I've had orders where USD to AUD + fast shipping
+ GST/Duty was still around 3x cheaper than buying
from local dealers. I'm quite certain that many Aussie marine
companies simply order from the US (at US retail pricing), then add their own huge mark-up on top of whatever their total cost was.
Here's a recent, though less extreme example:
I need a new Westerbeke heat exchanger
, local Brisbane
guy (who will remain nameless) says it's $895AUD, and one of his workers manages to tell me "he gets them from the US".
The same aftermarket exchanger from inetmarine.com is $315USD + $134.28USD shipping
via UPS (less than 1 week wait!). Total cost to my door: $489.73AUD (with todays exchange rate).
So, why mess around with the local who is charging
nearly double? I'd also be waiting at least an extra week while he places the order, gets his *#$! together, sends it out once it arrives, etc. Why bother? It's just a scam.
I was recently investigating purchasing wind
generators locally, assume the shipping from N. America would be huge. It turns out the locals are gouging so badly, it's still far cheaper to ship a fairly bulky wind generator
from the US, even with the exchange rate, duty, GST.
Defender seems pretty good with shipping rates to Australia
when you factor in your savings. I pass out their catalogs to everyone here. They should be giving me affiliate bonuses!