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By pure coincidence, I started a discussion on this topic in the general questions section today, pondering what stance the big UK retailers in this hobby will take to the new rules.

 

Many points open to interpretation, such as compliance (or not) and any action the Aus government will take (or not)

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Hattons for one will be charging the additional 10%. Announced by them yesterday. No doubt other retailers will follow. I doubt it will push buyers to make thier purchases in Australia locally as even with the additional 10% buying from the UK is still significantly cheaper.

 

The cynical me sees this as purely a money making exercise by the Government and not a scheme to increase domestic sales.

 

Andy.

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Visited Hattons website, they are installing new software apparently but are already doing some strange maths to collect the GST. Seems that Kernow are not collecting the tax - "good on you fellas" . Anybody know if Rails of Sheffield are? In fact is anybody able to make up a definitive list. Could make a big difference where we all shop................

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Ebay UK is adding 10% GST to purchases made in UK sent to Australian addresses. This is a double whammy as, of course, you do not receive a VAT reduction on Ebay purchases! A definite reason to slow down purchases ex. UK, especially if people use the Global shiteing programme, which makes shipping ludicrously expensive.

Cheers from WA,

Peter C.

 

Edit: Just noticed they are charging GST on full price, including postage, surely this is a mistake?

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Ebay UK is adding 10% GST to purchases made in UK sent to Australian addresses. This is a double whammy as, of course, you do not receive a VAT reduction on Ebay purchases! A definite reason to slow down purchases ex. UK, especially if people use the Global shiteing programme, which makes shipping ludicrously expensive.

Cheers from WA,

Peter C.

 

Edit: Just noticed they are charging GST on full price, including postage, surely this is a mistake?

Probably not as they have some sharp practices for instance making a seller use PayPal as a method of payment

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I've given up buying from Hattons or any other shop overseas and I now buy local. If something goes wrong with a model loco or it's a dud when you receive it they don't refund the postage which can be quite expensive if you send a model loco air freight. I did have a Heljan loco that wasn't working properly and the shop in the UK that sold it to me gave me some ideas on how to fix it. But taking the loco apart and altering it would void any warranty that the loco had. So I sent the loco to Heljan in Denmark and they fixed it and paid for all the postage. They also told me I did the right thing in not trying to fix it myself because yes that would have voided the warranty. So well done Heljan. 

There's a local model shop that sells mainly British and I use them to buy models. I bought a brand new Bachmann Blue Pullman from them in Nanking Blue long after they'd all sold out in the UK. It cost me $600.00 and when I had a look on Ebay Australia some thieving A hole was trying to sell exactly the same train for $1,200.00. Some unsuspecting person may have bought it thinking they were getting a bargain when in truth they were being robbed blind. That's why I don't buy from Ebay unless I know what the original price was because so many sellers on Ebay are just rip off merchants as they're out to make quick money from unsuspecting buyers.

Never buy a limited edition model from an Ebay seller for they rip people off. They wait until the shops and manufacturers have sold out and then they put the limited edition items for sale online at hugely inflated prices. They have this mindset of it's no longer available so therefore it's worth double or triple what it sold for originally. No it's not.

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5 minutes ago, faulcon1 said:

I've given up buying from Hattons or any other shop overseas and I now buy local. If something goes wrong with a model loco or it's a dud when you receive it they don't refund the postage which can be quite expensive if you send a model loco air freight. I did have a Heljan loco that wasn't working properly and the shop in the UK that sold it to me gave me some ideas on how to fix it. But taking the loco apart and altering it would void any warranty that the loco had. So I sent the loco to Heljan in Denmark and they fixed it and paid for all the postage. They also told me I did the right thing in not trying to fix it myself because yes that would have voided the warranty. So well done Heljan. 

There's a local model shop that sells mainly British and I use them to buy models. I bought a brand new Bachmann Blue Pullman from them in Nanking Blue long after they'd all sold out in the UK. It cost me $600.00 and when I had a look on Ebay Australia some thieving A hole was trying to sell exactly the same train for $1,200.00. Some unsuspecting person may have bought it thinking they were getting a bargain when in truth they were being robbed blind. That's why I don't buy from Ebay unless I know what the original price was because so many sellers on Ebay are just rip off merchants as they're out to make quick money from unsuspecting buyers.

Never buy a limited edition model from an Ebay seller for they rip people off. They wait until the shops and manufacturers have sold out and then they put the limited edition items for sale online at hugely inflated prices. They have this mindset of it's no longer available so therefore it's worth double or triple what it sold for originally. No it's not.

Sorry if I'm missing something, but where is the relevance to GST here?

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On 12/01/2021 at 05:59, faulcon1 said:

<snip> It cost me $600.00 and when I had a look on Ebay Australia some thieving A hole was trying to sell exactly the same train for $1,200.00. Some unsuspecting person may have bought it thinking they were getting a bargain when in truth they were being robbed blind. That's why I don't buy from Ebay unless I know what the original price was because so many sellers on Ebay are just rip off merchants as they're out to make quick money from unsuspecting buyers.

Never buy a limited edition model from an Ebay seller for they rip people off. They wait until the shops and manufacturers have sold out and then they put the limited edition items for sale online at hugely inflated prices. They have this mindset of it's no longer available so therefore it's worth double or triple what it sold for originally. No it's not.

Caveat emptor..

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