Amazon has officially launched in Australia - and the results have been pretty underwhelming. Instead of recession-busting bargains and mass mercantile disruption, we got prices that were... kinda okay.
While there are some decent deals in the offing, the majority of prices are only slightly better than traditional retail - and others are worse. Much, much worse.
Given the number of would-be customers who have been complaining online, we figured we'd take a look at the most overpriced items Amazon Australia has to offer. Granted, the prices below come from third-party sellers on Amazon, but you’re still buying them on the Amazon website and they all carry Amazon’s branding and seal of approval. We think this makes the comparisons fair game.
Prices start at over $1000 and quickly skyrocket into the tens of thousands of dollars. Prepare to be dumbfounded.
Movado Gravity Rubber Mens Watch: $1,015.61
Or $680 at the Discount Shop.
Samsung Galaxy S8: $1570.87
Kogan is selling it for $879.
HP Ex-Demo T9S45PA laptop: $4,496.25
Sony 75 4K LED Android TV: $5,779.13
Bing Lee has it for $4499.
DJI Inspire 2 Combo Drone (Includes Zenmuse X5S): $9,499
The official DJI store is selling it for $6499 bundled with extra accessories.
Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. CS Lens (11074): $10,999
You can buy it new on eBay for US$5999.
Kodak i5600V A3 Document Scanner: $87,162.55
Printerbarn's price is $79,898.95 - which is probably still too much for a scanner.
Star Wars Supreme Edition Stormtrooper Costume: $1,209.95
This is actually pretty standard pricing - but it's cool, so we figured we'd share it anyway.
Have you seen any horror pricing on Amazon's Australian website? Share the links in the comments. (Alternatively, shower us with any bargains you find!)