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You probably know this shop..

You probably all know this shop, but for those that don't I can heartily recommend it - they have a great selection of all kinds of British food which they import from England - payment is usually made by credit card or by advance bank transfer and they deliver very fast.
The only thing I miss are shortbread biccies (but which I can buy in the Migros). They also have a newsletter which you can subscribe to, to get news of new products etc. and after Xmas and Easter, they often have seasonal stuff they are selling off really cheap.

Here's the address: (sorry, I can't seem to get rid of the live link, even when I use [code] tags.)
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I like the Britshop, too. Somehow, I couldn't survive without the orange squash and fruit pastilles I get from them.
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Re: You probably know this shop..

fab fab fab Last Christmas I ordered Selection Boxes and Xmas crackers and gingernut biscuits. God, I was in my element, a true delight
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Old 21.11.2008, 13:35
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Re: You probably know this shop..

...wow how can you spend money on chocolate in the quickest tempo possible.... I have already over CHF100, on my shopping list.... delightful... what a great website.... BUT the gingernuts are currently sold out.. don't know how I will get over that one.... difficult times ahead....
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Old 27.11.2008, 21:57
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Just wanted to let you know that I was just about to put in my order to the British shop online and I was ordering for about 40 quid, anyway, they told me that I was going to be charged GBP21 for postage, up to 30 kg... I cancelled my order and wrote a wee note, just to say "stuff it" in a very nice way Are they kidding?
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Re: You probably know this shop..

You can get McVities Gingernuts in Coop.

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...wow how can you spend money on chocolate in the quickest tempo possible.... I have already over CHF100, on my shopping list.... delightful... what a great website.... BUT the gingernuts are currently sold out.. don't know how I will get over that one.... difficult times ahead....
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Old 27.11.2008, 22:13
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Hey Gwendy / Helvetica

Try http://www.myexpatshop.com/storech/i...?lang=2&info=4

They have a slightly different selection. I just placed my first order with them today and only got charged 12CHF postage for a crp load of stuff (including kilo bags of self-raising flour and bottles of soft drinks). As soon as I receive my order I'll let you know what they're like.

I've a load of other stuff to order so if you want to wait you can add your stuff onto my list.
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Thanks nettie, I shall have a look at this and see what I can find.

thanks also for the info about the gingernut cookies, I haven't found them yet, but I had heard they are there.....
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Re: You probably know this shop..

I love the britshop i have put in orders for things many times and i have always recieved my goodies within a few days.
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Re: You probably know this shop..

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Just wanted to let you know that I was just about to put in my order to the British shop online and I was ordering for about 40 quid, anyway, they told me that I was going to be charged GBP21 for postage, up to 30 kg... I cancelled my order and wrote a wee note, just to say "stuff it" in a very nice way Are they kidding?
As I don't not know what your ordered and how heavy it is I cannot be sure but I recently spent 150 Chf on thier site on crisps and drinks and some sauces (so some weight) and as I remember it was only 11 chf posting.

I don't mean to doubt you but I am a little suprised.

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Old 28.11.2008, 11:36
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Just wanted to let you know that I was just about to put in my order to the British shop online and I was ordering for about 40 quid, anyway, they told me that I was going to be charged GBP21 for postage, up to 30 kg... I cancelled my order and wrote a wee note, just to say "stuff it" in a very nice way Are they kidding?
Hi Gwendy,

First of all our prices and the postage on our site are in CHF not GBP. Also there's no postage of 21 CHF/GBP. Postage depends on the weight of your goods and fees can be viewed here. Could it be that you are mixing us up with another shop?

If not I would like to know what products you were intending to order as it seems odd to me that you ended up in the 20 - 30 kg postage range with an order of 40 CHF. On an average order postage costs would be about 10% of the value of your order. Your cart should still be there if you re-visit our website, unless you emptied it. Please do us a little favour and copy paste your cart contents or a screenshot of your shopping cart into an email to us so we can further investigate.

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Old 28.11.2008, 14:03
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Hi to all, my "cart" is now showing CHF and is showing an acceptable 11,-- for postage. Cannot explain but am very happy that Santy will now be bringing me a selection box for Christmas... Thanks for clearing this one for me
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Am I missing some sort of 200% import duty or something or is rip-off Britain alive and well for the Swiss expats.
That's quite a tidy business, especially when carriage is extra. Prices are around 3 -5 times the UK supermarket price,

HP Brown Sauce is 1.68 GBP @ Tesco or 7.50 CHf @ Britshop
Paxo Stuffiing 0.78 GBP 4.50 CHf @ Britshop
Beef OXO (6) 0.75 GBP 2.50 CHf @ Britshop
Weetabix (24) 1.99 GBP (or 2 for 3.00) 8.90 CHf @ Britshop
Heinz Beans (4 pack) 2.50 GBP 2.49CHf (1 tin) @ Britshop
etc etc
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Am I missing some sort of 200% import duty or something or is rip-off Britain alive and well for the Swiss expats.
That's quite a tidy business, especially when carriage is extra. Prices are around 3 -5 times the UK supermarket price,

HP Brown Sauce is 1.68 GBP @ Tesco or 7.50 CHf @ Britshop
Paxo Stuffiing 0.78 GBP 4.50 CHf @ Britshop
Beef OXO (6) 0.75 GBP 2.50 CHf @ Britshop
Weetabix (24) 1.99 GBP (or 2 for 3.00) 8.90 CHf @ Britshop
Heinz Beans (4 pack) 2.50 GBP 2.49CHf (1 tin) @ Britshop
etc etc
It's that or fly/drive back to the UK to get it

Although saying that, the things you mentioned can all be bought from Coop
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Old 22.09.2011, 17:37
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Am I missing some sort of 200% import duty or something or is rip-off Britain alive and well for the Swiss expats.
That's quite a tidy business, especially when carriage is extra. Prices are around 3 -5 times the UK supermarket price,

HP Brown Sauce is 1.68 GBP @ Tesco or 7.50 CHf @ Britshop
Paxo Stuffiing 0.78 GBP 4.50 CHf @ Britshop
Beef OXO (6) 0.75 GBP 2.50 CHf @ Britshop
Weetabix (24) 1.99 GBP (or 2 for 3.00) 8.90 CHf @ Britshop
Heinz Beans (4 pack) 2.50 GBP 2.49CHf (1 tin) @ Britshop
etc etc
They have to get the stuff over here then manage to cover their fixed costs and earn a living from a relatively low turnover. I don't think there are any Britshop millionaires.

It's not a bargain, but if you want the stuff and are willing to pay then everyone's happy. If you can get it for less then fill your boots.
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Old 22.09.2011, 18:06
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Supply and demand, it's how capitalism works.

The irony of EF is that we criticize Swiss vendors and their profits yet jump to the defense of Brits selling their wares at three times supermarket retail; nice.
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Am I missing some sort of 200% import duty or something or is rip-off Britain alive and well for the Swiss expats.
That's quite a tidy business, especially when carriage is extra. Prices are around 3 -5 times the UK supermarket price,

HP Brown Sauce is 1.68 GBP @ Tesco or 7.50 CHf @ Britshop for 425ml Coop.ch: 3.60 for 255ml
Paxo Stuffiing 0.78 GBP 4.50 CHf @ Britshop Coop.ch: 6.50
Beef OXO (6) 0.75 GBP 2.50 CHf @ Britshop Coop.ch: 3.80
Weetabix (24) 1.99 GBP (or 2 for 3.00) 8.90 CHf @ Britshop Coop.ch: 4.80
Heinz Beans (4 pack) 2.50 GBP 2.49CHf (1 tin) @ Britshop Coop.ch: 2.80
etc etc
It's that or fly/drive back to the UK to get it

Although saying that, the things you mentioned can all be bought from Coop
and paid for at Coop at quite a markup relative even to the Britshop prices -unless one eats a lot of weetabix

Jus sayin'
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Supply and demand, it's how capitalism works.

The irony of EF is that we criticize Swiss vendors and their profits yet jump to the defense of Brits selling their wares at three times supermarket retail; nice.
To be fair, the ones here who are supporting Britshops pricing are not (as far as I can remember) the ones who do usually complain about Swiss prices...

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Am I missing some sort of 200% import duty or something or is rip-off Britain alive and well for the Swiss expats.
That's quite a tidy business, especially when carriage is extra. Prices are around 3 -5 times the UK supermarket price,

HP Brown Sauce is 1.68 GBP @ Tesco or 7.50 CHf @ Britshop
Paxo Stuffiing 0.78 GBP 4.50 CHf @ Britshop
Beef OXO (6) 0.75 GBP 2.50 CHf @ Britshop
Weetabix (24) 1.99 GBP (or 2 for 3.00) 8.90 CHf @ Britshop
Heinz Beans (4 pack) 2.50 GBP 2.49CHf (1 tin) @ Britshop
etc etc
Oh come on! UK supermarkets buy in enormous bulk direct from the producers, only have to transport the goods a short distance, pay low wages and there is massive demand for these goods (not to mention massive competition) which means they often sell these type of goods at a loss to get customers through the doors.

Britshop on the other hand buy (I presume) in much smaller quanteties, probably mostly from wholesalers (who have their own margin), then have to transport the goods over by specialist transport companies, they have to get export documents prepared in the UK so the goods can be imported here, pay all the required import duties (not to mention employ an agent to do all this), rent warehouse space, get the required food handling licenses, get all ingredients translated into one of the official languages, pay Swiss wages (which is what all their customers earn BTW ) and try to make a living out of what is effectively quite a niche market.

If you think you can offer better service at a better price, go for it and report back in 5 years, if you're still in business. I can tell you that Britshop have a great reputation on EF and amongst the British expat community as a whole who earn, I guess in the most part, good Swiss wages, and are very happy to be able to buy these products at any price at the same time as supporting a fellow expat.

Anyway. You live in France, so what the hell has it got to do with you in the first place?
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Re: You probably know this shop..

Thanks Grumps, I couldn't have put it better myself...

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Re: You probably know this shop..

I think it really helps to remember that over here Paxo, HP sauce and the like, are exotic imported products with only a niche market, Not bog standard staples of everyday life like in the UK. So expect to pay a little more, or wait until your next trip home to pick some up. I now think having a bit of cadbury's is a treat - has done wonders for my waistline too.
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