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    it does pay to shop around at the moment though.  I have been using Zaino Bros car polish for about 6 years.  I had always bought it from the australian distriutor.  It was AUD220 for the basic kit and had been that way since 2008 GFC.  It still is that price.

    In recognition of the AUD they were offering free freight.  (they now have a xmas sale of 10% off too.)

    However last month when I was going to buy some more I thought I would check the price in the US  USD84  

    The US guys wont ship to Australia and make you go through their Aust Distributor.  However, there are ways around that, www.ship2me.com gets you a US postal address and they will consolidate you packages and ship them on to you.

    So even with the extra freight I still save $100.  Yes there are costs involved in getting the stuff here, but unless it is being airfrieghted in lead lined boxes I thinking they might be doing quite well out of the FX movements.

    having said that the polish is great stuff, and was worth the inflated $220 anyway.

    for US79 I got 2 x 1L bottles of the rejuvinator and clener, as opposed to AUD90 for each 500ml bottle, plus I got a brush, some applicator pads and microfibres included.  So another $100 saving.

    here I was refering to a different product Leatherique. it is a leather rejvinator treatment. I had tried heaps of different leather conditioners and never been satisfied with any. So anyone looking for a treatment for your car, this is the one to buy. I was amazed at what it did to some 5 year old leather in a convertible. I have no affiliation with this product or Zaino though. I am just really happy with the results it gave me, and they are not products that most people have heard about. I had just happened to stumble upon them on a forum somewhere. it is a shame they are not stocked anywhere though. 303 protectorant is also good too. That used to be sold by an auto franchise but no more.


    Again, this stuff is amazing, and is worth the inflated Australian price for what it does.

    So I guess in these times it does pay to shop around.

    Clint





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    Will have to remember that ship2me address. Cheers!!!! No threat to sponsors here either as the voltage difference is still a barrier.

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      Australia can no longer hide behind its weaker currency as an excuse for the way its citizens pay too much for literally EVERYTHING! I, like almost everyone else with a computer, has started to looking at price comparisons between us and the US, and I must say many are real ticked off.

      Since the dollar parity I had landed a pair of Levi jeans for $41AU from the USA - made in Columbia!

      Houses, cars, clothing, electrical goods, furniture, CDs, computer and games software - almost everything is far more expensive here, and with higher interest rates to boot!

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        Originally posted by 52707C7C7E7C7671701F0 link=1291782249/2#2 date=1291793012
        Australia can no longer hide behind its weaker currency as an excuse for the way its citizens pay too much for literally EVERYTHING!  I, like almost everyone else with a computer, has started to looking at price comparisons between us and the US, and I must say many are real ticked off.

        Since the dollar parity I had landed a pair of Levi jeans for $41AU from the USA - made in Columbia!

        Houses, cars, clothing, electrical goods, furniture, CDs, computer and games software - almost everything is far more expensive here, and with higher interest rates to boot!
        Yes Mocca,

        We need to change things here. Tell your boss hes not to pay you more than $8/hr and tell the government youll pass on subsidised health and social security as well....

        Too many people look to other economies with blinkers on.

        Its a matter of time until GST and import duty are applied to all imports and Id be happy to start tomorrow.

        While we all support overseas business, Australian businesses go under and CSers will lose jobs, but no problem because nobody gives a zac about anyone other than themselves.

        We really are becoming very stupid and hugely greedy and that makes us extremely unattractive. So much for the clever country....

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        • #5
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          For some things I want, I have to shop from the US.
          However, there are many advantages to shopping locally and I completely agree with 2mcm here.
          We get warranties that work, a much better standard of living for fellow Aussies and keep our economy going that in turn helps out numero uno.

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            Thats a very good point 2mcm.  Maybe we should make it a lot harder for individuals to claim disability pensions and the like.  Maybe the Dole should only be available for 6 months only, and not for free for 3 generations of families. While we are at it, seeing that we have opened up the global trade under the WTO rules then why dont we ensure that those who work in sweat shops, with poor conditions, with child slave labour, no sick pay, no compensation, no pension scheme, long hours and rates at around 2 dollars a day, to have ensured that these hard working souls were given at least some of the benefits that we demand.  But no, we pay them a pittance, and then get away with the foreign foundries decimating the other environment because the same green laws do not apply to their land.  Had we ensured that more money was paid for Chinese goods then us westerners would not have had the same luxury as we had and without the obscene profits being made by local retailers.

            Too much profit is being made at the expense of the poor in developing countries and at the expense of factory workers in western countries.  Everything is out of kilter in this country - starting with the very high leasing costs for retailers, manufacturers, etc.  If a lot of the retailers shut up shop here then it will be initially bad, but will be good in the long run, because leasing costs will fall according to market prices.  As it is now prices are far too high and the market is will not buy it, so adjustments will need to be met.  If anyone here is in retail I sympathise with you, but globalisation has taken many scalps here such as my sister who was a designer in the rag trade - gone - shes moved on.  Others will have to adjust - just like her!

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              No worries,

              Presumably you buy all of your stuff from Switzerland? :-?

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                Like many 2mcm, I revelled in buying Chinese goods in the early part of last decade - DVD players for $29.50, cordless drills $19.99, denim jeans $14.99, jocks 5 for $6.99 - funny though, when at the counters buying these items I kept thinking that the prices were too good to be true.  Because a DVD player made under western world union conditions cannot retail for below $300, yet many of us were buying one for almost every room for under 30 dollars each!

                Ive since woken up to the trap and, like many, will try and buy Australian where possible (not easy with clothing etc).  But I believe this artificial cheapness will/has come at a cost - and that cost will be a declining living standard for the new generations in the western world.  Dont believe me, then who are our young generation competing with when buying their house blocks?  Try the Chinese!   For the first time in Australian history it costs more to buy a block of land than to build a house.  Like I said, it was too good to be true and we will witness a serious decline in living standards for future generations.

                As they say, theres no such thing as a free lunch.

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                  I am into my paintball and was looking to buy a new marker. I found an Australian company and thought hey I might support local and buy it from there. I go on their website and realised that on their site even though it is built and made in Australia, 1.2k USD or 1.4k AUD plus GST, this price was like even when the AUD was worth more then the USD.
                  I couldnt work out how that worked.

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                    Originally posted by 3366756E000 link=1291782249/8#8 date=1291796200
                    I am into my paintball and was looking to buy a new marker. I found an Australian company and thought hey I might support local and buy it from there. I go on their website and realised that on their site even though it is built and made in Australia, 1.2k USD or 1.4k AUD plus GST, this price was like even when the AUD was worth more then the USD.
                    I couldnt work out how that worked.  
                    Because they dont update their prices or website daily. Paintballing is an interesting one though. $10-$15 locally for 100 balls when buying from a paintball venue. I remember seeing them on US websites, boxes of 2000 around the $20-30 US mark.

                    A lot of the benefits we have seen recently are from a shift in our exchange rate.  For a lot of items prices will equalise.  It is the wholesalers I believe profit the most from these shifts in australia.  It isnt the retailers that are ripping us off.  I could understand the wholesellers wanting to hold onto the windfall as it also goes the other way where they paid more for something than what it is worth.  The only problem there is they are always a lot more eager to pass prices on to us than to share reductions with us.

                    Globalisation......old topic but no where closer to coming to agreements with it.  I studied a bit of economics and in theory it is a great idea.  If it was the well oiled machine it is in theory we would all get more for less work.

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                      When buying from a Paintball venue, it is a lot like buying a cup of coffee, they make the money from selling at the venue. (A cup of coffee being like 3.3 and a kilo of coffee being like 40)
                      Straight from the Paintball manufacturer you looking at about 50-80 bucks for 2000 for competition grade paintballs, and in thus many companies do not let you bring it with them.

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                        hopshopgo is also another onforwarder and they will buy for you as well if the place you want to buy from wont accept anything but american credit cards.

                        As others have said sometimes there are reasons to buy from OS. I wanted a new handbag and Australia just dont bring in what I wanted so it was a given that I was going to buy from Canada instead. Things like the Kindle, its only available from Amazon so therefore its the only choice.

                        I always like to support our shops first but if there is a huge difference in price I cant justify that, we all have to live and the cost of living is going up and our wages arent.

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                          Well I didnt mean to start a polictical discussion.  I actually posted in what was another resurected thread about price rises in coffee machines from 08 following the GFC, and an observation someone made about the prices not necessarily coming down following the correction of the AUD  but it was moved here.

                          But both of the products I listed are niche products made in the US.  As far as I am aware, neither of them are actually stocked in any retail outlet.  They all need to be purchased online, from the Australian distributors.  So the only value add they are providing is about 1 or 2 days shipping speed and an AUD charge to my CC.  

                          But while we are on the political/economic subject....

                          It really is the benefit or in some peoples mind cost of globalisation and to some extent the free market at work.  Markets and the whole shopping experience has changed over the decades as new technologies and methods have developed and with it comes greater choice and to some extent price reductions.  It is a fact of life everything needs to change and evolve and I dont think we can live in denial of this.  A good example of denial, would be the subsidies the US government pays to inefficent farmers and at the risk of pissing QLDers off, the subsidies we are in indirectly paying to sugar cane farmers with the inclusion of ethanol in our fuel.  

                          For every one unit of energy used to produce sugarcane ethanol, eight units are created. This of course depends on what study you are reading and perhaps cynically who funded the study.





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                            Heres an interesting read from this mornings Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/labor-plots-free-trade-revolution/story-fn59niix-1225968580715 that is bound to get Gerry Harveys and other retailers knickers in a twist.
                            Instead of imposing import tariffs Emerson is maintaining the line of ultimate elimination of trade barriers.
                            If Australian business people expect to be able to have unrestricted access to overseas markets we have to offer them the opportunity to sell to us on an equal footing.
                            There is no question, competition is good for the consumer.

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                              Originally posted by 665A534B5E3F0 link=1291782249/13#13 date=1291931558
                              bound to get Gerry Harveys and other retailers knickers in a twist.
                              I think GH is a greedy so and so.
                              He talks about all this with a patriotic tone but really its all about more sales for his business.

                              Im sure the other day I saw that hes planning to start an online sales business now (if you cant beat em join em) and IIRC he and other large players are going to build large overseas centres from which to manufacture and ship direct to online consumers.

                              In other words they will be spending lots of dollars in an overseas economy so they can tap the online market.

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