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Note on buying goods from the Channel Islands.
A number of the leading DVD/CD/Games internet retailers trade from the Channel Islands. As the Channel Ship clipartIslands are not part of the EU as far as VAT is concerned, companies based here do not have to charge VAT. The problem for the UK consumer though is that if you import goods over the value of £18, then technically you are liable to pay Customs and Excise the VAT on those goods. However, many Channel Island based retailers actually take care of the VAT, themselves, on goods over £18, so that the price you see is the price you pay. What we have noticed is that if you buy a number of small items from the Channel Islands, the retailer will usually split the order so that each parcel is less than £18 anyway:-)!
We are currently trying to establish the position with regard to all Channel Island retailers listed on Easytorecall. Please see each individual review for details.
For more information on importing goods from abroad, please see our article. Please also note that there is no import duty due on goods from the Channel Islands.

Headers: Books, Electronics & Photo, Music, DVD, Video, Software, PC & Video Games, Home & Garden, Toys & Games
Although associated mostly with books of which they have a huge stock, covering nearly all subjects, Amazon now sells virtually everything. And their prices are surprisingly good. The electrical goods, for example, are very competitively priced. The site is very easy to navigate and there are also a huge selection of useful, and usually well written reviews for products. You can also search for goods available in the auction department plus you can get good deals from the many used items sold at Amazon.
Special Features: 30 returns policy.
Free Delivery on most orders >£15

Headers: Groceries, Financial Services, Books, CDs, DVDs, Games, Electricals, Furniture, Gifts, Mobile Phones, Opticians, Photo, Travel
Not just groceries, but speaking of which, if you order your groceries online with an Asda credit card you get free delivery! Check the website to see if they deliver in your area.
Asda Entertainment
• FREE UK Delivery
• Extensive catalogue both current and back-catalogue
• Regular price checks against competitors

BBC Shop
Headers: Audio books (CDs, Cassettes, MP3 CDs), Books, Calendar, Clothing, DVDs, Mixed Packs, Software, Toys & Games, Videos
The BBC is selling a range of over 4000 BBC related items, including many BBC television and radio productions as either audio books or DVDs or both. BBC books that accompany many productions are also available, as is a limited amount of toys and games. There is also a limited number of software titles, including some nice ones for younger children plus a few for PS2, GBA and Xbox. (For software, click software and then BBC Multimedia Website). I couldn't find any clothing, or calendars!

Blah DVD
Headers: DVDs, CDs, Music Downloads, Games, Stuff
Fast and easy to navigate website selling a large range of DVDs and CDs. Many special offers and promotions available. Blah DVD has teamed up with Oxfam to provide music downloads plus, in addition to a small range of gadgets and consumables, they are now offering a wide range of games for PS2, PC, Xbox, Cube, GBA, DS, 360 and PSP. Blah DVD is based in Jersey. There is no VAT to pay on items under £18 as they are based in the Channel Islands: on items over £18, Blah DVD takes care of the VAT.
Free UK Delivery
Gift Service: You can send your gift directly to the recipients address. (And they have worldwide delivery)
International Delivery Available

Headers, CD, DVD, Games, MP3 Players
CD-WOW is an online music retailer specialising in providing CD's. Their range includes not only new release albums, but also an extensive back catalogue of music throughout the ages. Order tracking link at top of every page and 'money back unless absolutely satisfied' guarantee on top of your normal rights. CD Wow is based in Beaconsfield, Bucks.
Free Worldwide Delivery

Headers: New, Rare, Collectable, Used & Hard To Find CDs, Vinyl Records, Rare CD singles, Picture Discs, Rare Vinyl, 12", 7", Limited Editions, Promos, Imports, Albums & Music Memorabilia from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 2000s
Eil has a large stock of new albums and feature top chart news but they also specialise in rare and collectables, with a stock of 250,000 CDs and vinyl records. Memorabila includes fanzines, presspacks calendars etc. They also buy rare records and CDs so if you have something to sell contact them via the site.  Visit the busy forum which seems to be full of music buffs. Eil stands for Esprit International Limited which has its head office in Meopham Kent and offices in US, South America and Japan.
Note: only Music DVDs

Headers: Music Albums, DVD, Games, Competitions, MP3 Players, Ipod, Books
With a warehouse located in the Channel Isles, HMV is now offering low priced CDs and region 2 DVDs. Games available for Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, GBA, PC, Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. Prices on the website are VAT free, but for For UK customers VAT will be added from items greater than £18.
Special Features: 10% off student discount.
Free UK Delivery
International Deliveries Available

Headers: Audio Books, DVD & Video, Music, Hobbies
Very large range of audiobooks, including fiction, radio and non fiction titles. Also a smallish selection of videos/DVDs that includes nostaglic film, TV dramas, crime, comedy and general interests. Very competitive pricing. Buy online or request a catalogue. Listen2 is based in St. Lawrence, Jersey, and is a division of Flying Flowers.
Free Delivery

Movie Mail
Headers :Film Catalogue, News, Media, Film Collections
Not just a DVD retailer, but a website for film lovers, crammed full of news and information. Huge collection of films from all over the world. Search by film title, director, stars or country. Includes films other that the usual blockbuster releases. Whilst you are browsing the site, why not check out the MovieMail podcasts? Moviemail is based in Hereford.
Free UK Delivery
• International Deliveries Available

Headers: DVD, Music, Games, Books, Electronics, Gadgets, Ringtones
Huge selection of DVDs, CDs, books and games for PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, DS, GBA, Game Cube and N-Gage. And if thats not enough, the elctronics department carries a wide range of audio visual equipment, PC consumables and peripherals plus digital cameras and camcorders. You can also get sim free mobiles here and a good selection of gadgets. Play.com is based in Jersey, which means that all items are VAT free, which is good news for items less than £18. Please note, however, that goods over the value of £18 bought from the Channel Islands will be subject to VAT (not import duty). Play.com do not pay this, so you may be liable to pay extra when these goods are delivered. Having said this, Play.com do have some very good deals which sometimes more than offset this extra charge.
Free Delivery

Power Play Direct
Headers: DVD, Music, Video, Games
Power Play Direct is offering all latest DVD, CD and games releases as well as a very good selection of older releases. Games are available for PS2, PSX, GBA, Gamecube, Dreamcast and PC. They have special deals and multibuys, plus the current top ten in DVDs, CDs, and games charts. Subscribe to their newsletter for new releases, exclusive offers, competitions and reviews. Excellent, fast loading site. Power Play Direct is based in St Peter Port, Guernsey
Free Delivery

Headers: Loyalty gifts, DVD movies, Music, Gamezone, PCzone, Home Electronics, Software, Clearance
Savapoint is a cut price online store offering DVDs, CDs, Software and Games (PCs, PS1 & 2, X-Box, Game Cube, GBA, Mobile games - no consoles). They also do competitively priced home electronics (small selection of TVs, VCRs, Home Cinema, DVD Players, CD/MP3, Digital Cameras and Camcorders), Gadgets and PC components, including graphics cards, motherboards, storage and networking etc. They have a decent selection (>150 titles) of cut price software in most categories including childrens, hobbies etc. They have a good CDs selection with "oldies" as well as latest releases. If you order software or DVD's they are packaged in dvd-boxes, plastic jewel cases or slip case but 'definitely in a way that it can be posted through your mail box', avoiding the need for you to stay in for special deliveries. Larger deliveries will be despatched by courier requiring signature. Savapoint is based in Burton Upon Trent, Staffs.

Headers: Music, Film & TV, Books, Garden
As you can see from the headers, Selections offers a rather eclectic mix of products. Large selection of CDs, classical and modern, but specialising in classical, often at very competitive prices but also stock a good range of jazz, nostalgia, soundtracks and popular titles. Large selection of DVDs, videos and tapes. The book department stocks a wide range of deleted and remainder books covering most subject areas, so plenty of bargains to be had. Good range of classical sheet music. If jigsaws are your thing, then there is plenty of choice here. The garden department offers a good range of gardening accessories, from lawnmowers to bird boxes.
Special Features: 60 day returns policy. Selections is based in Dorchester.
International Delivery Available

Headers: DVD, Video, Games, Accessories,
Sendit.com sell a wide range of DVDs and videos from blockbuster titles to TV series to classics. Have bargain film titles at £6.99 and TV titles for £5.99 to £9.99. They also sell games for PS2, Xbox, PC, Nintendo, Gamecube and Gameboy advance. Also have other accessories including, posters, film cells, media storage, and remote controls.
Gift Wrapping: £3.00
Free Delivery

Headers: DVDs, CDs
Store4.com offers a massive range of over 30,000 region 1 DVDs and 180,00 music cds. They also sell region 2 DVDs. All genres are covered for film and music. As you may have guessed, this is a US based company, although all items for Europe are shipped from London, so there is no import duty or VAT to consider.
Free Delivery

Tesco.com Entertainment
Headers: Books, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Games, Consoles, Games Accessories
Tesco have a huge number of entertainment products online, covering all genres from classical music to rap and reggae, and from feature films to documentaries. They also have an extensive range of music DVDs. Games are for Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, DS, PC, PSP and PS2 and, again, appear to cover most genres. Clubcard points on all purchases.
Free Delivery

W H Smith
Headers: Books, DVD & Video, Music, Games, Stationery & Cards, Magazines & Gifts
WHSmith.co.uk is one of the most trusted sites on the Internet, offering you access to over 2.1 million products, including 1.5 million books and thousands of CDs, DVDs, videos, computer games and stationery products. They are pretty good for book prices and have some good 2 for 1 deals but if you are just looking for, say, 1 CD you would probably advised to check out other more specialised sites first.


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