Except you are wrong. He can not buy these and get a massive discount, because he buys from official Australian distributors, from who he already buys the same volume of products as he would otherwise be buying.
Originally Posted by PeterB
And unfortunately, Distributors are VERY SLOW to lower their prices, as they must have an amount of "buffer" in order to protect against any sort of currency fluctuations
It's very easy to blame retailers, but what most people don't realise is that most retailers don't have a margin any (or at least much) bigger than any international retailer. The biggest problem is the cost prices from suppliers. Annoyingly, often the cost prices from SUPPLIERS is more than the price you can buy some items online (particularly rarer items like film products).
But this is slowly changing - e.g. the Fujifilm X100 is $1199 in the US, and $1,199 at Ted's here in Australia. And that is solely because Fuji has set a more reasonable cost price for retailers...