New version of Amazon Prices for Ireland

From previous post

…a little greasemonkey script that adds the irish price below each pound sterling price when you’re on a product details page. Here’s what it looks like,

Amazon Product with Irish Price

This new minor version fixes a problem that caused the irish price not to appear on certain pages. It also includes a message indicating shipping costs.

The vew version can be installed by visiting the script’s homepage on userscripts.org.

HTC Hero Mobile Internet Settings for Vodafone Ireland

After porting over to Vodafone recently I’ve had a bit of trouble trying to get internet access up and running. I’m using a HTC Hero and since Vodafone don’t sell that model they couldn’t push the settings out to the handset. Luckily their internal support desk was able to get me up and running in no time.

I’m using their Mobile Internet Addon which gives you 500MB for €9.99. I think there’s a different APN if you’re on one of their packages that give’s you a couple of Gb/month. These settings might work in those cases.

You’ll probably need to restart the mobile network after entering these settings. You do that by unticking and then reticking the Mobile network menu option in the Wireless controls menu.

The bold settings are the ones I actually entered. The rest are just the defaults.

Name: Vodafone Live
APN: live.vodafone.com
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: vodafone
Password: vodafone
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: <Not set>
MMS Port: <Not set>
MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
MMS: 272
MNC: 01
APN Type: <Not set>

Amazon Prices for Ireland

Since Amazon resumed shipping electonics to Ireland earlier this year they’re definitely worth checking out when you’re shopping around. The problem with browsing their site is that all the prices are in pounds sterling with no euro conversion. You don’t know exactly how much something is going to cost until you get to the very last page in the checkout process. That’s the page where they show the euro price with irish VAT applied.

To make life a bit easier I’ve put together a little greasemonkey script that adds the irish price below each pound sterling price when you’re on a product details page. Here’s what it looks like,

Amazon Product with Irish Price

To install the script ensure you have the Greasemonkey plugin installed and then click the “Install” button on this page.

Some points to note,

  • the calculation is approximate since the exchange rate won’t be the exact one used by Amazon
  • shipping isn’t accounted for. if you’re ordering over £25(~€28) worth of stuff then shipping will be free but below that you’ll pay the usual prices
  • to determine if a product is a book (and hence exempt from VAT) the script simply searchs for the text “ISBN-10” so there could be false positives
  • Irish VAT is assumed to be 21.5% 21%
  • British VAT is assumed to be 15% 17.5%

The homepage for the plugin is http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/64262. The source is available on github.