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1 hour ago, manchu said:

I've got some concerns about the impact of Amazon so I'll avoid if there's a similarly priced alternatives,  but in this case the saving was too much to ignore.    

 

Just go for the cheapest.

 

I think you will find that often is Australian - but not always.

 

As far as I am concerned the service you get in stores like Myers etc here is abysmal.   The service in bookstores is worse.  I went in to get a specific book and then noticed it was part of a series so said - can you get the rest of the series please.   No problem.  Got home and found it was from another series.   From that point on I only get books from Amazon.

 

They jumped up and down about the under $1000.00 you pay no GST on goods bought overseas so it eventually was done away with - even though collecting it costs more than the amount you collect - which is why it was that way in the first place.   So we are paying already in our taxes for preferential Australian treatment.

 

Thanks

Bill

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Often the one shop in country town supposed to stock the type of product required won't have any !

See random purchase sight unseen online. 

Should see all the women's gear being sold on the local Facebook "bought wrong size online ".

What? .... oh amazon.au?  Just another online shop. 

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Interesting tactic selling commercial tvs like the old pioneer kuro was at one time ..

https://www.amazon.com.au/LG-65UV340C-Commercial-3840X2160-300x300mm/dp/B077PLTB12/ref=pd_sbs_23_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=QDHVBRX24KFRZ4M16WYP

 

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LG 65UV340C 65" UHD 4K Commercial TV , 3840X2160 , USB Playback , Multi IR , 3x HDMI , 300x300mm VESA 3 Years warrantyUSB Auto PlaybackUSB Auto Playback allows you to create playlists from your favourite media files* then play on the TV.*mp4, avi, mov, tp, wma, tsWelcome Video/screenFirst impressions are important. Having a warm greeting message with the Hotel name and its logo on the TV or a customised video in various formats** will help the guest feel more welcome.**mp4, avi, mov, tp, wma, tsUSB CloningA USB flashdrive can be used for cloning all hotel TVs with astonishing speed and ease. The USB Cloning feature allows you to simply copy the TV settings to all TVs using a USB flashdrive, a process that is automated to save time.Multi IRMulti IR function reduces the remote control signal interference between TVs in multiple dwelling beds. This system will work using the same LG TV model.Hotel ModeFrom channel selection to energy saving features, you can control the TV settings in all the rooms with Hotel Menu. Prevent misuse by customers, set volume limits, or reset to default settings on the TV. You are in control of it all.

That volume limiter sounds handy :) Hotel name logo a plus for Air b/n/b premises :thumb: 

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9 hours ago, bhobba said:

Amazon has 100% for sure underestimated the market here - at least at the moment.   Will that change - only time will tell.   But if it doesn't don't like their chances of lasting here in Aus.

I think it is way too early to make a call on whether Amazon is a success or not. They launched now to take advantage of the December shopping spree. Amazon claimed that the AU launch was bigger in number of items than UK, Canada, but online shopping was smaller market then.

 

Let's see in 6 month's time whether it continues to underwhelm...

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7 hours ago, cwt said:

Interesting tactic selling commercial tvs like the old pioneer kuro was at one time ..

Probably because they are an outgoing product by the major manufactures, we tried to get a replacement panasonic commercial TV for our club and was told that Panasonic don't make them anymore so we had to buy the last 4 that were in stock for $4000 each. Benq are selling them for a quarter of the price.

Looks like Amazon is just a Greys online without the bidding.

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22 hours ago, Batty said:

Why is Aldi a joke?

They don't have anything like the products they have shown in other stores elsewhere!!

They're nothing more than a small supermarket!!

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I don't understand Amazons thinking on this release..

Here it is just before xmas when people are buying anything and everything for anyone and everyone..and they have a VERY limited range of a few things.!!.

Logically..wouldn't you think that they would make sure they had everything under the sun available for xmas shoppers and promote an enthusiastic response from the Australian public!!

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Looking around there it looks like what see in some super market from east Germany or soviet era ussr. Ie few and far between anything in there. Lot of empty shelf’s and what there is ridiculously priced eg 2 eggs at $2 each or something :D 

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So im assuming people are aware of the way the the Amazon pricing algorithm works. It hunts the best prices online from other retailers and then applies a discount. Its going to take awhile for it to comb through the Australian online space and set prices accordingly. 

 

At the moment its a few opportunistic ebay retailers setting up the Amazon shop. Once the brands on sale have been threatened by the existing channels, expect the prices or products to disappear from the listings. Those small ebay/Amazon sellers have gone under the radar so far, but now that the retail giants are hunting through Amazon and chasing their suppliers, those little online shops will be starved of product or priced out.

 

"Forget it Amazon, its Woolies town"

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I think that since the launch on Tuesday, Amazon have increased the number of categories and items. I suspect that once they have enough products and fulfilment centres, they will start providing prices that we are all expecting/hoping? 

 

While we quibble about what they are offering on DAY 4 (!), Amazon can afford many more months to fine tune their offerings. 

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If Amazon become as successful here as elsewhere (likely) it will surely mean even more money going offshore... I love a discount, but unless it is substantial (like an $25 movie for $8) I think I will be trying to keep money in the country.

 

I'm a bit of two minds about this now... and agree that it's very early days here.

 

JSmith :ninja:

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My order from 9am yesterday arrived 2pm today.   Aus Post parcel.

 

I am only 35km from the warehouse,   but then again the records I ordered from JB on tuesday also arrived today and I'm only 15km from where they shipped from.          

 

 

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My 2 records ordered Wednesday from the JB Hifi sale arrived this morning via Toll Priority.

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14 hours ago, powerav said:

Probably because they are an outgoing product by the major manufactures, we tried to get a replacement panasonic commercial TV for our club and was told that Panasonic don't make them anymore so we had to buy the last 4 that were in stock for $4000 each. Benq are selling them for a quarter of the price.

Looks like Amazon is just a Greys online without the bidding.

Yes makes sense ; stock that's surplus they can access and isn't tied up as contracted to the likes of JB Etc ; Kogan 'LG and Samsung isn't a wide diversity and theres a lot of brand names in other departments Ive never heard off :huh:

 

If Amazon opens the cheque book to the major providores things may change ;)  Also noticed theres no grocery department yet ; very early days for supply contracts .. They need more warehouses :)

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I noticed that some prices on the site are starting to drop. In books there are a couple of titles - the latest Dan Brown and Lee Child ones are about $10.00 each cheaper than Dymocks. However you do have to factor in the high postage rate of $10.00 per parcel on top of that.

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Not sure why Amazon would want to do this geo restriction?

To make more money... AUS tax?

 

Even if Amazon start at a loss here, they will stick it out until they wring every last drop from the economy.

 

I love a good bargain... I just hope they don't "take over" here.

 

JSmith :ninja:

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Just go for the cheapest.
 
I think you will find that often is Australian - but not always.
 
As far as I am concerned the service you get in stores like Myers etc here is abysmal.   The service in bookstores is worse.  I went in to get a specific book and then noticed it was part of a series so said - can you get the rest of the series please.   No problem.  Got home and found it was from another series.   From that point on I only get books from Amazon.
 
They jumped up and down about the under $1000.00 you pay no GST on goods bought overseas so it eventually was done away with - even though collecting it costs more than the amount you collect - which is why it was that way in the first place.   So we are paying already in our taxes for preferential Australian treatment.
 
Thanks
Bill
When was the exemption on no GST under 1K abolished? AFAIK no such thing has occured.

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I hope that Amazon Australia gets it act together because thus far it has been a fizzer.

I was looking at a watch and on the local Amazon it was $139 AUD. Amazon in the US was $36 USD.(about 47 AUD)

https://www.amazon.com.au/Casio-G-Shock-Classic-Digital-Dw5600-1/dp/B000GAYQKY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1513421587&sr=8-5&keywords=casio+g+shock

https://www.amazon.com/G-shock-DW5600E-1V-Black-Resin-Sport/dp/B000GAYQKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513421646&sr=8-1&keywords=dw5600

 

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2 hours ago, Saxon Hall said:

As I said there is currently no GST applicable on imported items under $1000. As your link says it will commence in July 2018(subject to legislation)

 

Lets get the wording exact so their is no confusion:

GST on low-value imported goods. This low value import tax (LVIT) is GST on imported worth less than $1,000. As of 1 July 2017 this applies to products sold by Australian retailers. For overseas retailers, the start date has been pushed back to 1 July 2018, subject to legislation.

 

Thanks

Bill

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