In Australia it is customary for businesses to rip off their customers.
This is usually done in a number of ways:
Unnecessary increasing prices of products
Forcing/conditioning customers to purchase “extended warranties” on products
Charging inflated amounts for accessories, which are quietly bundled with the item at point of sale
Charging inflated amounts for services such as instillation or commissioning
The pathetic retailer blames their high prices by:
Justifying their inflated prices on overheads such as rent and employment of inefficient “customer service” staff
Justifying their inflated prices on the geographical isolation that Australia is within
Endearing to promote Australian jobs even though the majority of goods sold are manufactured in China
Blaming fixed variables such as local taxes put on goods and services
A current example of the price mark-up Australians experience becomes apparent when goods are purchased from a Australian reatiler, Jaycar.
Wholly integrated and operated from New South Whales, Australia; this company also sells the same products to the USA through the American Jaycar online retail website.
Below is two screenshots of a Helicopter toy, one from the AU site and the other from the US site. Exactly the same item, same order number…
As you can see, the US price is $112USD and the AU price is $179AU respectively.
Given that the Australian exchange rate is currently $0.93AU to $1.00USD, there seems to be approximately a $75 difference between the same products being dispatched from the same location.
Given these facts, a point of truth has been realised and it is simply not to shop at Jaycar any-more.
You call yourself a Australian company? You fail, rip off!!!