Retailers want swift action on online...

Retailers want swift action on online GST

There are 4 comments on the Yahoo! story from Sep 7, 2012, titled Retailers want swift action on online GST. In it, Yahoo! reports that:

Retailers hope the federal government doesn't spend too much time contemplating calls to impose GST on items bought online from overseas, after NSW Treasurer Mike Baird called for a sharp reduction in the $1000 tax threshold.

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Since: Jun 12


#1 Sep 7, 2012
Having traveled overseas quite a lot, and found we are grossly overcharged for almost everythng, I have little sympathy for those wanting GST added to everything.

If the price difference were only 10% then people would probably use retail outlets. It is often closer to 75%, so adding 10% would have little effect,

Since: Dec 10

Dianella, Australia

#2 Sep 7, 2012
Online shopping has been a shake up for Australian retailers. I consistantly get the same product that I can get here, online posted and generally cheaper from another country than I do in my own.
The exhorborant and uncompetiveness of government taxes on items coming in from overseas are what is killing the Australian retail industry because it is what is making it impossible for them to compete in an open market.

Red Hill, Australia

#3 Sep 7, 2012
Its a viscious circle. For many years, retailers held manufacturers to randsome.The bigger the retailer , the worse they were. The biggest chain stores are the biggest offenders. Harvey Norman stores are stocked with 90% chinese floor stock. They import it by the shipload for peanuts, then make massive margins selling it to the public. Ever wondered why Bunnings will give you a brand new cordless drill with 12 months warrenty for $50 ?.........because they get a container load for $5 bucks a piece......Australian manufacturers that supply retail stores are screwed down as low as possible , then the shop adds between 100% and 200% mark-up , and the manufacturer does not get paid, until it's sold out of the shop.......the best idea for ALL Australian consumers , is to bypass the shop and go straight to the will get quality products at far less costs than a retailer and the service ,being direct from the manufacturer will be first class......."Shopping Mall" owners and developers have also had their hands in everyones pocket, helping themselves to your wallet for far too long also.....they are reaping what they have sewn.......
Chinese tsar

North Lakes, Australia

#4 Sep 8, 2012
????damn the aussie retailers clarion calls for help sound like communist stalinists from another era.

maybe the aussie retailer should call for the government to remove all internet in australia to eliminate online retails. am i going to get parts thats only made in japan and the usa from specialty shops not found and cant be made in australia??!!

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