Why no Monome distribution in Europe?

Plenty of users there who won’t try or buy because of shipping costs and customs.
I personally often buy modules at Modularsquare in France or at Schneidersladen in Germany.

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Looks like they need to have a restock, but Escape from Noise in Sweden certainly sell Monome.
Maybe ask them if they can get hold of what you want?



Thanks. I’m already full of monome equipment bought directly, but i know that they are very rare in France because of the distribution.

There’s so much eurorack out there these days that I imagine it is difficult for retailers to keep anything like a selection of all manufacturers in stock.

I’m sure if Modularsquare or Schneiders had people asking for them to get some Monome modules in stock they would do so :slight_smile:


FWIW I’ve heard exactly this from several store owners. MUCH better to have potential customers asking than manufacturers pushing.

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Escape From Noise is a great shop with good service over email contact. Highly recommended.

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No Monome stuff at Escape from Noise anymore?

we’ve actually completely discontinued using retailers.

the reasons are fundamentally economic: retailers take usually 30% of the list price, which is essentially the same profit margin we make as the designer/manufacturer. this is a huge deal for a company who is one person full time (me) plus a few part time people.

retailers pass on the shipping and import duty costs to you, so i believe the only thing you really save is convenience of not having to deal with UPS and duty payments (i apologize for this). that said, we only charge $40 for intl shipping (which costs us substantially more).

i wish we could do better, but commerce thrives on middle-man businesses (credit card companies, shipping, etc) so this was the choice we made to keep things running.


I should point out that even though it shipped from the US, it was a very quick delivery here to Stockholm and the customs for my norns was about $100 (thanks for also reporting the customs value properly!). much quicker than a lot of local companies have delivered in the past :slight_smile:

also much nicer to have the funds going direct to the source.


I respect this point of view

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I used to buy my monome stuff from Escape from noise, which by the way its a great shop, so is Ulf.

I completely understand monome´s commercial take on this, and since them changing the distribution i have been ordering direct a few times and i have had 0 problems.

Posting charges are good :slight_smile:

customs suck!

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