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If you’ve ever been in the market for a sex toy, you may have looked into buying it through Amazon. Amazon tends to have good prices on gadgets, even when you factor in shipping costs to Australia. Sex toys are a different story, though: in fact, most of the time, it’s best to avoid Amazon altogether. Here’s why.
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey last week announced that the existing GST exemption for low-value imports would be removed, starting July 1, 2017 at the latest. Non-resident companies will be expected to collect and remit the GST to the ATO. But will such a system work in practice? Here are three sizable holes in the government’s plan.
Free or cheap shipping has become pretty commonplace, but some retailers still charge quite a bit. These stores will occasionally offer free shipping, but with a caveat: you have to spend at least $50 or $75 or more to get the deal. Try to get around this by opening a chat session with the retailer. Then, ask for a better deal.
You’re probably familiar with Facebook’s popular “Garage Sale” pages which allow members to buy and sell second-hand goods with nearby locals. Today, the social media giant kicked it up a notch. The Buy & Sell page is a new, invite-only marketplace that is currently being trialed around Australia. It’s essentially eBay/Gumtree — but on Facebook.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is urging Australians to exercise more caution when ordering direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits such as 23andMe, Navigenics and Family Tree DNA. Many of these companies are based overseas and may not meet Australian standards for quality and reliability for medical laboratory testing.
One of the worst aspects of Christmas shopping is the insufferably “festive” muzak that blares from every storefront. For some reason, eBay has decided to replicate this unpleasant experience for online shoppers. No really. For a limited time, eBay customers will be able to play soul-sapping Christmas carols directly through the browser. Bah-humbug.
Westfield Sydney has introduced a new food app that allows customers to order and pay for their lunch via their mobile phones. Instead of wasting time in the queue and faffing about with their wallets, busy CBD workers can simply rock up to the front of the line and collect their pre-prepared meal. There is a slight catch, however.