I have been in conversation over the last few days with 4 teachers who are experiencing back-to-school misery and frustration with their efforts to source and purchase BBC micro:bits in Ireland.
Maplin is the only listed BBC micro:bit reseller in the Republic of Ireland on the micro:bit website. I have purchased from Maplin Shops in Dublin since they were established. However, I would not order the BBC Micro:bit board through the Maplin Irish website. The UK listed price of £12.99 is now advertised at €19.45 on the Irish Maplin site. I can only presume that the VAT difference and the Irish so called “FREE “Delivery is in fact a next day courier service to merit the inflated Irish price. We live on an island – not on the moon.
Farnell element14 seemed to have dropped the ball in Ireland. Apparently, they are only interested in bulk orders and refer the would-be customer to CPC Ireland Farnell which is based in Preston. CPC Ireland Farnell charge for handling for every item instead of one charge when the shopping cart is processed. They also push multiples on certain products but the final insult is the notice above the invoice which reads . . .
- For international orders please contact our Export Coordinator at . . .
- Export orders cannot be processed on the website. All Export deliveries are subject to freight and restrictions.
Check out YOBIBIT.ie for a comprehensive stock list of STEAM products for the Irish market.
Radionics Ireland is based in Dublin 12 since I was a child. Unfortunately, they do not have the BBC micro:bit agency but they do offer a small discount to schools for multiple purchase of the same item. They have an excellent Raspberry Pi range of accessories in stock.
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