Your Favourite Online Shopping Sites Are Facing A Potential Ban By The Oz Government

2016-09-13 01:43:53Z
Lucy O'D
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The internet is quite literally your one-stop-shop for anything and everything, but due to the new budget, that could all be about to change. 

According to CHOICE, a consumer advocacy group, we can wave goodbye to buying cheap goods from overseas. 

As of July 2017, the Australian Government will be applying GST to all purchases under $1000... Sooo, unless you're shopping for a brand new CHANEL bag, you can expect everything to go up in price.

Any overseas businesses raking in over $75,000 per annum from Australian consumers will be affected. 

Any business that refuses to collect GST from their customers can expect to have their website blocked all throughout Australia. 

Tom Godfrey's, Head of Communication at CHOICE agrees that these are sad, sad days for lovers of online shopping: 

"Consumers buy a range of specialty products from overseas-based online stores. These include niche cosmetics brands like Charlotte Tilbury or Glossier, and non-standard sized clothing brands like Long Tall Sally and Pink Clove. 

"If the Federal Government is going to start blocking these websites, it will disadvantage local consumers while providing absolutely no economic benefit to Australia. These products are not available in Australian stores. If the websites that supply them are blocked, consumers will lose out." 

PHOTO CREDIT: Channel 9 Big Bang Theory 

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