Tuesday, January 4, 2011
We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore!
There's a lot of talk in the news today about a group of retailers - led of course by whinging billionaire Gerry Harvey - who have begun an advertising campaign lobbying the Australian government to attach a Goods and Services Tax to online purchases from overseas. Currently, a GST is only applied to orders over $1000AUD.
Gerry Harvey has spent his entire career getting rich by jacking up the prices of his electrical goods to two, three or four times the price of the same item overseas. He raged against Kogan - an online electrical retail store - because he said it was unfair that they could afford to provide lower prices as they didn't have the overheads of physical stores. Gerry's all about "fairness" when it suits him, but I wonder what he would say if the government imposed some restriction on how much of a mark up he could apply to his goods? I imagine he'd be singing a different song then.
For us Australian beauty bloggers, it's not so much TVs as makeup that is the issue at hand. Yesterday I watched a video by camiloveskiwi, where she talked about Chanel Mat Lumiere being expensive in the UK - costing about £28. That's equivalent to about $44AUD. In the US, it's about $54US.
In Australia, Mat Lumiere costs about $75AUD. WHY???
So, Gerry Harvey - you and David Jones and Myer and that other moaning billionaire Solomon Lew, and the rest of the retail giants who have had a great run in an isolated country that up until a few years ago had no choice but to pay your vastly over-inflated prices can just SUCK IT. Because now we have choices, and we're going to use them.