Buying Consumer Electronics Online, in Ireland?

Hey lazyweb, hear my plea! What are my options for buying consumer electronics online, now that I’m back in Ireland?

I like online shopping. I dislike Argos, and I really hate Dixons, Currys and all the rest of the consumer-electronics high-street operations. Get me on the net and out of the nasty little shops and I’m happy. ;)

All in all, I’m a bit of an Amazon fan. However, now that I’m back in Ireland, I’ve been brought back to earth with a bang on that count; the prices are OK for items at both and — but shipping is turning out to be a total disaster.

Basically, I’ve put in two orders, paid through the nose for basic shipping, and neither has turned up. For example — I ordered this phone a week and a half ago, on the 9th March, ponying up UKP 27 for the item — and a painful UKP 7 for shipping by International Mail.

Delivery estimate on ordering was for between 5 and 7 days — 14th to the 16th March. That was long enough — but it still hasn’t turned up, and is still claiming that that is the current estimate, despite the 16th of March being 4 days ago ;)

On top of that, it appears they don’t offer any way to track the packages using that shipping method, so who knows what’s happening with the damn thing right now.

If I compare that with an order I made at last November, in which I nabbed a handy FM transmitter for my iPod — in that case, I got it shipped by plain old US Postal Service for $4.51, which was handily discounted as Super Saver Shipping. That — as with pretty much all my orders — arrived in 3-4 days, and for a hell of a lot cheaper too. If I’d had to pay for shipping (which I didn’t anyway), $4.51 vs UKP 7 works out as a third of the price, no less.

I’m guessing this is mainly down to being shoddy in terms of how it deals with shipping to Ireland, and there are probably sites that use better-quality shipping partners.

Surely there must be better deals with vendors in Ireland, or even elsewhere in the Eurozone? Anyone know? Please drop us a line in the comments!

Update: the items arrived — 14 days after ordering. This is a moot point now, though, since are no longer selling ‘PC & Video Games, Toys & Games, Gift items, Electronics & Photo and Home & Garden items’ to Ireland; I guess it was easier to give up on the Irish market for now. Very disappointing — but I’m waiting to see what happens next.

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  1. Posted March 20, 2006 at 14:34 | Permalink

    Amazon no longer complain that they won’t ship electronics to Ireland? Happy days…

    For general stuff like that, is handy ( uses the US froogle, so it’s not as local).

  2. Posted March 20, 2006 at 14:58 | Permalink

    I used this site: when I bought some wifi gear this year. Prob not the cheapest but service was quick and painless and it all turned up when they said it would.


    PS I’m not affiliated to them in any way

  3. walter
    Posted March 20, 2006 at 15:05 | Permalink

    I’d second Des’ recommendation of

  4. Posted March 20, 2006 at 15:29 | Permalink (thirded)

  5. Posted March 20, 2006 at 15:47 | Permalink

    Lads —

    Komplett are computer hardware. I generally would have gone for Komplett alright, but in this case I’m looking for consumer electronics — Komplett doesn’t do that as far as I can see.

    However, Dabs does — thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely be checking them out for the next purchase. Good one.

    Conall — interesting! Amazon wouldn’t ship electronics to Ireland? wtf? odd.

    BTW seems a little unreliable. They offer only this bizarre selection when I try a test search for that phone — just one shop which appears to be selling no less than 971,989 items ranging from books to Marillion albums to cordless phones, but yet I’ve never heard of them. Their website looks very iffy. I suspect they’re a spammer.

  6. Posted March 20, 2006 at 15:54 | Permalink

    Justin, are pretty good for wireless and networking bits and pieces…

  7. Simon
    Posted March 20, 2006 at 16:32 | Permalink

    Komplett have been branching into more and more consumer electronics and games recently.

    Take a look at They even managed to get a camera ordered on the wednesday night before christmas delivered by lunchtime on the friday.

  8. Posted March 20, 2006 at 18:27 | Permalink

    I’ve always ordered a lot from Dabs in the UK and last year they dropped their shipping prices to Ireland so it is only a small bump over UK shipping.

    Pixmania are very efficient (based in France) but their prices are not great. But I did get a camcorder from them which was good value.

    I’ve used Avitos ( in Germany and they are quite good but the site is in German so Google Translations are needed. The main problem with most German vendors is that they do not accept credit cards. I believe Avitos got rid of that limitation last year.

    I have been meaning to try out as they accept Credit Cards. If the delivery charges are reasonable then at least you avoid the exchange rate.

    I’ve given up on Komplett as the selection is never great (for PC parts anyway) and the prices are not competitive with places like Dabs.

  9. Posted March 20, 2006 at 20:18 | Permalink Amazon marketplace sellers can be pretty reasonable and sells a lot of new stuff as well

  10. Posted March 20, 2006 at 23:59 | Permalink

    hea justin,

    I have used, Amazon’s Irish store with great success. I recently bought this: DVD player and it arrived in about 2 days. I was really impressed with the speed, and the price was pretty good too.

    I would suggest having a look at before looking at

    hth, b.

  11. Posted March 21, 2006 at 00:33 | Permalink

    Bernard – is just an affiliate frontend to amazon UK.

  12. Posted March 21, 2006 at 10:34 | Permalink

    I was just ordering some books on and decided to lob in a £20 DVD player too. It wouldn’t let me order it – which is consistent with what Conall was saying. This is strange considering we bought our digital camera from them 2 years ago. But the same DVD player is available from the shopireland affiliate so I’ll get it there instead.

  13. Posted March 21, 2006 at 11:12 | Permalink

    Michele – yup is’s Irish shopfront but they allow you to buy electronics (TVs/DVD players/toasters/phones etc)

    Conor – yeah won’t (or at least in the past) allow you buy electronics from the and .com sites. will allow you buy electronics. Semantics I guess but….

    ShopIreland has been good for me when it comes to electronics, so add it to your list when shopping.


  14. Posted March 21, 2006 at 11:31 | Permalink

    Bernard – is NOT Amazon UK’s anything. It’s run by a guy in Belfast who is a member of their affiliate program. You can buy electronics from Amazon UK direct – I got a DVD player two years ago without any issue. If you are having issues buying electronics from the UK site you must be doing something wrong.

  15. Posted March 21, 2006 at 11:48 | Permalink

    Bernard, erm…Michele – D’oh! I was full sure it was…herm. My bad.

    “We are associated with, and all payment processing, delivery and returns are handled by Amazon.”

    I would have read that to be part of

    Anyway..I live and learn.


  16. Posted March 21, 2006 at 11:54 | Permalink

    You’re not the first person to fall into that trap :) Just whois it :)

  17. Pamurai
    Posted March 23, 2006 at 05:24 | Permalink

    justin!!!! just wanted to say hello and comment on your blog even though i have no real input. congrats on new job! when will you be coming to visit? p

  18. Posted March 23, 2006 at 11:31 | Permalink

    thanks everyone for the useful suggestions — even if most of you all chose to ignore the “consumer electronics” angle, and instead recommend computer-hardware shops ;).

    Still I get your points — many of the hardware shops sell bits and pieces of borderline-consumer-electronics alongside the PC components. However, a test search for “DECT phone” demonstrates that they don’t offer a wide enough range — none of them sell any plain old DECT cordless phones. (there were a couple of USB “handset” devices for Skype use on a PC, but that’s not what I want.)

    For what it’s worth, the Amazon packages — both of them — finally arrived today, 2 weeks to the day after ordering. Coincidentally, that is a single day before the contractual limit of 15 days, after which the shit hits the fan for the postal service with Amazon, apparently. Absolutely pathetic.

    Worth noting that the packages were both posted from Amazon’s depot in Germany via Deutsche Post, so that would suggest that ordering from or would have the same problems :(

    Amazon really are offering a shite service here. Not impressed at all. >:(

    Also — nobody suggested

    (PS: hi Pam! I’ll mail you ;)

  19. tom
    Posted March 23, 2006 at 15:48 | Permalink

    hi justin, if you want an old-skool solution simply get whatever it is you want sent to a friend or family member in the north. shipping is then usually free and the stuff doesn’t get nicked (because it doesn’t pass through the hands of any filthy bogtrotters).

    if you don’t have any friends or family in the north you could borrow mine.

  20. Kieran
    Posted April 13, 2006 at 00:48 | Permalink

    Try (Best IRISH Online Store prices and variety) for mods and cooling)

  21. Donovan
    Posted May 4, 2006 at 00:34 | Permalink

    Hi all,

    I’m that guy from Belfast who runs Yes, it is a front end for Amazon, the point being to show Amazon’s prices in Euro with Irish VAT.

    Regarding electronics, Amazon changed their stance last week and have stopped shipping any electronics to Ireland.

    However we’re looking into putting links from the electronics section to another vendor.. it seems unlikely that Amazon will be reversing the decision to not ship to Ireland.

    All the best,


  22. Posted May 4, 2006 at 00:39 | Permalink

    hi don,

    do you know why amazon has made that decision? i guess financial…



  23. Donovan
    Posted May 4, 2006 at 01:00 | Permalink

    hi bernard,

    As far as I can tell (and their customer support hasn’t been the most helpful on this) it seems it was financial, probably related to their small margins on electronics.

    It is a pity, but hopefully some more Irish merchants will be able to fill the gap..


  24. Posted May 4, 2006 at 01:11 | Permalink

    Hi Don,

    Dang thats a pity. I was definately planning on using you guys again for other electronics stuff.

    Oh well, I’ll keep an eye on your site anyway for new suppliers.

    thanks for letting us know.


  25. Posted May 4, 2006 at 01:56 | Permalink

    They won’t ship software either. I can buy most of the software from the US but not from the UK, which is nuts, considering will quite happily sell me exactly the same titles at almost the same price including shipping!

  26. Posted November 16, 2006 at 22:31 | Permalink

    update: are no longer shipping to Ireland; I just tried to order there., however, work fine — and shipping is free.

  27. BJ
    Posted July 27, 2008 at 01:07 | Permalink

    Neither nor have Casio cameras.

    Crap selection, in other words. Why haven’t anyone set up a decent online shopping website in this country? Pathetic, you get a good selection anywhere else…

  28. andy
    Posted August 29, 2008 at 13:31 | Permalink

    does anyone know of any good (reliable, trustworthy etc) sites where you can just buy electronics online direct from Japanese suppliers?

    really feel this would be a whole lot better if there are any site like this out there

  29. Marc
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 10:29 | Permalink

    Did anyone mention Maplins? For cameras Id really recommend eBay as theres a lot of Hong Kong merchants that offer good prices. The main issue for shipping anything consumer to Ireland from outside EU is customs. You can get stuff through sometimes if the merchant is nice and doesn’t mind disguising it a bit. But Irish customs are full on desperate.. As for and others in EU its probably a margin thing.

  30. Posted November 24, 2009 at 11:06 | Permalink

    anyone heard about ? planning to buy an external drive but not sure about their products :-(

  31. b duffy
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 21:13 | Permalink seems good

  32. Posted September 24, 2010 at 06:02 | Permalink

    A good gadget shop based in ireland is – more for gadgets and gizmos than general electronics but based in Dublin with some interesting stuff…