I pay my tax, it's gone up a lot recently. Now I'm taxed for my childrens' bedroom.
It's fairly well known that Amazon UK are cooking the books somehow and getting away with a tax bill far lower than expected under British law. The fact that their main business for serving the UK is based in Luxumbourg allows them to pay a far lower tax on the continent for the billions of pounds in revenue they acquire from the British public. Despite empowering sole traders and small businesses with their global marketplace, their contribution is seen as lacking in a significant way. When families are forced to cut back month after month as more prices go up and more services are stripped of funding and, the vulnerable are getting the sore end of the stick time and again in the name of boosting the economy, it can feel very unfair.
Amazon are a global phenomenon and they know it, it is in their interests to have you go to their site and buy your things and so they aim to stock everything possible. So let's turn the tables. Here are some great online UK stores which can serve you just as well as Amazon UK.
Better World Books
This book company specialise in second hand books. They have a massive selection of used and new, and they love their rare titles. A real loving family seem to run this website, and they show their love for literature by actively working with charities across the UK which support libraries and literacy projects. Their name means what it says, as each book sold has a portion taken for good work around the country. After all that good work, what's more is they have a free worldwide shipping policy in place too, meaning no hidden costs at the end. Better World Books.
OK, it might sound obvious, but it's really important. Ebay is completely dependent on people who use their platform to buy and sell. They take a fee for this service and then everyone gets to do business. With bidding or buy it now systems in place, there's a deal either way. There's no limit to what eBay UK can offer, they have sellers from all over the world and from every industry. Be it books,music, art, clothes or something else entirely, eBay UK is a good start.
Green Man Gaming
This innovative company have a massive database of PC Mac and Nintendo games ready to be downloaded. They save on all sorts of wasteful costs by delivering the goods electronically which means you don't have to wait so long either. Because of these savings, your price is lower too. More reason to visit Better World Books with your change. The company have a great forum and blog so gamers from all over the world can exchange information and experiences with their favourite past-times. When customers use the site at Green Man Gaming, they earn credits which can build up to buy games with. So if you review the games you buy and take part in the conversations, you get rewards on the way.
At this dedicated site, customers are able to subscribe to a huge number of magazines either electronically or in paper format. They've taken great care to ensure the prices are right, the special deals are worthwhile and the library of titles is representative of all tastes. You'll find not only the major listings but pretty much all the niche tastes too, making this a must-go place for anyone with a hobby or interest of any kind.
This awesome site is fully customisable. They will sell you clothing, posters, art works, and all kinds of office and home utensils - each with artisan, designer or personalised designs on them. Their range is growing day by day as new designers post their work for sale on a selection of their ingenious products. If you want an iPhone case with your face on it, look no further. Of course, they have some amazing artists on board and their products are well worthwhile.
These worldwide jewellers offer free international shipping. They have a massive range of high quality precious metal and stone pieces, stretching to over 20,000 items. Their styles range from classic and vintage to contemporary and modern. The site shows everything up super-close so there's no doubt as to what you'll get. Of course there will be things you won't be into, welcome to a jeweler's but, there's a lot for everyone.
OK, this is an American company, but it's worth mentioning. These guys sell canvas, you can even make your own by uploading photos and art. Customers who visit through this site are also given a special gift of 25% off. So rather than going to Amazon for something that you can probably get on the high-street, go to CanvasWorld and find something made by someone else. It will be noticeable!
These guys will sell you all the ebooks you could need, and their prices represent the global market or better so there's nothing to lose. The electronic delivery means you can be reading in seconds and payment is simple as click click done, just like any other modern and well organised web store. The lack of warehouse space for needed for ebooks means that they can store titles from all over the genre field and still have room for tomorrows release at a press of a button. With continual reductions and a dynamic stock rotation, they're worth checking out too.
Right, that's all for now. I hope you enjoy these sites and please share this page with your mates so more people can start bypassing the global greedy guts, Amazon UK.
Rowan Blair Colver
In association with Alternative Fruit