WEEE needs you

Right, let?s revisit WEEE. Before I start, I should say I?m not an authority on WEEE and you should do your own research to keep yourself legal ? I would suggest contacting WeeeCare, who helped me with this, on 0844 800 2004.
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If you sell electronic or electrical goods that have been manufactured by someone else, you are classified as a distributor and must offer to take back the same type of item as you supply. You can collect these to be taken away by a WEEE processing firm.

If you offer repairs as a service, the components you change can be included in this collection, the cost of which depends on the company you deal with and the weight and mix of the goods you want to dispose of. It could actually be free of charge. Alternatively, you can pay to join the Distributor Take Back scheme and direct customers to local facilities.

However, if you manufacture any goods yourself, you must pay the Environmental Agency a yearly registration fee, along with fees to your processing firm. Here is where the problem lies. If you are VAT registered and your annual turnover is under £1 million, WEEE laws will cost you over £300 to make just one PC. In fact, if you are in this turnover bracket at all, keeping within the law makes your PCs very expensive and very uncompetitive.

This is an issue that we need your support with – we need to get the point across to the Government that our members are being unfairly dealt with and many have even ceased trading due to these costs. Join us and we can shout louder.


Engaged? You should be

Here's a complaint that I frequently hear from independent resellers: "Vendors and distributors just don't want to listen to us little guys."

Are you covered?

Last month I wrote about the power of leasing and how this could be put to good use by indies during these tough economic times. My email inbox has had some interesting correspondence in it.

Sorry Apple - you have become too expensive

I thought it was about time I presented one of my more controversial commentaries. Lately, resellers have reminded me about one particular aspect of selling Macs that is now causing a noticeable problem.


You don't progress by standing still

By now readers will be aware that the PCA has progressed to become the TCA ?the Technology Channels Association?by joining with the Mac Technology Association. Since you will probably have already read the press releases and the comment around them, I thought you might also appreciate a bit of the inside story.

Times are changing

We were recently contacted by a start-up business, wanting to do the right thing by joining the appropriate trade association and asking if there were any special qualifications needed, or regulations to comply with, if they were to build and sell computers.