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To check prices at Caithness shops contact them via our growing Business Pages  

Price Comparison Sites
Froogle Google
Beta version and priced in dollars at 16 December 2002
One to keep checking as it is upgraded.

            About Froogle

Homeshopping - evaluates shopping sites and also finds good deals.

Which Online 

Before shopping you might like to look at Rip Off Britain

Charity Shop on the Web
Barnardoshop 
Catalogue with over 400 items.

Remember
If buying outside the UK that orders worth more than 18 will be liable to VAT (not books)
Certain items have excise duty also.
Check out the Customs and Excise web site at
 www.hmce.gov.uk/bus/info/books.htm  

British Customs guide for Travellers has useful information on what you can import legally or not www.hmce.gov.uk/notices/notice1.htm 
Shop Smart - Gateway to over 1000 shops.

Energy Price Comparisons News
From 1 May 2003
Energylinx is a web based neutral intermediary serving the needs of domestic electricity and gas consumers in the UK. We launch on 1 May 2003. Our site offers a free search facility of all gas and electricity tariffs/suppliers available to the domestic consumer. Domestic consumers will be able to switch supplier online. It also allows users to compare and save their own details for future reference. All services to the consumer are provided free of charge and without any commitment.  The Energylinx mission is to become and remain the largest, most innovative and customer friendly information provider related to home energy, home energy pricing, and the energy industry in general throughout the UK.  In addition, the site provides substantial detail on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the various grants available to domestic consumers throughout the UK. It also provides a weekly news bulletin, which can be subscribed to, covering all energy related news throughout the Europe, although primarily the UK.

Best Energy Deals www.buy.co.uk
How to cut your fuel bills if you can switch suppliers.
Also www.kura.co.uk run by an accountant.

Phone Bills
Check out the best telephone subscriber deals at Oftels new site www.phonebills.org.uk/ 

If you have problems with Online shopping go to
  www.internetshoppermag.co.uk/ 

Trading Standards or 
in Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau will provide you with a leaflet -
Know Your Rights 3: Buying by Post
Check your local telephone book.

Many Search Engines
 
now provide gateways to Online
shopping but they will not necessarily show you everything.  
As always it may pay to shop around to find the best bargain, service, delivery charges etc.
Shopping From Yell
Alta Vista

Freeserve
Yahoo

Universal Currency Convertor

Office of Fair Trading
For information on shopping Online.

Check The Duty Payable
Tariff Classification Service 01702 366077
 to get a code for an item.
Then check with Customs at 0171 202 4277.

Check Out the Guardian Web Site on Shopping  www.shoppingunlimited.co.uk  continually updated.
 Warning - Never put your credit card number in an Email.
Use a secure web site which  encrypts your details.