Global e-commerce behemoth Amazon has announced that it will automatically redirect its users to its local website (amazon.com.au), effectively restricting its purchasing options to its Australian website. Previously, its users in Australia could, and did, order and purchase products from other Amazon sites too, such as the U.S. (amazon.com) or the U.K. (amazon.co.uk) ones.
The move would come into effect July 1, the same day Australia's new goods and services would come into force. Australian Taxes ($ 755) are currently in excess of 1,000 Australian dollars ($ 755) in. The new tax regime would be more than 1,000 Australian dollars ($ 755) in value, but the new GST rules would apply to all such overseas transactions.
The primary reason behind the move seems to be in the process of collecting the tax and depositing it with the government. However, Amazon has created a new "global store" on its Australian website, where it is offering over four million products. marketplace.
"While we regret any inconvenience this may cause customers, we have had to assess the workability of the global business with multiple international sites. Based on our assessment, we want to redirect Australian customers from our international sites to amazon.com.au where they are sold by Amazon US on the new global store, available today. Amazon said in a statement shared with the Australian media .
However, four million or so products are less than one percent of the 480 million products that are available on Amazon's U.S.A. website. In some cases, the same products would be cheaper on an international market than the Australian one, even after the extra cost of overseas shipping charges.
to order them to an address overseas and then have them shipped to Australia on their own. Using a technological workaround, like a fake geolocation, does not work either, since the company has decided to send a message to the country from abroad.
Amazon sends an email to all its Australian customers explaining its decision, and so The coupon is valid only on the Amazon Australian marketplace, which has about 60 million products on offer.
The decision did not Australians, with criticism directed towards both the company and their government.