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Technical Support/Testing / Pink names?
« Last post by tahra on January 14, 2019, 02:06:05 »
Ok, I always wondered  ??? , but never got to ask.. but now I see MY name in pink, so... what's with that?

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As I wanted that 9371 transporter (yes, I do have and sometimes buy a little "modern" city-action stuff  :-[  ), I ordered it from an online store in Germany for 23 euro including shipping to Belgium (shippingcost was 6 euro, so the set itself was only 17 euro!)

One reason given by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) for the higher UK price was the cost of altering cars to right hand drive for the UK.  Unfortunately, in their example they cited Japanese cars and in Japan, they drive on the left as we do in the UK and so Japanese cars are built as standard with right hand drive!

I wonder if in a not so far futere there will still be a stearing-wheel at all...
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I don´t think VAT has anything to do with it what Belgium is concerned; the rate is 19% in Germany and 21% in Belgium so that small difference is completely negligable (it would make 0,80 euro more in BE for a set of 40,00 euro in DE).


"It" started again;

9371 Money Transporter

Belgian store: 39,99 euro - "as long as stock lasts" but at the same time "available starting next december" ... and it had been for sale in the shop the past year  8} 8}
https://www.playmobil.be/nl/geldtransport/9371.html


German store: 31,49 euro discount-price 19,99 euro  - available today & no limited stock (at half the price of the belgian store)
https://www.playmobil.de/geldtransporter/9371.html
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News / Re: Playmobil in the News
« Last post by JLMatterer on January 13, 2019, 12:46:12 »




































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News / Re: Playmobil in the News
« Last post by JLMatterer on January 13, 2019, 12:26:38 »




































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Collector's Corner / Re: Robomobil
« Last post by GrahamB on January 13, 2019, 07:37:56 »
I claim no crdit here- this is all Tiermann's work!

A great set of pictures, Tiernann. Its hard to decide what to leave out and what to leave in, but there has certainly been a good range of robots since Robby! I wish I could find that orange one, I expect its very rare!
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Welcome! / Re: Ciao!!! From Italy
« Last post by GrahamB on January 13, 2019, 06:44:19 »
So do NOT collect the newest Dragons Theme sets with female figures. Those klickies will be bald in about 25 years.

 :lol:
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News / Re: New US Sets 2019
« Last post by Redmao on January 13, 2019, 05:17:45 »
Must be the low resolution, but I'd swear that the helmet looks a bit different than the current space helmet.
The chest piece looks the same, but the helmet doesn't seem to have the holes for the hose.

Edit: I just realized that there is indeed a new helmet style in the Mars Mission theme. They haven't popped in this side of the pond yet.  ;D
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This problem of different prices in different countries doesn't just apply to Playmobil and Lego.

In the UK at one time (and I think things have changed now), it was cheaper to buy a car in Europe, collect it at the factory and drive it to the UK and pay the duties here, than buy it from a dealer, even after making allowances for currency effects and the dealer's profit on the UK price in the showroom.  (And you often got a higher spec car into the bargain.)

One reason given by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) for the higher UK price was the cost of altering cars to right hand drive for the UK.  Unfortunately, in their example they cited Japanese cars and in Japan, they drive on the left as we do in the UK and so Japanese cars are built as standard with right hand drive!
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Lego does the same thing in Europe, really. Prices for the Benelux are always higher compared to other countries for some reason. A lot of factors seem to come into play, including VAT rate in a particular country, and currency exchange ie the current ‘weight’ of that currency in the international context. Which I can understand from an economical point of view. What I can’t understand is geoblocking - ie not letting a customer from one country buy something from another. For eg, someone in Belgium can’t buy things from the UK shop. But the EU is working on it I think.

Meanwhile brick and mortar shops keep closing down in Brussels. Another two big ones shut their doors for the last time recently ... and with the prices they used to charge, I am not surprised.
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