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Hello,
I've had a bit of a break from arduino (maybe a month or so, I think) and I had a brilliant idea for a project I've been mulling over for a while.  I've just ordered a GPRS playground shield, but could do with another arduino and ethernet shield.  

I can't remember where I bought stuff from before, where's cheap and British for arduino compatibles and shields?
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I buy most of my stuff from hong kong sellers, cheaper than buying from the UK, and they don't mind helping you get things past the thieves at customs.
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I'm FAR too impatient to order from Honk Kong!

After I posted I remembered I tend to use oomlout, earthshineelectronics, coolcomponents and skpang.  There's also the new bluesmokelabs.com

I've spent far too much today.
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One thing to consider is that if there is a problem with a hong kong board, replacement may be difficult. My hong kong board has something wrong with the external power regulator,  so I just have to deal with it. If you buy in country, you probably could get things fixed easier.
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Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.   smiley-cool

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Good point zoomkat.  From that point of view bluesmokelabs is probably the best for that, it's run by thegeekway who is an active member here.
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Cool Components stocks Arduino boards and shields:

http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/
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I've just bought a GPRS playground shield from there.  Delivery was quick, but I they add VAT after you start the checkout process which I don't like at all.
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I've ordered from them a couple of times, but I didn't notice that. A lot of companies do it, such as RS and Farnell, but they mostly supply trade customers. Companies mainly supplying hobbyists tend to quote prices including VAT. I don't think there is any legislation about it for on-line buying, unlike retail sales and adverts.
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