Given the recent VAT rate change in the UK I’ve released a new version of the Amazon Prices for Ireland browser plugin.
This script will decorate product pages on amazon.co.uk with the equivilent irish price. This price will be in euro and include the irish VAT rate where applicable.
Firefox GreaseMonkey Script: Install, Source Code
Chrome Extension: Install, Source Code
Even though amazon.co.uk ship to Ireland they don’t price their products in Euro. It’s not until we reach the very last page of the order process that we see the full Euro value of the order with Irish VAT applied.
What this plugin does is update each product page with the equivalent Euro price. The GBP to EUR rate is retrieved in real time from Yahoo Finance. The Irish VAT rate of 21% is included except on books which are exempt from VAT.
Now available on Chrome.
The original Firefox version is still available here.
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,
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.
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,
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
- British VAT is assumed to be
The homepage for the plugin is http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/64262. The source is available on github.
Mashup Camp Dublin is coming up and IBM are running a Business Mashup Challenge.
Amazon’s Web Services are very appealing so I was thinking of putting together a mashup that shows you the price of a book from each of Amazon’s international sites in your own local currency and with postage included. Unfortunately (well for me anyway) after a bit of searching on ProgrammableWeb.com I found that it’s already been done, Pricenoia – and very nicely too.
Anyone got any ideas for a mashup that would be interesting/fun/useful/all three?