Happy New Year (& VAT)

Happy New Year to all our customers and friends; we hope that you have enjoyed the festive season, and wish you all a great 2011.

We know that many of you have spent a lot of money with us in 2010, a good many people on several occasions (so we must be doing something right!), and we are obviously both grateful and hope that this pattern will continue into 2011 and beyond. Everybody who spent more than £2,000 with us in 2010 has been sent a special loyalty card, the code on which entitles them to a discount of everything they buy (big or small) in 2011. If you think you should have received a card, and it doesn’t arrive in the next few days, please contact us and say so.

We’ll be bringing the full range of Draper camping equipment online in the next month, and we’re really excited about this. Draper is fairly new to the UK camping scene, but they are a well-established company with a brand reputation for selling good quality products at sensible prices. If you don’t already receive our newsletter, sign up now and you’ll be notified as soon as this new range is uploaded.

Back to Earth with a bump: we’ve spent part of our New Year’s Day changing all the inc-VAT prices on the store to reflect the VAT increase from 17.5% to 20.0%; so if looks like the prices displayed have gone up, they have! The ex-VAT prices are still the same as before, meaning that our VAT-registered business customers will pay the same in 2011 as they did in 2010. Unfortunately the government has decreed that all private customers must pay a little more. It’s not the end of the world though and taking a 12 volt Omnistep Slide Out 550 as an example: we’re now selling it for £238.54 including VAT; previously we were selling it for £233.63 including VAT; and Omnistor’s RRP is £297.30 (was £291.19) including VAT. So you still save around £58 by buying it from us rather than elsewhere.

Be warned however that many manufacturers will increase their recommended retail prices (RRP), and trade prices (i.e. what we pay), in January so we may not be able to hold the current prices much longer. If there’s something you need then you would be well advised to buy it now, rather than wait until the 2011 camping season begins at Easter.

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