Internet Delivery Charges to NI

in N. Ireland
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I need to buy a part for my computer which costs £50. The problem all the companies are looking for ridiculous amounts for delivery. The cheapest is £17.75 !! Some are looking for £30
Dabs.com are looking 18 quid to deliver to NI, but will deliver to the Republic for £12. Doesn't make sense to me. It still has to come across the Irish sea, so it should cost the same???

I have been shopping on-line for years, but recently most sites deliver to UK mainland and surcharge NI. Why are we being penalized? Royal mail still manage to deliver to the whole of the UK for a standard price !

The delivery charges negate any savings you can make on the internet!
This sort of thing makes me very cross!

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  • https://www.komplett.co.uk get my vote for pc stuff. P+P is about £5 and delivery is quick. When companies see the BT postcode the couriers grease their palms. When buying blank discs I use https://www.diskdepot.co.uk and every month or so they do special deals on p+p for .50p!!! I stack up, obviously.Good luck!
  • NDK49NDK49 Forumite
    177 Posts
    Simply.co.uk and ebuyer also have a £10 delivery surcharge on top of their usual charges.

    Mesh computers charge £81 for delivery to NI compared with £46 for the mainland.
  • SimpsonSimpson Forumite
    148 Posts
    100 Posts
    pcnextday.co.uk now offer a royal mail option depending on the weight. £1.50.
    Plenty of mistakes, but no regrets. :)
  • mcclimmcclim Forumite
    280 Posts
    How come PCnext Day can charge £1.50 for Parcel Force yet DABS.COM who also use parcel force charge a complete fortune.
  • mcclimmcclim Forumite
    280 Posts
    Just relised that http://www.lowestonweb.com/ have free delivery.

    Also for computer bits did you try Amazon theyc an work out just as cheap. Also try one of the following

    https://www.aria.co.uk - Can be cheap for bits and sometimes they forget to charge the NI surcharge.
    https://www.pcparts365.com - NI based Computer Firm
    https://www.mplex.com - Another NI Based Computer Firm.

    You could always buy the parts then arrange for a courier to collect the parts for you, this can work out cheaper.
  • serpicoserpico Forumite
    169 Posts
    Don't stand for this mythical N.I surcharge C***. the Postage is exactly the same as for mainland U.K.

    I have just had a huge heavy Bosch pressure washer from Amazon free delivery by DHL same as offered to mainland customers

    Just had some P.C parts from Maplin Electronics in Barnsley, carriage £2-13 DHL same as price as mainland delivery

    I have bought very heavy Mercedes car parts from Eurocarparts in Wembley, exactly the same next day delivery P&P charges as when I lived in Cheshire.

    I buy most things on the net, never yet paid a northern Ireland surcharge.

    I only got asked for a surcharge once from Honda dealers P F K Lings in Norfolk for a heavy Honda mower part, told them "no way" check with the P.O or cancel the order, came back to me apologised and agreed the postage was the exactly same as U.K mainland.

    Don't get suckered.
  • I emailed Dabs as to why it was cheaper to get things delivered to Republic than to the North. Got an automated reply telling me to check their FAQ. Replied, saying it obviously didn't answer my question. Never got a reply back... Which really just made me angry. Dabs used to have sensible P&P to here but around October last year it significantly increased.

    Have just bought a canon MP750 printer from amazon. 1. they were actually the cheapest price and 2. no p&P.

    Am thinking of buying from 24store.com. Its about £6.99 p&p on your order no matter how many items, no extra to here... or at least thats what I understand. Oh they supposedly do a price comparison service but don't know if they will give it to you at the lower price.
  • mcclimmcclim Forumite
    280 Posts
    sor_fes2 wrote:
    I emailed Dabs as to why it was cheaper to get things delivered to Republic than to the North. Got an automated reply telling me to check their FAQ. Replied, saying it obviously didn't answer my question. Never got a reply back... Which really just made me angry. Dabs used to have sensible P&P to here but around October last year it significantly increased.

    Have just bought a canon MP750 printer from amazon. 1. they were actually the cheapest price and 2. no p&P.

    Am thinking of buying from 24store.com. Its about £6.99 p&p on your order no matter how many items, no extra to here... or at least thats what I understand. Oh they supposedly do a price comparison service but don't know if they will give it to you at the lower price.


    I had a long email conversation with dabs and all I could ever get of them was Please See are FAQ.. They do have a 0870 number you can phone for customer support....
  • Does anyone know of a phone number / website we could all complain to about this? Does Which? or Trading standards cover this sort of thing? It might be my imagination but I think the P&P issue is getting worse for delivery to here.
  • Another couple of suppliers you might to check out are these:

    Tekheads - https://www.tekheads.co.uk
    Overclockers - https://www.overclockers.co.uk
    Overclock - https://www.overclock.co.uk

    For USB stuff, try these:

    USB Tech - https://www.usbtech.co.uk
    MyComputerBits - https://www.mycomputerbits.co.uk

    Regarding postage to Northern Ireland, I have had several run ins with some internet based companies. It usually includes a geography lesson in what constitutes the United Kingdom, and also that Royal Mail DO deliver to Northern Ireland for the same cost as the rest of Britain.
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