5 years ago it wasn’t possible to buy lock pick supplies in the UK unless you were a genuine trading locksmith. This has all changed now and there’s quite a few places in the UK selling pick sets, bump keys, mortice picks and other tools.
It’s astounding however how bad the bulk of these websites are, and the extortionate prices that they charge.
First up, North East Locksmith Supplies.The website looks bad enough that I certainly wouldn’t want to give them card details, and I’d be surprised if anything I paid for actually turned up. They sell the 32 piece Klom pick set for £32.99. Dealextreme have it for $32.49 (about £21). That’s a hell of a mark up.
Next up, ukbumpkeys.com. The website is marginally better but still looks dated and cheap. They sell this set of comb picks for £14.99, which is $11.13 at Dealextreme – or about £7.50. Worse still is the price of the bump keys themselves. 6 keys will cost you £35. These are blank keys, cut deeply on a cutting machine with the shoulder ground off – if you are making 10s of them it is a very quick process. That’s almost £6 a key!
Then we have uklockpickers.co.uk – another quick look round shows the rip off prices they charge for cheap imported pick sets.
LocksRUsUK.co.uk – would anyone part with their cash on a website that looks this bad? The only upside is that some of the kits are relatively good value.
Devon Locks seems to be the best of a bad bunch – they seem to have restricted themselves to more quality products.
North East Locksmith Supplies, uklockpickers.co.uk and LocksRUsUK.co.uk don’t even have an business address on their website. I bet it’s pretty much impossible returning anything to them.
I can imagine this will result in me being banned from a couple of forums, but anyway.