Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

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Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by spladam » 19 Jul 2017, 12:25

I've noticed that lots of other countries get more than us, but I never thought that maybe it's not so bad? Or maybe it's worse than I thought? I guess I'll find out based on the responses :)

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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by BazzBass » 19 Jul 2017, 12:51

It's not what we can't get in Australia, it's that what we CAN get in Australia is so much above it's real worth. With our import taxes and the low dollar value we pay $3,800 for a bass that costs $1,200 in the USA. A $200 pedal in the US will cost us at least $360 here. It's killing us. Think of why it's cheaper to buy an amp from America and pay hundreds for shipping as opposed to buying it here.....
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by BassLine » 19 Jul 2017, 13:46

Take USA, Japan and U.K. out of the equation, and we're on par or better than most countries for music gear (the ones I've visited at least). In comparison, it's freight that's the killer for us.
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by Curto » 19 Jul 2017, 14:17

The NAMM show.
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by PilbaraBass » 19 Jul 2017, 15:22

There's a few things, that I miss from America...

1) Grits
2) American bacon
3) Provolone Cheese (not available in this area, anyway)
4) Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
5) Crawfish Etouffee

It's not all food related, but I could definitely go on...

Musically...

1) any Carvin / Kiesel gear (can get it here, but it's much more expensive and not as available)
2) Pandora (streaming soon to end in Aus)

In terms of cost of gear in Australia vs. America, it's generally about 50% cheaper in America (after currency conversion). But that doesn't include shipping costs or duty and tax.
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by Rocksolid » 19 Jul 2017, 16:13

Full range of Ben and Gerry's ice-cream in large tubs.
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by cleary » 19 Jul 2017, 16:16

PilbaraBass wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 15:22

3) Provolone Cheese (not available in this area, anyway)
Maybe it's cause I live in little Italy, but every supermarket in town stocks this (and wheels of every other variety of parmesan, pecorino, etc you could think of)
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by Ben B » 19 Jul 2017, 18:31

BazzBass wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 12:51
Think of why it's cheaper to buy an amp from America and pay hundreds for shipping as opposed to buying it here.....
Precisely what I chose to do. My Amp was around $2300-$2400 shipped from the US, including customs etc> I believe they were over $4K when retailed here.

Im not opposed to buying here, and I will when i can, but sometimes its just not financially viable, and a lot of retailers, not just music gear (happens a lot with car/performance parts) seem pretty intent to gouge us. I understand shop front, wages parts and imports for them, but sometimes its ridiculous.
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by sic608 » 19 Jul 2017, 19:59

In n out burger joint yes please :yep

Gear wise... im not really sure atm :hmm will get back too u

Funny how if its not music gear its food :lol:
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by PilbaraBass » 20 Jul 2017, 10:40

cleary wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 16:16
PilbaraBass wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 15:22

3) Provolone Cheese (not available in this area, anyway)
Maybe it's cause I live in little Italy, but every supermarket in town stocks this (and wheels of every other variety of parmesan, pecorino, etc you could think of)
:drool:
please send me 6 balls of provolone and one large wheel of pecorino please...

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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by Aussie Mark » 20 Jul 2017, 11:01

cleary wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 16:16
PilbaraBass wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 15:22

3) Provolone Cheese (not available in this area, anyway)
Maybe it's cause I live in little Italy, but every supermarket in town stocks this (and wheels of every other variety of parmesan, pecorino, etc you could think of)
Provolone will reach Gladstone in around 2030

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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by BazzBass » 20 Jul 2017, 12:44

every IGA I've been to has Provolone cheese , not that I buy it much.

Ben and Jerry's...hmmm there isn't enough sugar in chocolate ice cream lets add chocolate and lollies .....you may as well shoot it straight into your veins. Yeah I buy it every now and then too :(
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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by slave » 21 Jul 2017, 17:35

BazzBass wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 12:51
It's not what we can't get in Australia, it's that what we CAN get in Australia is so much above it's real worth. With our import taxes and the low dollar value we pay $3,800 for a bass that costs $1,200 in the USA. A $200 pedal in the US will cost us at least $360 here. It's killing us. Think of why it's cheaper to buy an amp from America and pay hundreds for shipping as opposed to buying it here.....
Ha ha! I logged in to say "cheap 2nd hand stuff" and you beat me to it! :thumbup:

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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by thegirls » 02 Aug 2017, 22:04

What I get in my small country town is small guitar studio owned by a very experienced player and teacher, who only sells the best and gives frank and fearless advice, if you want other, he recommends that you try the drum shop on the main street. Cheers

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Re: Opinion: What do you want that you can't get here in Australia?

Post by grooveinsyd » 06 Aug 2017, 14:53

Curto wrote:
19 Jul 2017, 14:17
The NAMM show.
I am with you. A show, an exhibition, a chance to see and try all the new gears.

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