> the appreciation of the Australian dollar has, at least in markets in which prices are allowed to move with the currency, made imports cheaper.
/me looks around for evidence of such a market...
Costco are doing this. HDDs and some low-end motherboards are also beginning to come down on msy.com.au. There are lots of tiny webshops, but the lack of selection means that shipping bumps the prices up more that any savings.
Australian ecommerce retailers' websites are generally very poor - nothing like Scan or Dabs. Shipping from HK, the US or even the UK is generally cheaper for light goods, as long as you can stomach the shipping costs back if it doesn't work.
I wish Scan would come down here!