The Lego online webshop might not be the cheapest way to get your complete sets but they do carry the full range of HiTechnic NXT sensors, many of which are not sold in Europe through toy stores or other online retailers. I ordered my HiTechnic IR Link Sensor on Saturday evening and received it just this morning. That might seem a little slow to some people but I didn’t use the Express service, so all in all, it got here pretty quickly. They say up 5-7 work days, but I’ve never had anything take more than about 3 or 4. So no complaints there.
Upon delivery of the package I was somewhat surprised by the size of the cardboard box. The box measured 32x21x8 cm, doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? However, I had a good idea of what was in there and to be honest, it didn’t warrant the amount of cardboard that it had. The small thing in the middle of the picture is the actual sensor, it measures approximately 4×1.5×1.5 cm and doesn’t really weigh a whole lot. When my replacement NXT brick came a few weeks ago, the packaging was nice and snug and not all that much bigger than the brick itself. Granted, we can’t be sending packages the size of matchboxes through the post, but even something the size of the label on this box would’ve been a whole lot better. Please start using smaller boxes for things that don’t take up all that much space. I know you have the smaller boxes, the NXT brick was proof of that. You don’t want to end up on a site like this: LINK.