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rcaddict12/01/2016 08:00:09
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is it me or is hobbyking hiking their prices up, I notice some items in my basket going up 5 - 10 %, that cant be the exchange rate can it

Edited By oldgit on 12/01/2016 08:00:50

GONZO12/01/2016 08:11:16
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Could well be the exchange rate. This morning it was just over $1.45 to the pound. A few months back, in late 2015, it was getting close to $1.6 to the pound.

Frank Skilbeck12/01/2016 08:25:58
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HK probably use the spot exchange rate when converting from US$ to £, but you'll get whatever rate your credit card/Paypal/bank exchange the dollars for you at. Same as if you look at todays exchange rate 1.45$ to £ and what you can buy dollars at, Travelex will sell them to you at 1.4185, so you get around 10% less.

Wilco Wingco07/03/2019 22:15:25
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I placed an order for HK covering film, cost of products £30, postage £17 paid £50.00 with PP conversion rate. Just had a call from DHL who want £21 import and VAT tax. Total cost of a £30 order is now £71. Wish Solarfilm was still available. angry

Robert Putley 108/03/2019 05:06:07
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Dollar Sterling rate is not 1.45, and has not been at that level since the announcement of the Brexit poll. Current level is 1.31.

Percy Verance08/03/2019 06:37:38
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Looks like some of the shine is beginning to fade..........

Once they've got the lion's share of the market, up she goes................

Solarfilm would still be available if people had bought it instead of going elsewhere...... but sadly, once the bridges are burned........

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 08/03/2019 06:45:39

Robert Putley 108/03/2019 06:44:55
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The low was 1.17

Andrew Ray08/03/2019 07:09:04
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Posted by Robert Putley 1 on 08/03/2019 05:06:07:

Dollar Sterling rate is not 1.45, and has not been at that level since the announcement of the Brexit poll. Current level is 1.31.

It’s a 3 year old thread, the rates Gonzo was talking about were in January 2016.

Ron Gray08/03/2019 07:37:37
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Having to pay import duty etc is a result of buying from abroad and has little to do with HK themselves, just make sure you know which warehouse you are buying from. You should also check your emails from HK as they have discount codes they give out every so often, I’ve recently used one to get 30% off everything I ordered, considering the order was in the region of £200 that was some saving! So, Percy, all is not gloom and doom and the HK gloss is still there just take off your blindfold!

Edited By Ron Gray on 08/03/2019 07:38:26

Peter Miller08/03/2019 08:24:37
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Posted by Wilco Wingco on 07/03/2019 22:15:25:

I placed an order for HK covering film, cost of products £30, postage £17 paid £50.00 with PP conversion rate. Just had a call from DHL who want £21 import and VAT tax. Total cost of a £30 order is now £71. Wish Solarfilm was still available. angry

THat happens if you click for delivery by DHL. You get the stuff in a couple of days but pay for it. Use ordinary postage and you don't get clobbered for the customs duty etc.

I know...I goofed and some very small cheap servos cost a total of £45

Ron Gray08/03/2019 08:44:33
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+ 1 Pete

ken anderson.08/03/2019 09:45:05
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i/we used to use and support our local model shops...now all gone bar one...….so as well as hobbyking I have to order on-line using Slec,steve webb,.dunfries models, leeds model shop and several others...no problems with any of them regarding price/delivery.....what can you do if you want to carry on with the hobby?...….. Percy I would recommend you try hobbyking…...i would be surprised if you are disappointed from all aspects...

 

ken anderson....ne...1.... the new face of radio control modelling dept.

 

PS....forgot to mention.... I needed a couple of parts for a Cox engine.....the lad in Jersey ordered them for me to be sent direct to my home address from America...….and only paying him when they arrived with me......that's service well beyond what you would expect....total cost was circa £20.... 

Edited By ken anderson. on 08/03/2019 09:48:08

Cuban808/03/2019 10:06:52
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I just wish that Hobbyking would keep their stock levels up, increased prices or otherwise - so much been discontinued or on back order/waiting stock etc. Makes me wonder what's going on and whether they've peaked? Never been the same since the website change, don't know if there's a connection.

Nigel R08/03/2019 10:22:15
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Maybe they are trying to minimise their shipping costs a bit?

" Percy I would recommend you try hobbyking"

Hell, freeze, prior to...

Wilco Wingco08/03/2019 10:31:27
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Its a bit chicken and egg isn't it. I have never bought film from HK before and the current Solarfilm site?? seems to be out of stock on the colours I wanted. Hence HK order. Maybe if more people built models in stead of ARTF then solarfilm would still be in business???.

SIMON CRAGG08/03/2019 11:29:09
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Posted by Cuban8 on 08/03/2019 10:06:52:

I just wish that Hobbyking would keep their stock levels up, increased prices or otherwise - so much been discontinued or on back order/waiting stock etc. Makes me wonder what's going on and whether they've peaked? Never been the same since the website change, don't know if there's a connection.

Agreed 100%.

Not sure whats happened to them, but their website is a nightmare. Trying to find something can see you trawling through 100 pages. Hopeless. As you say, once you find that elusive item its either out of stock or on back order. If you ask to be reminded when the item is back in stock, you could wait for ever. On the upside, and if the item is in stock, they are great at keeping you in the picture as to delivery etc., and in my experience, excellent if something is damaged or broken. (Recently got $30 back on a slightly damaged Vampire). As we do not have a model shop at all in our area, its really HK or nothing!.

Stearman6508/03/2019 13:10:46
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Posted by Wilco Wingco on 07/03/2019 22:15:25:

Wish Solarfilm was still available. angry

It is I'm collecting some from the factory Monday, only collecting because they are 17 miles away.wink.

Geoff Peacock08/03/2019 16:27:19
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Posted by ken anderson. on 08/03/2019 09:45:05:

PS....forgot to mention.... I needed a couple of parts for a Cox engine.....the lad in Jersey ordered them for me to be sent direct to my home address from America...….and only paying him when they arrived with me......that's service well beyond what you would expect....total cost was circa £20....

Edited By ken anderson. on 08/03/2019 09:48:08

Excuse my ignorance… what lad in Jersey?

Alan Gorham_08/03/2019 16:32:11
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I think it might be Den Saxcoburg because his company Den's Model Supplies deals with Cox. He's in the Isle of Wight though, not Jersey.

Either way, I wouldn't want to try walking there!

Alan Gorham_08/03/2019 16:45:46
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Solarfilm would still be available if people had bought it instead of going elsewhere...... but sadly, once the bridges are burned........

But it was both more expensive and more prone to wrinkling than the HK film so it's no surprise that people didn't want to buy Solarfilm.

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