Dealhacker: Kogan Offering Tiny Carbon Tax Discount

Today marks the start of the carbon tax in Australia, a topic that's the subject of much controversy. Online retailer Kogan has responded by offering a temporary 0.7 per cent discount — a figure which rather serves to underline that the impact of the tax on the average household expenditure isn't actually that large.

Kogan is offering the deal for the next 14 days if you enter the code CARBONTAX at its checkout. The 0.7% figure is based on the calculation by the government Clean Energy website that the carbon tax will result in an average 0.7% increase in the cost of living. (You can work out its impact on your own household, including tax concessions, via this calculator.)

Note that the 0.7 per cent discount only applies to the goods themselves, not shipping. Given that transport is a definite contributor to emissions, there's a certain irony there, but it's understandable insofar as Kogan doesn't directly control shipping charges.

Kogan as a company is a fan of "tax"-related promotions, having scored a lot of attention with its recent IE7 tax announcement. This is a similar stunt, but it does actually offer a minor saving if you were planning on purchasing something through Kogan anyway. That said, controlling your electricity use can improve your cost of living by rather more than 0.7 per cent.

[via OzBargain]


    I hate to say it, but with this and the IE7 tax, I think I might be starting to like Kogan...

    " a figure which rather serves to underline that the impact of the tax on the average household expenditure isn’t actually that large." - Angus

    The impact the tax will have on the earth's current average temperature isn't that large either. We don't need this tax, neither does the Earth. Monumentally massive waste of Australia's economy. Reducing 5% of the 1.32% of human CO2 emissions ours contributes.

    Australia emits about 400m tonnes of CO2 p/y, meaning, at $23/tonne, the economy will be shelling out approx. $9.2 billion per year, which averages to approx. $406 per aussie per year.

    You tell me, is it "worth" it? I know this is a generalization, but thats the cost.

      You seem to be rather missing one of the main points: if companies and individuals reduce their emissions, the costs go down. (You're also assuming that all emissions will be taxed, which demonstrably isn't the case given how the tax is directed.) But whatever your view on the merits of the tax, I've not yet seen a convincing argument (including this one) that says it's a ruinously large imposition on individuals, which is the point I was making.

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