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23 August 2015 @ 12:41 am
Still not a level playing field  
For years now, Australian retailers have been complaining about the unfair advantage that overseas online retailers have - namely the lack of goods and services tax (GST - the Oz equivalent of VAT) on overseas purchases. Now this is supposedly about to change, with the federal government introducing legislation to have GST payable on all online purchases by Australian residents.

I was curious to see what kind of difference this would make, so I did some shopping around. Pricing for the complete series of The Thick of It was $90 at its cheapest (surprisingly, at the ABC store) and $95 at Sanity. Series 7 of George Gently $35 was the best price I could find, for a total of $125 for both.

amazon.co.uk sold them to me, along with a book I was wanting, for $105. Even if GST had been applicable, at 10%, the transaction would have cost $115.50, still saving $10.

Just for comparison's sake I did a search on Dr Who, the 12th doctor DVD set. Sanity wants $79.99 for it; amazon.co.uk is asking 19 pounds sterling. Double that and add $10 for postage, plus 10% GST, I'm still way ahead. I really don't think the GST addition is going to help Aussie retailers, but it will add to the government coffers.
Current Mood: amusedamused
sunray45: B&D LLSsunray45 on August 24th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
Anything to make it harder for Australians and filling the Government's coffers seems to be the thing with these people. Wonder if they have gone into it as far as you have.
miwahni: Pros Ray frownmiwahni on August 24th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
From the government's point of view it's a good little earner, really. It's the retailers who have been screaming for the change but it looks as though they don't stand to benefit from it.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on September 6th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
I have to admit to being a bit fascinated by prices in Australia.

I know everything in the US looks like a ridiculous bargain to my Australian colleague, well except for the health insurance. :D
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on September 9th, 2015 10:36 am (UTC)
There's a lot of protection around prices for things like books and CDs, making us a lot more expensive than the US. No surprise then that people have turned in a big way to online shopping from overseas.
Actually Amazon keeps reminding me that they now have an Australian site, and suggesting I register there for kindle downloads etc - no way.