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Offline amgsl55

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Be careful!

Split your orders to under $1000 each

Or you might find yourself paying various taxes to customs

I recently had 2 items sent from the US  -  1400 and 1600 -  no duties paid.

It's also worth asking the retailer if they can make the declaration to less than $1000

It's worth noting that freight is also included in the valuation.




Offline DVST8R

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If only I had read this sooner :( had to pay $400 to customs for them to release my goods, well lesson learnt for next time.



Offline 360c

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This thread is exactly why retail in Australia is being decimated. Internet sales are huge and growing every day and it's not an even playing field. OS players are getting a GST free kick below $1000 (and above as per this thread).  Our retailers pay higher labour and operating costs and higher taxes than most OS operators and as a result can't compete with the prices.

Who cares ? All good and well until you realise that retail is the biggest employer In Australia. It gets worse as the effects flow beyond the retailers. Seen how many vacant shops there are in many traditional shopping strips? The tenant mix changes in the strips as the retail stores go broke. You end up with a strip of take away shops, cafes and real estate agencies etc. What happens when you need something urgently, or want some advice? All of a sudden you miss those bricks and mortar stores. I buy online like everyone else; but I always try and give the retail store a shot at the sale. If they are reasonably close I'll support the locals every time.

Not sure what the solution is to all this; but it's not going to go away and ultimately there is a price to pay for killing our retail sector.



Offline B2

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Not sure what the solution is to all this; but it's not going to go away and ultimately there is a price to pay for killing our retail sector.

+1

It's the same with manufacturing, it's all the support systems that go as well.  Look at the rag trade, it will be very hard to bring it back.  I don't believe we can only be a service community and tourist destination.

I believe in making things and adding value.  Just my 2 cents. :)



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I believe in making things and adding value.  Just my 2 cents. :)

I believe in adding value. Just my 3 cents. :)




Offline 360c

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+1

It's the same with manufacturing, it's all the support systems that go as well.  Look at the rag trade, it will be very hard to bring it back.  I don't believe we can only be a service community and tourist destination.

I believe in making things and adding value.  Just my 2 cents. :)

You left out mining :) You are spot on though, once the capital intensive manufacturing industry is dead and buried it will be incredibly expensive to re-start if the economies ever make sense in the future.

As I said, I have no idea what the solution is; but there is a very real cost to be paid for the change in the way we buy things. I guess I am saying give the locals a shot at the sale before you pull the trigger over the net.



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This thread is exactly why retail in Australia is being decimated. Internet sales are huge and growing every day and it's not an even playing field. OS players are getting a GST free kick below $1000 (and above as per this thread).  Our retailers pay higher labour and operating costs and higher taxes than most OS operators and as a result can't compete with the prices.

Who cares ? All good and well until you realise that retail is the biggest employer In Australia. It gets worse as the effects flow beyond the retailers. Seen how many vacant shops there are in many traditional shopping strips? The tenant mix changes in the strips as the retail stores go broke. You end up with a strip of take away shops, cafes and real estate agencies etc. What happens when you need something urgently, or want some advice? All of a sudden you miss those bricks and mortar stores. I buy online like everyone else; but I always try and give the retail store a shot at the sale. If they are reasonably close I'll support the locals every time.

Not sure what the solution is to all this; but it's not going to go away and ultimately there is a price to pay for killing our retail sector.

I am an avid local business supporter for everything and am willing to pay up to probably 50% more to support a local business but these businesses aren't doing themselves any favours. Crappy opening hours, lazy staff, limited product range, stupidly expensive or the biggest thing I find is lack of stock. I will ring around but there gets a point where it is just quicker to get stuff online than do the ring around. I am not interested in going there to talk to people, I know what I want and just want to buy it.

As far as product advice, I find it far better from the Internet forums, youtube videos from people who own the thing as it is honest, rather than someone who is just either filling in time until knockoff, will tell you anything to close a sale or has only played with it in the store.

I buy a few books, I would diligently go into the city book stores and see if they had anything I was looking for. Nope, nothing. Ask them how long it would take to get in, standard response, a couple of weeks. We need to order it from the publisher and we bundle our orders etc. I gave up in the end and just buy everything from Amazon, here within the week. Last two times I was buying tyres for my car, rang a few places none had stock all had to order it in and would take as long as tirerack to get in and be double the price. I ended up getting the tyres locally though. Next time no way





Offline dkabab

In my current job and previous i noticed a lowering of stock holdings. the company is forever trying to fight the impossibility of keeping as little stock as possible, but have everything in stock....

to add to their incompetence, they generally order in inferior products that will never sell (and they don't) purely because they have a larger profit margin, at the expense of holding more stock of things that do sell. The irony is these "high profit products" are only that because their true retail is over inflated, and they eventually get sold at a loss because we cant move them....  :doh:



Offline 360c

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I am an avid local business supporter for everything and am willing to pay up to probably 50% more to support a local business but these businesses aren't doing themselves any favours. Crappy opening hours, lazy staff, limited product range, stupidly expensive or the biggest thing I find is lack of stock. I will ring around but there gets a point where it is just quicker to get stuff online than do the ring around. I am not interested in going there to talk to people, I know what I want and just want to buy it.

As far as product advice, I find it far better from the Internet forums, youtube videos from people who own the thing as it is honest, rather than someone who is just either filling in time until knockoff, will tell you anything to close a sale or has only played with it in the store.

I buy a few books, I would diligently go into the city book stores and see if they had anything I was looking for. Nope, nothing. Ask them how long it would take to get in, standard response, a couple of weeks. We need to order it from the publisher and we bundle our orders etc. I gave up in the end and just buy everything from Amazon, here within the week. Last two times I was buying tyres for my car, rang a few places none had stock all had to order it in and would take as long as tirerack to get in and be double the price. I ended up getting the tyres locally though. Next time no way

At least you are doing the right thing and giving them a shot at it first. If they are too hopeless at what they do, tough luck IMHO.

I don't read any novels; but I do buy tons of magazines and specialist books. I normally buy them online through Pitstop bookshop in Perth, even though they are more expensive than I can find them on the net. They have a great service, great stock levels and I have found them to be very helpful.

I sometimes buy specialist tyres locally; but as you indicated, stock levels are pathetic and the prices are way more than Tire Rack in the USA. I normally import them myself for my road cars; but race slicks I get locally (normally through Phil). Again support the locals that give the service and backup.




Offline 360c

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In my current job and previous i noticed a lowering of stock holdings. the company is forever trying to fight the impossibility of keeping as little stock as possible, but have everything in stock....

to add to their incompetence, they generally order in inferior products that will never sell (and they don't) purely because they have a larger profit margin, at the expense of holding more stock of things that do sell. The irony is these "high profit products" are only that because their true retail is over inflated, and they eventually get sold at a loss because we cant move them....  :doh:

Stock costs a lot of money to hold and the 80/20 rule normally applies i.e 80% of your sales/profit comes from 20% of your lines. The flip side is you have to have a decent range to get the punters in the door in the first place. Stock mix is a battle as you point out.



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