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It costs a lot to do business in the UK. There's rent, business rates and utility bills to pay before you open the door plus there's often upward pressure on the minimum/living wage and then there's vat. It's not hard to see how a company in the far east where all expenses are much lower can sell you the same product and ship it to you for less but if all we're left with is buying stuff from overseas how are we going to fund the NHS, pay teachers wages and do all the other things that we all want to be better funded in the UK?They also have competition from overseas of course.
Many HK firms are now considered ‘respectable’ and while much of the difference may be down to the tax, tax doesn’t fill the gap between £2,000 for a new body here and £1,200 from abroad does it?
So if someone knows what they want, why go to Jessops?
I keep remembering a shopping centre we went to in Thailand. There was three camera shops within yards of each other and they looked to have had just about everything we'd be interested in in stock and not only that they also had staff who we're overjoyed to talk and help. I don't know how much that setup costs but I'd guess having a fully stocked and staffed shop in Thailand costs a fraction what it does in the UK.
I don't have a problem with stuff in the shops being dearer than grey market stuff but when local councils actively conspire to kill off businesses I start to think they should be dragged from their cushy council offices and birched in public... either that or replaced with people with a better answer to the problems we face.