Kogan sparks discussion about unfair prices for imported products
Most Australian distribution channels of imported goods are controlled by corporates abroad.
Many products are overpriced and Australians ripped off. Many switch gear products for example are here sold for double the European list price. In these cases it is not the Australian retailer who makes the big profit - it is the foreign exporting firm. A Siemens ex manager told me some time ago: "If Australians are that stupid to pay double European list prices then why not sell the products for that price?" That is slowly changing. Australians get less stupid.
I think it is great if Kogan is starting the discussion and undercuts the crazy and unfair price schemes. Australian retailers should analyse their deals and negotiate with their suppliers abroad for better deals.
No wonder Australians are buying on the internet: They don't do it to avoid GST - they do it to get a fair deal! I am happy to pay half the price + GST.
Books are a real luxury in Australia compared to Europe. It is just ridiculous if you remove a $35 price tag, finding a 13 pound UK price tag underneath. That's why we buy at Amazon and not at the store. There is no will to give Australians a fair deal - it is preferred to let book shop chains die as it recently happened.
Solar panel prices dropped 27% over the last year world wide - but not in Australia.
Australia is milked like a cow which had better feed during the financial crisis.