Sunday, January 9, 2011

The On-line Shopping Debate!

I sure save money by shopping online and would not be able to purchase what I do otherwise and this is apart from the difficulty of living in a very small north Queensland town with very limited retail possibilities and what arrives having freight costs added.

Though the internet shopping may be unfair to local retail I still try to shop locally and it is the extras I get on-line which I would not buy locally in any case.

An advertising campaign, launched by a group of Australian retailers that aims to convince the government to level the playing field against foreign websites that are offering tax-free goods seems a case of the giant retailers crying poor when they do everything they can to close down the smaller retailers and prevent competition so once the little business man shuts down they up their prices as they have a monopoly.  Isn't that exactly what the internet retailers are doing to them!  They can't have it both ways.

The ad reads: 'We agree with our customers that online retailing is a wonderful convenience that is here to stay.  We also agree that fair competition is good for our customers and we want to be able to offer them the same Australian tax exemptions that offshore retailers enjoy.''

At the moment, no GST is imposed on goods that are bought from international websites for less than $1000.  Wouldn't it make more sense to get rid of GST for small buisness in Australia so they can compete but not the larger retailers.  It's odd to hear Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman and Target all claiming they want a level playing field when with their buying power they have a big advantage over small retailers.

It is not only high prices that sends me to the internet to shop.  On-line there is a much greater range of goods and the service and backup seems better than some retailers in the 'real world'.  There is a lot to be said for service to the customer.  Also being able to shop any time is a great advantage.

So retailers need to get with the new way of shopping or be left behind!
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