One of the main arguments against lowering the level at which GST is applied to online sales is that the cost of actually collecting that tax is likely to be higher than the amount of revenue collected from it. A new study by Choice confirms that, and suggests that the cost of some items might almost double.
The push to add GST to all online sales made to Australians — not just those which cost more than $1000 — appears to be gaining momentum. The argument is that we need to create a “level playing field” for Australian businesses, but when the price difference for some goods is already as high as 200 per cent, the idea that increasing overseas costs by 10 per cent by adding GST will cause a change in buying habits is frankly laughable.
Ecoeggs has been crowned the shonkiest product of the year by the people of Australia, courtesy of a nation-wide poll by consumer advocate group CHOICE. The lesson here is that if you’re going to call your eggs “free range” and charge customers a premium, you shouldn’t treat your poultry like tinned chickens of the sea. But according to the company, it’s all just a big beat up.
From life-endangering baby’s dummies to hotlines that charge customers to complain, these are the dodgiest Australian products of the year as nominated by consumer watchdog CHOICE. As an added bonus, this year CHOICE is letting the public vote for their “favourite” offender. Read on and cast your vote!
One of the risks of shopping online is that your hunt for a bargain can lead you to purchase counterfeit goods. A recent shadow shopping exercise by CHOICE demonstrates that the differences aren’t always hugely apparent.
For too many people, the word ‘yoghurt’ is an instant signifier for ‘health food’, despite the fact that what you add to the yoghurt can make a massive difference. A recent CHOICE study reminds us of this fact, suggesting that many major frozen yoghurt chains are making claims which potentially violate the Australian Consumer Law.
A new national survey by CHOICE has discovered that around 15 percent of Australians make copies of music and DVDs for use on personal devices like tablets and laptops. However, this is not currently permitted under Australia’s copyright laws. According to CHOICE, we’re still living in the VHS era and the rules need to be changed. So what can you actually get away with today?