australia's government to hold hearing to end tech taxation

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#1 Posted by ionusX (25757 posts) -

tech taxation may come to an end fo aussies. a formal inquiry has been launched by aussie parliment to seek an end to the 60% tech and software tax aussies pay. apple and microsoft will both be in the same room tomorrow to try and give they two cents on the matter. australians pay alot more despite having a currency value identical to that of canada or the united states. this is being done in an attempt im improve their lanes of communication when it comes to importing goods

http://www.vg247.com/2013/02/11/apple-microsoft-to-appear-before-parliamentary-australia-tax-hearing/

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#2 Posted by GTR12 (12489 posts) -

Just wanna say, finally...

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#3 Posted by Plagueless (2569 posts) -
I've heard about the ridiculous prices aussies pay because of taxes. What was it, like $1000 for a PS3 at launch? I've also heard stories of people buying gaming PC's at $3000 that I could get for $1000 in the States. Just goes to show you that government intervention in a free market is a bad thing. But hey, it's looking up for aussies. They finally got the R18 rating so gamers can be treated like adults, and now this.
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#4 Posted by Horgen (116156 posts) -
60% tax is a bit of an overkill. Why not reduce it to like 20% or 15?
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#5 Posted by Iantheone (8242 posts) -
Will this extend to games and software as well, or just hardware? Cause Aussies spend too much for all of those things
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#6 Posted by ionusX (25757 posts) -

Will this extend to games and software as well, or just hardware? Cause Aussies spend too much for all of those thingsIantheone
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#7 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
well that is certainly good news for you guys.
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#8 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (14307 posts) -
About time!!!
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#9 Posted by JohnF111 (14187 posts) -
Wait a minute... How much is a Mac in Aus? OMG it must be a years wages or something! Anyway it's great for you Aus guys out there, now the UK will be the highest priced for tech. Oh goodie!
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#10 Posted by Tezcatlipoca666 (7241 posts) -

I pay a regular 15% sales tax in my province (Canada) and it drives me nuts. I order from the U.S. as much as possible so that I don't have to pay any taxes. I would flip out if the government was robbing me like the Aussie govt is. You guys don't even have an escape like I do (the US).

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#11 Posted by KABCOOL (1147 posts) -

I pay a regular 15% sales tax in my province (Canada) and it drives me nuts. I order from the U.S. as much as possible so that I don't have to pay any taxes. I would flip out if the government was robbing me like the Aussie govt is. You guys don't even have an escape like I do (the US).

Tezcatlipoca666
Where do you order from? I live in Canada too.
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#12 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -
[QUOTE="JohnF111"]Wait a minute... How much is a Mac in Aus? OMG it must be a years wages or something! Anyway it's great for you Aus guys out there, now the UK will be the highest priced for tech. Oh goodie!

http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac It's natural for us to pay extra since we have to import the product from the States or Europe, but it's way excessive most of the time.
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#13 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="JohnF111"]Wait a minute... How much is a Mac in Aus? OMG it must be a years wages or something! Anyway it's great for you Aus guys out there, now the UK will be the highest priced for tech. Oh goodie!

http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac It's natural for us to pay extra since we have to import the product from the States or Europe, but it's way excessive most of the time.

its not about importing anything. its about this. AUS  US  why are we paying an extra 1000$$ for the same software, delivered by the same method.
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#14 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -
^^ True, I totally forgot that Online Digital also has the price hike.
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#15 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6636 posts) -

why is there such a difference?  Australia is pretty close to china compared to North America, so shipping of most of these products shouldn't be an issue.

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#16 Posted by 5SI-GonePostal (390 posts) -

why is there such a difference?  Australia is pretty close to china compared to North America, so shipping of most of these products shouldn't be an issue.

blaznwiipspman1

With most goverments its a blanket "tech" tax supossedly to improve internal marketing of locally produced products, and "force" people to buy national products to improve the economy.  They have the same tax in Brazil but it is slowly fulling and there is almost price equality here as well

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#17 Posted by Horgen (116156 posts) -
[QUOTE="JohnF111"]Wait a minute... How much is a Mac in Aus? OMG it must be a years wages or something! Anyway it's great for you Aus guys out there, now the UK will be the highest priced for tech. Oh goodie!

You're forgetting Norway... Still cost more than UK. Other countries are also expensive.
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#18 Posted by C_Rule (9816 posts) -
I thought this thing was forgotten a while ago, good to see that's not the case. Steam/Valve should get on board and put an end to their price gouging of Australian customers.
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#19 Posted by Lach0121 (10894 posts) -

Good news, Some countries around the world have an insane price hike on things that don't need to be. Like digital software.

I am hopeful this helps to counter that somewhat.

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#20 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
Look at this Adobe snake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=78yigV0GYGQ
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#21 Posted by C_Rule (9816 posts) -
[QUOTE="darksusperia"]Look at this Adobe snake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=78yigV0GYGQ

What a grub. Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud..... Didn't know whether to be frustrated, confused or amused.
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#22 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
[QUOTE="C_Rule"][QUOTE="darksusperia"]Look at this Adobe snake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=78yigV0GYGQ

What a grub. Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud..... Didn't know whether to be frustrated, confused or amused.

yep, just dodged the question. short version. if your not enterprise, we dont care.
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#23 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -

[QUOTE="C_Rule"][QUOTE="darksusperia"]Look at this Adobe snake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=78yigV0GYGQdarksusperia
What a grub. Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud, Creative Cloud..... Didn't know whether to be frustrated, confused or amused.

yep, just dodged the question. short version. if your not enterprise, we dont care.

WHAT A

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#24 Posted by NFJSupreme (6468 posts) -

I geniunely feel sorry for people in Australia. When I say the prices and how people still go out an build great rigs I just say wow that's dedication right there.  I salute you.  Whose dumb idea was it to have a technology tax anyway.    You are suppose to encourage innovation not tax it. smh.

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#25 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -

I geniunely feel sorry for people in Australia. When I say the prices and how people still go out an build great rigs I just say wow that's dedication right there.  I salute you.  Whose dumb idea was it to have a technology tax anyway.    You are suppose to encourage innovation not tax it. smh.

NFJSupreme
Totally agree. I'm currently weighing options to build my new rig. It's gonna cost around $2000-$2300AU. Will last me probably 4-5 years, so that's about $500 x year if you think about it.... but then I have to buy the games which are $80+
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#26 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
[QUOTE="NFJSupreme"]

I geniunely feel sorry for people in Australia. When I say the prices and how people still go out an build great rigs I just say wow that's dedication right there.  I salute you.  Whose dumb idea was it to have a technology tax anyway.    You are suppose to encourage innovation not tax it. smh.

FelipeInside
Totally agree. I'm currently weighing options to build my new rig. It's gonna cost around $2000-$2300AU. Will last me probably 4-5 years, so that's about $500 x year if you think about it.... but then I have to buy the games which are $80+

wait for steam sale, buy in bulk, work alot, problem solved. I have so many games built up that Im yet to play.
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#27 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="NFJSupreme"]

I geniunely feel sorry for people in Australia. When I say the prices and how people still go out an build great rigs I just say wow that's dedication right there.  I salute you.  Whose dumb idea was it to have a technology tax anyway.    You are suppose to encourage innovation not tax it. smh.

darksusperia
Totally agree. I'm currently weighing options to build my new rig. It's gonna cost around $2000-$2300AU. Will last me probably 4-5 years, so that's about $500 x year if you think about it.... but then I have to buy the games which are $80+

wait for steam sale, buy in bulk, work alot, problem solved. I have so many games built up that Im yet to play.

Yeah I sometimes buy on Steam Sales, but I'm a guy from the golden days....I like my Retail Box. They too go down in price of course. Some games I can wait for them to go down...others I want to play them at launch or else they get ruined either by people talking bad about them, or spoilers.
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#28 Posted by darksusperia (6945 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="darksusperia"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] Totally agree. I'm currently weighing options to build my new rig. It's gonna cost around $2000-$2300AU. Will last me probably 4-5 years, so that's about $500 x year if you think about it.... but then I have to buy the games which are $80+

wait for steam sale, buy in bulk, work alot, problem solved. I have so many games built up that Im yet to play.

Yeah I sometimes buy on Steam Sales, but I'm a guy from the golden days....I like my Retail Box. They too go down in price of course. Some games I can wait for them to go down...others I want to play them at launch or else they get ruined either by people talking bad about them, or spoilers.

just dont listen lol. I still havent got Crysis 3, I have tomb raider, installed, havent played it yet etc. all in good time. I have simcity installed to play with the missus but Im not playing until they fix the simulation which is completely broken atm. read the first 2 posts
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#29 Posted by aesir05 (94 posts) -

any updates on this?