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Amazon AU price watch thread...

Discussion in 'Coupons, Discounts & Sales' started by Jimmy Agates, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. ispace

    ispace Forum Resident

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    Sydney Australia
    What on earth are Amazon’s programmers smoking?
     
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  2. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

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    Sydney, Australia
    They are smoking algorithms that get us to spend as much as they can get us to spend whilst maximising their profits! o_O

    I am sure that these algorithms have a lot in common with the ones used in Pokies!!
     
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  3. Glam77

    Glam77 Well-Known Member

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    Adelaide
    True, but one boxset i was watching dropped to about $40-50 plus shipping. A week later it was $100 free shipping . All on amazonUK.
     
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  4. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

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    Sydney, Australia
    Yes you run the risk that the price will go up!
     
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  5. westcj

    westcj Forum Resident

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    Western Victoria
    I have to admit that Amazon Prime has spoilt me, I get a bit agitated now if I have to pay $4 for postage on eBay items!
     
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  6. Glam77

    Glam77 Well-Known Member

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    Adelaide
    Don’t forget the 10% gst added AND $17 eBay import fee (what ever the hell that is)
     
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  7. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Is that the 'Gerry Harvey' tax?
     
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  8. Glam77

    Glam77 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Adelaide
    He wanted gst added, but the other import fee on top of that?
     
  9. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    He's got gold plated taps in his bathroom so he got what he wanted.
     
  10. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Senior Member Thread Starter

    Gerry Harvey - selling overpriced imported goods for years and as soon as the polulace finds a way to get them direct for cheaper he cries foul. The sort of guy you really must respect.....NOT!

    I have never and will never buy from him again. (not that it'll make any difference!!)
     
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  11. Frightwig

    Frightwig Forum Resident

    Yep - it was his lobbying that cut the world’s amazons off from us all. I’ll never darken their door.
     
  12. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

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    Sydney, Australia
    I’ve noticed some absurd import charges on eBay! Truly criminal!
     
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  13. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

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    Sydney, Australia
    Now let’s be honest here! Amazon used it as an excuse to push us to Amazon au! God know why they had to make it so complicated but they did and it had little to do with the gst!
     
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  14. E.Baba

    E.Baba Forum Resident

    I've seen those 'fees' and have no idea what they're for. Seems to be a random money grab. Sure turns me off buying the item with a random extra amount added.

    I've seen them on listings from the U.S.. Are they elsewhere?
    Anyone know what the excuse is ?
     
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  15. Frightwig

    Frightwig Forum Resident

    It coincided with the implementation date of the legislation, and would not have happened if that trigger didn’t exist. There was some definite cynical work at play by Amazon being unwilling to collect tax for the government and the subsequent unblocking of US Amazon shows they could have worked it out. But we still cannot preorder UK titles at sometimes very good prices and so we still have a second rate franchise and for that, I blame Norman, Sol Lew and the flunkies in govt beholden to their donations....now, back to the bargains!
     
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  16. westcj

    westcj Forum Resident

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    Western Victoria
  17. ispace

    ispace Forum Resident

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    Sydney Australia
    There’s a CD in stock on Amazon.com, but shows as “Currently Unavailable” when viewed on Amazon.com.au. Has anyone had luck getting something made available on AU?
     
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  18. westcj

    westcj Forum Resident

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    Western Victoria
    It varies, I have a CD box set on order since Jan 2 2021, I know it's available because I have seen it for sale on other websites and it was only released in October 2020. I'm assuming Aust Amazon is just being slack
     
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  19. ispace

    ispace Forum Resident

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    Sydney Australia
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    Thanks. This is an older CD from 2011, and only available from the label or Amazon US.
     
  20. Frightwig

    Frightwig Forum Resident

    You can’t just order it off the US site?
     
  21. westcj

    westcj Forum Resident

    Location:
    Western Victoria
    An interesting article in The Age last week about a new record pressing plant in Melbourne and record sales over taking CD sales last year.

    Supports my theory that Amazon Australia are wanting to get rid of old CD stock sitting in their warehouses as there is very low demand for it, and have programmed their algorithms to heavily discount old CD stock. Is makes good business sense: price discount and get rid of slow moving stock taking up space.

    But it would make even better business sense to have a genuine Sale, rather than prices jumping up and down like yo-yos - deprogram the algorithms for a week and clear their inventory of CDs.
     
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  22. Jimmy Agates

    Jimmy Agates Senior Member Thread Starter

    Did vinyl actually outsell CD's (only units can be taken seriously) or is the old story of dollar value of vinyl which is a whole other story when the average vinyl album is 2-3x as much as the cd equivalant??
     
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  23. westcj

    westcj Forum Resident

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    Western Victoria
    Good point, in the USA in 2019 record sales were $230 million, compared to $130 million for CDs , but the statistics don't mention actual units sold
     
  24. ispace

    ispace Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    Yes I can but it’s an extra US$14.98 to post one CD via Amazon US, versus free Prime via AU. What’s with that, Amazon US charging retail USPS cost. It used to be US$6.98. They must be making a fortune on shipping.
     
  25. Frightwig

    Frightwig Forum Resident

    Sometimes when you look up an item on the US store it gives an option (bottom left hand side) to buy the item from the AU store. I’ve found this leads to a link that isn’t available via the usual Amazon AU search.
     

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