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They price it in U.S. Dollars and it gets auto converted to AUS Dollars for Aus Ebay, given the Aus V US exchange rate, it's why these listings seem so expensive.

A lot of the Chinese based Ebay sellers are doing the same thing, they used to price in Aus Dollars, but now they price is US Dollars, the bargains aren't there anymore, I've found this out when buying bicycle parts

 

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8 hours ago, Tweaky said:

They price it in U.S. Dollars and it gets auto converted to AUS Dollars for Aus Ebay, given the Aus V US exchange rate, it's why these listings seem so expensive.

A lot of the Chinese based Ebay sellers are doing the same thing, they used to price in Aus Dollars, but now they price is US Dollars, the bargains aren't there anymore, I've found this out when buying bicycle parts

 

And there is often a hidden extra in a lot of international listings. Gst and import duty gets applied to all imported items in ebay. It's often not listed in the sale so when you go checkout you suddenly get hit with about 13 percent extra. I lodged a complaint with the accc to get them to make ebay display the extra charge on all sales and auctions. I didn't get a response but I expect they'll get similar complaints from other ebay users. 

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True. I did however just check out how much a pair of emotiva t1 would cost with shipping from the US and still close to 20% cheaper than best price I found locally. This is more a global marketplace thing since the supplier dropped their price but obviously if the vendors have already paid a higher rate it's difficult to pass on additional discounts.
I do wonder if comerial sellers of hifi work the same as say car dealers, who actually purchase stock outright and need to move it quickly or if they can sit on it for 6-12 months without distress.
I assume the import duty on ebay is just the standard rates imposed by the government - over $1000

And there is often a hidden extra in a lot of international listings. Gst and import duty gets applied to all imported items in ebay. It's often not listed in the sale so when you go checkout you suddenly get hit with about 13 percent extra. I lodged a complaint with the accc to get them to make ebay display the extra charge on all sales and auctions. I didn't get a response but I expect they'll get similar complaints from other ebay users. 

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5 minutes ago, Snapper() said:

True. I did however just check out how much a pair of emotiva t1 would cost with shipping from the US and still close to 20% cheaper than best price I found locally. This is more a global marketplace thing since the supplier dropped their price but obviously if the vendors have already paid a higher rate it's difficult to pass on additional discounts.
I do wonder if comerial sellers of hifi work the same as say car dealers, who actually purchase stock outright and need to move it quickly or if they can sit on it for 6-12 months without distress.
I assume the import duty on ebay is just the standard rates imposed by the government - over $1000

All imports are now charged with GST and Ebay. The "over $1000" rule was changed about a year ago from memory. SO Ebay, and other large online sites are now passing on those charges to all imported items. I guess the 20% is worth it if you want the assurance of having warranty on the item assuming the item doesn't have an international warranty of course.

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3 hours ago, scumbag said:

And there is often a hidden extra in a lot of international listings. Gst and import duty gets applied to all imported items in ebay. It's often not listed in the sale so when you go checkout you suddenly get hit with about 13 percent extra. 

Yep Amazon pull that one as well-- click on for a Shock it should read!

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3 hours ago, scumbag said:

And there is often a hidden extra in a lot of international listings. Gst and import duty gets applied to all imported items in ebay. It's often not listed in the sale so when you go checkout you suddenly get hit with about 13 percent extra. I lodged a complaint with the accc to get them to make ebay display the extra charge on all sales and auctions. I didn't get a response but I expect they'll get similar complaints from other ebay users. 

That's how business is done in the US. The hidden State taxes are known by the buyer and then added to the listed price at checkout.

Same with tipping, as the US does not force employers to pay people a living wage. Not much we can do about either.

Does NOT mean that we should have to get used to it though; nor accept it as the new paradigm.

 

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2 minutes ago, Uncle Seth said:

That's how business is done in the US. The hidden State taxes are known by the buyer and then added to the listed price at checkout.

Same with tipping, as the US does not force employers to pay people a living wage. Not much we can do about either.

Does NOT mean that we should have to get used to it though; nor accept it as the new paradigm.

 

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Regardless of what's happening in the US, the ACCC  looks very poorly on businesses that don't reveal the true cost of an item. They cracked down on businesses not displaying a GST inclusive price when GST was introduced. They've more recently cracked down on airlines advertising prices for flights that then get loaded up with hidden costs.

I personally think it would be easy for Ebay to rewrite the code on their site to always display the "GST and duties" on any item that is being displayed to a person who's IP address is in Australia.

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Agreed, the US does not have to dictate everything to us.

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