Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

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Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by Gambit on Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:57 am

Apparently (because of the whole Greek finance debacle) the Aussie dollar is at a big-time low (74c US) at the moment.

This would assumedly mean that figures from the US are going to cost a lot more at the moment.

Personally, I'm not buying anything from overseas until the AUD climbs a little. It is costing way too much for what should be much cheaper figures.

Is anyone else going on a buying hiatus until the dollar improves?

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Re: Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by Xenaphobia on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:21 pm

I'm not sure it is going to improve any time soon. I think the days of parity are long gone. It certainly limits collecting, which isn't such a bad thing for personal finances.

I certainly don't see any big ticket items like MOTUC Point Dread and Talon Fighter being affordable, especially with shipping from the U.S. always being so high.

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Post by Mahzian on Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:21 pm

Yeah parity was pretty rare, god I remember back in the 90's when it was about 50 cents (which ironically made things cost about the same in terms of wage comparison)

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Post by Shadowless on Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:58 pm

I heard our dollar will drop as low as 65 cents by next year. Sad

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Post by fishmilkshake on Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:10 am

I've been buying crap from overseas since 1990. There's always peaks and troughs since the dollar was floated. I find it's the shipping costs that are killer.

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Post by Shadowless on Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:43 am

fishmilkshake wrote: I find it's the shipping costs that are killer.
Especially now that ebay has that BS Global Shipping service. Man, that thing is a rippoff. It's ruining ebay.

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Re: Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by The Dr Of Style on Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:12 pm

Shadowless wrote:
fishmilkshake wrote: I find it's the shipping costs that are killer.
Especially now that ebay has that BS Global Shipping service. Man, that thing is a rippoff. It's ruining ebay.

I had that on an auction $170 for postage to aust. I questioned him and said that's ridiculous, get rid of it, charge me actual (was about $55) and I'll buy your item, he did and I did. Postage within Aust has also been steep for the last few years

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Post by fishmilkshake on Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:35 pm

Since many sellers don't see the quote for shipping that we do, I've found quite a few to be very reasonable if you contact them about high shipping costs.

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Re: Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by Xenaphobia on Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:53 am

We can now add GST (and possibly a GST collection administration fee) to overseas purchases from 1 July 2017:

http://www.afr.com/news/politics/all-goods-bought-overseas-to-incur-10pc-gst-20150820-gj4ams

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Re: Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by The Dr Of Style on Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:54 pm

Wonder if that is from businesses only? or eBay / crowd funding etc
Stuff you buy online could ad it into the cost and somehow mark get has been paid.....surely it's not cost effective to stop all packages at depots/post offices then wait for get payment/processing or give all the delivery guys mobile eftpos units, nightmare....

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Re: Weak Aussie Dollar - Should I wait to buy from USA?

Post by Mahzian on Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:20 pm

Seriously I swear this government is working it's way down a list on a whiteboard which is titled "how can we piss everyone off?"

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