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Free delivery over $49 spend it seems.  Prices i noted were cheaper than JB however not cheaper than JB when they have 20% off.  So yeah, sales will still be cheaper.  I haven't compared to any other sites yet.  JB was just easy to compare against in my morning rush.


Thanks Piko, and JB have such a day tomorrow. The Amazon AU site may improve with time in relation to pricing - we’ll see.

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Most of what I want is about double the price I can get it for from their US and UK sites, even with the postage factored in. About what I expected. Aussies always get gouged.


I think they call it the “Aussie Tax” . . . All the big players seem to add it.

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Yes, the prices seem quite high compared to other Amazon sites -US, UK, DE, CA, FR, IT, JP
 
They won't even ship to NZ!


Not sure how they expect the AU site to be a success if it’s priced higher than the international sites - go figure.

There is of course the potential strategy of keeping prices high until they iron out kinks in their supply chain - last thing you want on week 1 is 10,000 orders that you can’t fill.

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7 minutes ago, barnz2005 said:

 


I think they call it the “Aussie Tax” . . . All the big players seem to add it.

It is cheaper in American because they pay their workers $4 per hour. I am happy to pay a bit more and know that the person who packed my goods was receiving a living wage and I hope they keep a very bright spotlight on any underpayment issues with this mob. I thinkthe benefits may be that we won't be buying in USD, which adds 20- 25% to the bill

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Found anything nice?


RY X - Dawn
RUFUS - Bloom
These are 2 that I would love to hear on vinyl.

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2 hours ago, Citroen said:

Yes, the prices seem quite high compared to other Amazon sites -US, UK, DE, CA, FR, IT, JP

 

They won't even ship to NZ!

Not sending to NZ seems a bit silly. 

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12 hours ago, rantan said:

It is cheaper in American because they pay their workers $4 per hour. I am happy to pay a bit more and know that the person who packed my goods was receiving a living wage and I hope they keep a very bright spotlight on any underpayment issues with this mob. I thinkthe benefits may be that we won't be buying in USD, which adds 20- 25% to the bill

I agree, so what's the point of Amazon being based here, to the local market and workforce if its going to flop so early on?

My guess is that this is all about reflecting on the tax, IR and competitive limitations in Australia on businesses of this size as compared to the US , and if their model is limited by different minimum wage and IR laws,  their presence here will put pressure on those very things - given that the organisation is the size of a small country with political leverage to boot.

There was comment somewhere about how , once local retailers are hooked in to Amazon's model they will be vulnerable to Amazons manipulation of pricing - which means this starting position probably looks more attractive to the local sellers  - except that once it becomes apparent that Amazon.au is not so competitive or turning over as much as its US counterpart locally - the **** will hit the fan.

 

Amazon are famously exploitative of their warehouse staff, but the reality is that they are looking to do away with as much human workforce as possible, already relying heavily on robotics and automated systems. They arent here to create jobs - so why are they here?

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I"am sure I read that somehow if you live in Australia you will be locked out of their international sites.Can anyone confirm this.I recall a debate about this some people saying its not legal to do this.

FWIW its worth I purchased several beatles mono records from amazon America and great prices compared to here.The mono beatles vinyl require a separate thread but sound quality is sensational.A friend reckons retailers refer to Australia as treasure island because they can charge what they like.

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I still have access to overseas Amazon sites.

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20 minutes ago, Elnido said:

Can anyone confirm this.

Not yet... but I feel it coming once they start to dig their heels in.

 

JSmith :ninja:

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Just now, JSmith said:

Not yet... but I feel it coming once they start to dig their heels in.

 

JSmith :ninja:

Not sure why Amazon would want to do this geo restriction? It still money for them no matter where you buy.

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There is to my mind a falsely held belief that Australia is the land of milk and honey, a retail paradise of bottomless wallets and infinite purses.

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2 hours ago, Elnido said:

A friend reckons retailers refer to Australia as treasure island because they can charge what they like.

Your friend is a moron who knows nothing about retail in this country, or any other from the sounds of it.

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1 hour ago, allthumbs said:

There is to my mind a falsely held belief that Australia is the land of milk and honey, a retail paradise of bottomless wallets and infinite purses.

Really?

 

Who believes that?

 

Certainly nobody I know or have read about

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Hi Barnz,

I see you live in Melbourne, forget Amazon, go to Dutch Vinyl in Abbotsford,

used records in very good condition from $5, just got Neil Young After the Gold Rush $35.

You can build a collection cheaply.

 

Cheers Lee

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Hi Barnz,
I see you live in Melbourne, forget Amazon, go to Dutch Vinyl in Abbotsford,
used records in very good condition from $5, just got Neil Young After the Gold Rush $35.
You can build a collection cheaply.
 
Cheers Lee


Thanks for the awesome tip on where to buy Lee - I’ll definitely check it out.

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