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Forum topic by crowie posted 07-22-2018 10:35 PM 2166 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2018 10:35 PM

Australian new GST [Goods & Services Tax] rules on low value overseas purchases and Amazon.

Back on July 1st the Australian government removed the GST exemption on low value overseas purchases, that is good purchased overseas under A$1000…

No sweat, taxes have to be paid whether one likes it or not, so the GST of 10% now applies.

E-bay made changes to apply the tax straight off there website adding it to the payment.

Amazon on the other hand have blocked Australians purchasing from there website setting up a new Australian website and therein lies the issue.

This absolute “BS” if eBay can get itself sorted to charge GST, even from China why can’t Amazon.

Both companies/organizations surely have the same “IT” infrastructure and resources to make it happen.

I’m an Amazon Prime account customer with Amazon credit and the rotters won’t ship a secondhand toymaking book from the USA to Australia; the book is only US$5.

On the Amazon Australia website they want A$155 for a new book.

Also tried to buy a new tool for US$174 and same deal but not available in Australia.

So much for the world free market economy.

I wish there was some way to purchase these item direct from the sellers and have them ship the goods direct to me with UPS who are very reasonably priced with good service times.

Apologies ladies and gents for the rant but this is absolute garbage!!

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-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie


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#1 posted 07-22-2018 10:36 PM

Oh forgot to mention, That I have given Amazon a “no helpful feedback” report on there website…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 07-22-2018 10:47 PM


I wish there was some way to purchase these item direct from the sellers and have them ship the goods direct to me with UPS who are very reasonably priced with good service times.

What’s the situation like in North America with deliveries…
My experience with the USPS is they are very expensive while similar size parcels sent with UPS are 1/4 to 1/3 the cost and heaps quicker…

Thank you for the advice and insights…. Peter

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 07-22-2018 10:48 PM

Is it possible to work around this problem this way? Buy and send to a US address, they have it shipped UPS to you? Or buy a couple items and have them shipped in one box? I used this method in Iraq. many places would not ship to a APO so I had them shipped to a company in New York, once the box was full they sent it to my APO. Been 8 years since I used them last so I don’t remember how much it cost me. But wasn’t too bad as I sold the stuff to people and made a nice chunk of change for my vacations.

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#4 posted 07-22-2018 11:00 PM

As WBBN’s experince shows there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Beat ‘em at their tax game, Crowie.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-22-2018 11:04 PM



Is it possible to work around this problem this way? Buy and send to a US address, they have it shipped UPS to you? Or buy a couple items and have them shipped in one box? I used this method in Iraq. many places would not ship to a APO so I had them shipped to a company in New York, once the box was full they sent it to my APO. Been 8 years since I used them last so I don t remember how much it cost me. But wasn t too bad as I sold the stuff to people and made a nice chunk of change for my vacations.

- woodbutcherbynight

Still got to have a USA address to ship to, then pay them to resend the goods on UPS to me downunder!!??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 07-22-2018 11:44 PM


Still got to have a USA address to ship to, then pay them to resend the goods on UPS to me downunder!!??
- crowie

Like you crowie... I’m spitting spuds (haven’t the patience to peel slice and cook [except for the steam comming out of my ears] to call them chips).
In the past I have tried to patronise our local retailers, however, over the last few years have been getting pissed off at some of their exorbitant markups (the worst experience was over 300%). Also at the end of the day, manufacturing costs DO NOT get redistributed here in Australia.
When comparative prices are reasonable I would still try to support the local guy…

I concede to our bludging government ripping me off by that additional 10% (while giving rich companies tax breaks), however, far too many items are NOT available in Australia… one can only use just so much local dairy and uranium in a workshop.

Like w’b’b’n’ (GH, like your wbbn abreviation) said, set up a US address. I have been operating one for over 5 years.

I have no idea behind the science covering US postal “Service”, however, a lot of companies will ship free of charge withing US which may save a few shekels with double shipping.

I use ComGateway… Not spruiking them, have no idea how they compare with other 1/2 way houses (one has to read to compare) or what delivery service they use, however, when you want something bad enough not available locally, you have to turn a blind eye to shipping costs.

If anyone has done the sums and have an economical service… I’m prepared to jump boat.

PS. ComGateway have confirmed they will handle the 10%. Another advantage with these US addresses is that they will buy on your behalf from companies that wont accept a NON-US credit card… at a cost of course.

PPS. To think, only some Americans object to The Donald, all Australians object to that hypocritical, BSing Turnbull.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 07-22-2018 11:54 PM

Shows that WORLDWIDE—- POLITICIANS are a bunch of self-serving, greedy crooks!

Regardless of the country, county, region, religion or any other “differences” ALL CROOKS!

O.K. maybe not all; just99.9999 %!

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#8 posted 07-23-2018 01:14 AM



O.K. maybe not all; just99.9999 %!
- ralbuck

Unfortunately r’b’, that .0001% just died… Will be replaced by a .0001% crook.

We cannot boycott them… we can only vote them out… just to have ‘em replaced by the other crooked 50%.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 07-23-2018 01:28 AM

I looked up using Parcel Monkey website. To ship a $5 USD book is $51 USD DHL was cheapest.

WOW, here is link for Parcel Monkey

https://www.parcelmonkey.com/destinations/oceania/australia

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 07-23-2018 02:26 AM


I looked up using Parcel Monkey website. To ship a $5 USD book is $51 USD DHL was cheapest.
- woodbutcherbynight

Thx w’b’b’n’. crowie, at a quick glance the ’Monkey appears to be just a shipping service. The one I use acts as a collection point, re-package if it will save cost (if you believe them), will store and accumulate free of charge for 28 days (so you can bulk up delivery). You just use your allocated address (bin) at the order point and they will handle all and keep you in the loop… I’m lazy. As I said, this is only one of many.
If you wan’t to discuss this aspect further, PM me as we are talking “workaround” and deviating from the primary topic of government bashing they dully deserve.

Hey with this changing of emphasis, we also might make good politicians… all we need to do extra is work on our corruption level… I’m not cheap, but I’m easy!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 07-23-2018 07:56 AM

Amazon is doing this all over the world, and this is not only for tax reson.

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#12 posted 07-23-2018 08:01 AM

Crowie what is the name of the writter and book?

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#13 posted 07-23-2018 08:08 AM

This is the book I was trying to buy Jan… Peter

Making Toys: Heirloom Toys to Make in Wood (Paperback) by Sam Martin (Author), Roger Schroeder (Contributor)

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 07-23-2018 10:10 AM

As already stater Peter your gov is not the only one. Even when you win a prize they charge. With the saws that I won our gov charged me £21 for the pleasure of getting it into the country

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#15 posted 07-23-2018 11:32 AM

Hey crowie, how the hell do we get Malcolm and his cronies read this blog?

We should have a government that supports the KGB... I believe they vet all literature and dob to the rulling party!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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