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Buying from international sellers on ebay just got more expensive.

JohnJohn Member, Dealer Posts: 1,134 ✭✭✭✭ Three-Sheeter
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Starting 1 July 2018, we will be collecting Goods and Services Tax (GST) from buyers on all imports with an order value less than 1,000 AUD. Sellers don't need to do anything.
If you have products located outside Australia, your prices may appear 10% higher to buyers than before if their ship-to location delivery address is in Australia.



John

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  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,213 admin
    Whilst it is not good for collectors (and similar) overall it is a good thing for local businesses who struggle against the volume of imports entering the country. The easiest way to make a level playing field is to apply it to all. 


    David
  • JohnJohn Member, Dealer Posts: 1,134 ✭✭✭✭ Three-Sheeter
    David said:
    Whilst it is not good for collectors (and similar) overall it is a good thing for local businesses who struggle against the volume of imports entering the country. The easiest way to make a level playing field is to apply it to all. 
    I agree. It seems to be only applying to ebay at the moment. I wonder if they will extend it to other international sellers.
    John

  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,213 admin
    John said:
    David said:
    Whilst it is not good for collectors (and similar) overall it is a good thing for local businesses who struggle against the volume of imports entering the country. The easiest way to make a level playing field is to apply it to all. 
    I agree. It seems to be only applying to ebay at the moment. I wonder if they will extend it to other international sellers.
    It will, it is called the Netflix tax, basically if you are based overseas as a business but provide services to Australia residents you will have to charge GST

    But wait there's more...not sure where they are with the Customs parcel tax to come (for want of a better word), that is, a flat value for all parcels under $1,000. 

    Given the rest of the world has extremely low import values before local duties need to be paid I don't think $5 on (say) an $800 order is much to worry most.
    David
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 6,269 admin
    So if I charge 5% and ship it as a gift, you guys can save 5%...  ;)
    That second mouse in the bowl of cream we call life...
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