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As of now all the international Amazon websites have blocked shipping to Australian addresses (thanks lobbyists). Luckily, though, a wide assortment an extremely limited selection of "international" goods are available through the local Amazon Australia webstore.

 

Are you a Nana Mizuki fan? Of course you are. Previously available direct from Amazon Japan...

 

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... this worked out to be AU$86.71 plus around $15 in postage (though it was much less per item if you ordered a few things together). Amazon Australia is now offering the same concert - still shipped from Japan - for...

 

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Wow, thanks, Amazon! Free delivery, too!

 

Fortunately, CDJapan have decided to abide by this new tax tomfoolery.

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I can't seem to care about what Amazon may do. Not yet, anyway

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Amazon have done this GST in an asshole way, eBAY just shove the GST as part of your shipping costs.

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Given most of my amazon purchases were for things not available in Australia, and that their AU store has a poor range relatively speaking, I can't see myself using my amazon account much these days.

 

I wonder if amazon will survive in Australia after this decision - they had the capacity to be THE portal for bringing a globe of independent retailers to Australian customers with a integrated and trusted payment and shipping system. They could have made their way of collecting GST the benchmark for many people, and between them and ebay had a duopoly. But they've decided they want to get the other 'Australia Tax' as a profit.

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The model of my tablet and laptop were bought off Amazon, for some reason Australia gets "special" versions of things.

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I don't blame Amazon as much as I blame the GST whingers like Dick Smith. Whilst Amazon is certainly being greedy, I can't really hold it against them that they don't want to factor a massive amount of administration and accounting into all their sales to AU (previously they only had to account for GST for purchases above $1k).

 

If Dick Smith and Co had actually evolved their business models so that they were competitive in AU despite the growth of online markets instead of whining about GST, the Government wouldn't have introduced the tax amendments and Amazon wouldn't be blocking AU.

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Everytime I have to pay GST for my eBAY under 1000, I thinik of that poor Harvey Norman guy who can't afford to feed his million dollar horses.

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I don't blame Amazon as much as I blame the GST whingers like Dick Smith. Whilst Amazon is certainly being greedy, I can't really hold it against them that they don't want to factor a massive amount of administration and accounting into all their sales to AU (previously they only had to account for GST for purchases above $1k).

 

 

but dont they already have to be tax collectors for some American states? Canada?

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Yes. In the US they have to work out sales tax on a state by state basis, as well as some items not attracting sales tax based on the type of item, and/or where it shipped from.

 

They have to deal with VATs and sales taxes across the EU and UK and etc.

 

This is them deliberately being spiteful to protest the governments moves.

 

Blaming Australian retailers is a little bit on the nose, considering that people would still be buying from overseas (exchange rate being strong, anyway, which it's now slipping away from) even with needing to pay GST.

 

I've been making the most of staying in Arizona this past month - I get stung with an 8% sales tax above and beyond the prices listed, but there's a big distribution warehouse in the city, so they tell me it'll take upto 2 weeks for free shipping to arrive, but it's here the next day. Shame the exchange rate is balls atm.

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Australian retailers get their imported product GST free, the hypocrites.

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And then have to collect GST on it because it's sold here, right?

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True but the price difference between items here and Australia is that huge, I think the GST is a small factor then add the unofficial Australia tax.

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