Amazon to block Aus shoppers from U.S. website

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The change, which takes effect July 1, is Amazon's response to a 10% goods and services tax that Australia is adding to all imported online goods worth less than A$1,000 ($756).

Until now, GST has applied only to most goods sold in Australia and imported goods worth over A$1,000, making relatively low-priced imported items cheaper than their equivalents in local stores.

Jeff Bezos' Bazaar told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that from July 1, 2018, it will redirect Australian visitors to Amazon Australia - which is pretty lame compared to the full Amazon.com - but does charge GST (which us Australia's equivalent of sales tax or VAT).

Amazon said Australian customers will still be able to buy products sold by Amazon US on the Amazon Global Store.

Ms. Wong, the visually impaired Amazon customer, said the company's main site offered products she just couldn't get from Australian retailers, including many created to help visually impaired people like her.

eBay also stated its case against the Bill which applied GST to overseas sales. This rule now exists, but only on purchases over $1000.

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"While we regret any inconvenience this may cause customers, we have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple worldwide sites", Amazon said in a statement.

"This isn't an anti-trade move by the Australian government", he said.

Australian users weren't happy with their government's decision, and are calling the GST as the "Amazon tax".

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.

We speculated this might happen back when Amazon Australia was about to launch. As a placation, Australian customers will also have access to 4 million products that were previously available only on Amazon.com through its new Global Store.

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities".

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