There is absolutely NO reason why Gerry Harvey (co-founder of Harvey Norman and its CEO) can't get with the 21st century and compete online for Australian customers against the rest of the world. He has seen this coming for ages. With the Aussie dollar so high, he can now purchase stuff in bulk at say 20% less than what we pay for it, then add 15% for shipping+administration and a 5% mark up for profit putting the price equal to those already online and hey presto it's now cheaper for you to walk into a store and get it, or if you get it shipped domestically then the shipping is cheaper than from the US and the total cost is Still cheaper for the consumer.
Originally Posted by Ross Chambers
Gerry is very wrong to try and get GST applied to imports <$1000. Let the market forces work it out, not some kind of tariff to force us to purchase from him instead.. Tariffs are BAD.