong or anyone can clarify anything, I would be glad to know... so far not put off shopping in the EU but not exactly cracking on with confidence either, I think I'll still buy with caution from shops that seem to say all the right things and even more caution from shops where it is not clear (eg no UK VAT number for <£135 or not obviously discounting VAT for >£135).

    Update - A couple of other scenarios - this all possibly goes away if:

    1 - you buy from a marketplace. They have different rules and are able to collect UK VAT for all items regardless of cost. Ebay and Amazon qualify for this. So buying from them from the EU should be fine, but I have no experience of this...

    2 - the EU company has a UK subsidiary and can import your >£135 shipment via that. In which case their web site can possibly charge you UK VAT up front (as atz said, probably as a surcharge rather than strictly VAT) and then sort out all the paperwork and VAT for you. It has been in the news that UK companies are doing this to export to the EU via new EU subsidiaries, so maybe we might see more of this in reverse?

    Maybe we need a forum list of known good transactions, which will hopefully grow as the various retailers figure it out?

    • hardloop.fr, shipment < £135, arrived promptly (3 days) with no customs hassle
    • Sport Conrad, shipment > £135, they knocked off the EU VAT and customs process with DPD was straightforward and ~1 week
    • Telemark Pyrenees, shipment > £135, they knocked off the EU VAT and the customs process with DPD was straightforward and ~1 week

  • Great info.

    For bike-discount.de, the minimum order is £175, which would put it over the VAT/customs threshold. German VAT is subtracted already.

    On that basis looks like no more cheap German parts for us as it would seem to cost the same amount to buy from the UK 😰

  • if the retailer is registered with HMRC for VAT then the retailer pays UK VAT directly to HMRC and the item arrives with no bother at all (in this case, some shoes from Hardloop in France that were euro80). The retailer does not need to pay VAT in their own country, so does not lose out.

    if the retailer is not registered with HMRC or if the item is shipped without documentation showing that UK VAT is paid, then ??? you might get stung at customs for UK VAT and pay VAT twice? or admin hassle.

    So, we have registered at HMRC to get a UK VAT number so we can charge VAT and send it to the UK. We applied as soon as the "sort of deal" was done and the rules were clarified and about 3 weeks ago received an email saying that it'd take 30 days. We got another recently which said it may take longer. They've also said we should definitely NOT charge VAT but should charge 20% "surcharge" which we can then give to HMRC later and change every single bloody invoice we've issued to a UK customer (we've left it as VAT, bollocks to that).

    The guidance is a bit sketchy but HMRC are screwing it up at the moment for people trying to sell from the EU into the UK. It shouldn't take much validation to register to send money to HMRC (all the databases are out there) but for some reason their validation is backlogged.

  • I think it did end up slightly pricier than that, but in the end was close enough.

    Probably because the price without tax is 300 / 1.2, instead of 300 x 0.8 like you calculated. Right?

  • Tried putting a groupset into my basket on Bike24 and it’s charging me VAT, are Bike24 passing that on to HMRC? It’s not clear on their website.

  • Right! thanks ... I will update sum above just in case anyone relies on it...

  • That's interesting, does it imply retailers will also be looking at the £135/euro150 split and then choosing to do >£135 only, probably because of not wanting to register with HMRC? Also that maybe they too are confused about exactly what is included in the £135 so they set a nice margin of error to be sure of being above it?

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