How Amazon plans to block Australians from using popular feature

How Amazon plans to block Australians from using popular feature

How Amazon plans to block Australians from using popular feature

Goods sold on Amazon.com, the USA site, will cease shipping to Australia on July 1.

The GST amendment lowers the current minimum spend for GST inclusion from $1,000 to $1 in response to backlash from local retailers.

"Amazon Global Store will allow Australian customers to shop on amazon.com.au for over four million items that were previously only accessible on amazon.com".

Amazon launched its Australian site last December and says it now has 60 million products, a fraction of the estimated 500 million products that are listed on Amazon's US site.

The change to Amazon's website traffic, is being communicated to Amazon's worldwide customers with the company stating that from the 1st of July Aussie visitors to Amazon's global.com site will be redirected to the Australian.com.au site instead.

We speculated this might happen back when Amazon Australia was about to launch.

New Zealand had also already applied GST to digital services from offshore, such as Netflix in 2016.

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A spokesman for Amazon said customers would be able to use a new derivative of its brand, Amazon Global.

In a statement issued to the Good e-Reader, Amazon said it regretted the move and the inconvenience to customers accustomed to visiting Amazon's global online stores.

Based on our assessment, we will redirect Australian customers from our worldwide sites to amazon.com.au where they can shop for products sold by Amazon US on the new Global Store, available today.

"The government doesn't apologise for ensuring multinationals pay a fair amount of tax here in Australia", he said.

At 2:22pm Thursday, shares in local e-commerce site Kogan.com were up 11 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $9.18, while shares of electronics retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman were up about 2.3 per cent and 1.0 per cent, respectively.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the change in April 2017, eight months before Amazon opened its Australian unit.

"A number of other countries are taking a similar approach and adopting a vendor collection model to collect GST from low-value imported goods".

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