Because Aussie importers have to pay high import duties and taxes and we have a smaller population here. Larger populations allow for lower costs in doing business. In the U.S. they have a range of services to support small retailers that just dont exist here - dropshipping, for example. Theres a small amount of it here, but nowhere near the volume as in the U.S. and it really helps to reduce the cost of shipping for small business.
There are other factors, but thats the basics. Im not a retailer, BTW.
The question is - do you want to support your local specialist so that they can stay in business or do you want to ensure you can only get things overseas?
That was a thought that occurred to me during my Christmas shopping, if youll allow for a small diversion....
It used to be the case that Myer was something of a prestige store - you went there to purchase high-quality name-brand stuff. Because they were convenient, stocked a lot of products and were located in supermarkets, we stopped going to smaller specialty stores and just went to Myer instead.
Now Myer dont stock as much specialty stuff. In fact, when I went there looking for some kitchenware, the place was overrun by Vue (which appears to be some sort of Myer home brand), Maxwell Williams and Bodum. Hardly speciality.
Theyve performed a bait and switch on us - and its our fault.
And now we cant have nice things, because the places that sold them before Myer are all out of business.
Next year, I wont be shopping at Myer - I hope I have the choice.