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Jim


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:23 am    Post subject: What's Amazon like? Reply with quote

Amazon has finally announced that its coming to Australia properly -

http://www.smh.com.au/business/re...ast-delivery-20170419-gvo6lb.html

Just as eBay is saying that they may be banning Australians from buying on eBay because of a new Goods & Services Tax (GST) that our govt wants to introduce on ALL eBay purchases by Australians from o'seas. Currently we pay no tax on anything under a $1000 threshold (though I've spent triple that + and never been pinged for any import tax) -

http://www.smh.com.au/business/re...ers-over-gst-20170417-gvmkoe.html

Do you guys in the U.K and the U.S buy much from Amazon? Are you premium customers?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy books over Amazon.

It connects you to local merchants by lists of items and where you find them so you place your order over Amazon, pay and get it delivered.
That way I have bought books not available over the regular lines locally.

Of course the same goes for most everything and it gets cheaper as you can choose item by price.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bought a few things from Amazon.  You just got to watch postage charges and always check the prices against ebay.  I have noticed a lot of Ebay sellers are using Amazon prime accounts, the items come from Amazon direct and not the seller!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a regular user and for 7.90 a month (not even a packet of fags) use the prime service, free next day delivery,new releases etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy a lot through Amazon, not just books. But books especially when they're offered for 1penny +postage! It's extremely rare that I pay more than 5 for a book!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mostly buy books but they have personal wishlists where one can see what somebody else would like to have as present. At least I use that as a guide.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a frequent user but never had any problems. Not sure why E Bay should stop Australian users though as we here in the UK pay import duty on any [not sure of exact figure now but it's well under 100]
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: What's Amazon like Reply with quote

Hi Jim I only use Amazon for buying books and I have had no issues with Amazon.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sidevalve wrote:
Not a frequent user but never had any problems. Not sure why E Bay should stop Australian users though as we here in the UK pay import duty on any [not sure of exact figure now but it's well under 100]


Its the system the government wants to implement, forrce the collecting of the tax on the online merchant, not the post office or couriers like they do in the UK.
It will cause major problems, alienate the younger generation from the current government and wont make the government more money or help the 'brick and mortar' stores
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd rather pay the duty up front rather than pay Royal Mail an extra 8 to collect it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roly Williams wrote:
I'd rather pay the duty up front rather than pay Royal Mail an extra 8 to collect it.


Yes but it involves every online retailer in the world that ships to Australia setting up a tax account with Australia, collect the tax and then send it to Australia, clearly that is not going to happen.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazon  is the only on line dealer I will do business with.
If there's a problem they will get involved to resolve it.
I find a lot of products , etc. cheaper thru amazon than a store .
You will like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife and I use Amazon. Books of course but also other stuff like tools or appliances. If it is something I don't need right now it is often easier to just order it through Amazon than to deal with traffic and salespeople locally. Plus I like to read reviews before buying.

I used to be an Amazon Prime customer, it usually pays off in convenience and free shipping on some, not all, items.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tmuir wrote:
sidevalve wrote:
Not a frequent user but never had any problems. Not sure why E Bay should stop Australian users though as we here in the UK pay import duty on any [not sure of exact figure now but it's well under 100]


Its the system the government wants to implement, forrce the collecting of the tax on the online merchant, not the post office or couriers like they do in the UK.
It will cause major problems, alienate the younger generation from the current government and wont make the government more money or help the 'brick and mortar' stores

Ahh !! Excellent and logical government type thinking - how would we survive without it ?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies guys.
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