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  1. EBAY has threatened to block Australians from using its platform if the government pushes ahead with its “unworkable” online GST changes. Under new laws slated to come into effect from July 1, overseas businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 or more will be required to register with the ATO to collect GST on all goods sold, including purchases under the current low-value threshold of $1000. Treasurer Scott Morrison claims the changes are about ensuring Australian businesses “do not continue to be unfairly disadvantaged by the current GST exemption that applies to imports of low-value goods”. Major retailers including Harvey Norman and Premier Investments have long lobbied for the change, saying it will level the playing field against the likes of Amazon, Asos and eBay. But in a scathing submission to a Senate inquiry, eBay has joined a growing chorus speaking out against the changes, describing it as a “hastily introduced”, “counter-productive”, “complex”, “inconsistent” and “unworkable” bill that will “harm Australian consumers in many ways”. “Regrettably, the government’s legislation may force eBay to prevent Australians from buying from foreign sellers,” writes Jooman Park, eBay’s vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand. “No tax would be paid to Australia and none would be owed. It would raise no revenue, deny Australians access to choice and lessen price competition. This solution would not even represent a win for bricks and mortar retailers, because Australians would still find ways to buy online. “They would do so direct via dotcoms without paying GST and they would lose the confidence they current enjoy buying from eBay with the advantage of its trusted seller ratings. This appears to be the most likely outcome at present.” If the bill is not withdrawn, eBay said, then “significant amendments” would be required “to even contemplate third-party online marketplaces somehow collecting GST given their current business models do not support it”. Echoing arguments by RMIT economists Sinclair Davidson and Chris Berg, eBay points out that the legislation “potentially deems eBay to be a ‘seller’ and an ‘electronic distribution platform’” when it is neither. “This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the marketplace: eBay is not a seller,” Mr Park writes. “eBay does not own the goods, does not handle payments and it does not distribute anything. eBay is a third-party online marketplace that simply connects buyers and sellers. “Perhaps there is confusion with other online marketplace-style business models. However, in those cases the online ‘marketplace’ is actually the real seller. Indeed, such first party marketplaces are no different to a retail shop, they hold and ship the goods, have large warehouses with stock and they handle the payments. eBay does none of this.” eBay said an online poll of 1000 Australians found 59 per cent did not support the bill as “it’s unreasonable because eBay does not own, hold, sell or supply goods, rather it provides a marketplace for these transactions to occur”. “Under the current Australian proposal, tax liability changes depending on goods value; seller turnover; platform or direct sale; courier, postal company or repackaging business,” Mr Park writes. “A simpler alternative for an island nation is to work with the logistics companies. All parcels arrive at a small number of Customs points, via a small number of international logistics companies, one of which is government-owned. “These companies can require buyers to declare whether a good is new and to nominate a value of the good as part of the pricing of parcel delivery to Australia. This system does not require parcels to be stopped, other than for routine auditing. “It captures all goods, regardless of whether they were purchased via a platform or from a dot.com. It is practical and enforceable, raises genuine revenue and is fair. Unlike other proposals, this does level the playing field.” In a separate submission, Asos has also hit out against the changes. “We are concerned that if, complexity and uncertainty are not avoided, then compliance will be needlessly difficult which could have a negative impact on both the success of the legislation and the Australian consumer,” writes Carly Cazzolli, Asos head of trading for Australia and New Zealand. “There is too little time between the finalisation of the legislation and the proposed commencement date. It seems likely that the new legislation will not be finalised and enacted until May at the earliest, this only leaves one month to implement and test any required changes to both retailers’ systems and those of any third parties involved in the supply chain.”
  2. Guest


    Is Ebay as popular in Australia as it is in the UK?? It's just that I usually put my sons decent grown out clothes and old toys on Ebay over here in the UK and was wondering if I would be able to do the same in Oz??
  3. Mr Fabricator


    Just sold my car on ebay , No idea of worth but had a figure in mind . A couple of people called me in the first 2 days of the auction and asked how much , i told them 6K but if truth be known , if theyed have turned up with 4k id have taken it , anyway the auction ended tonight and i received a final bid of £7710 WINNER !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKYOU VERY MUCH :-) Thats my visa paid for and my ticket to Oz :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: lee
  4. Love these 2 i do!Top quality merchandise i want,at prices that are very reasonable even with postage added,and loads of stuff i can't get here,or if i can it's megabucks!:shocked:Recently had some great British comedy DVDS for the princely sum of 1p plus 3.58 postage!Stuff that's never even been heard of here.:yes:Ebay here is Cr.p IMO,UK version much better,same as Amazon!!!!:wink:
  5. bensdad

    eBay selling

    I have just spent the last few days listing what I thought was junk on eBay just to see what I could get for it. The way it's going it looks like our flights might well get paid for! Lol Well happy gonna see what else I can find. Counting down the days!
  6. Heathfamily

    Ebay and paypal

    Can I just change my details, address, bank details etc, on ebay and paypal or do I need to close my UK accounts and start again with new ones in Australia? Ta.
  7. rockola57

    Ebay Snipers!

    Well 'Ello Da! Have you ever been usurped just as the Hammer has fallen on Ebay?How many seconds before the end will you push it till you put your bid in?I've done 18 seconds and couldn't get another one in after the outbid notice came up(probs 'coz bladdered)Best i got was Holiday in Ibiza for 4,bidded 1 nicka more than nearest bid:biggrin:Man that was a Holiday and a half!:notworthy:It's a funny old game,that Ebay Palava!:twitcy:
  8. We are in the process of sorting out a move to Canberra in a couple of months. I have a small Ebay thing going here in the Uk selling used/new clothing. I have amassed a good pile of things to sell but my questions is whether to ship it and sell it on Ebay Australia or try to get rid of it here before moving out. We are moving from a large 4 bed house so imagine we will be using one of the larger containers so I dont think the actual shipping will be an issue. It just whether to try and get rid of it all here or whether there is a good market in Oz to sell ladies high street clothing (river island, Marks and spencers, Per Una, Jigsaw etc) Its just an extra thing to have to do while here amognst a million others and if there is a good market for second hand clothing from the Uk there I can just cross it off my list of things to do and postpone till later till we are there:biggrin: any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Angela
  9. I have to admit I have been tempted at times - but I didn't think I'd get any takers, An Australian mother who listed her children for sale on the Internet had her joke backfire when authorities were called in to investigate, police said Sunday. Officials in the southern city of Geelong were notified last week that a woman was attempting to sell her children, a boy and girl both aged under 10, on the auction site eBay. Photos of the children were included in the sales pitch. "Police tracked down the woman, who said it was a joke," police said in a statement. Child welfare officers and police conducted a joint investigation and police said no charges would be laid. "However, police discourage this type of behaviour," the statement said.
  10. Now this is what i call a decent advert, Worth reading all the way through.. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/220768216260?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com.au%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3907.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D220768216260%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1
  11. PommyPaul

    The power of ebay

    Have a read of this item desciption and check the view count, all for a good cause as well. XCEL 3-2mm Infiniti Drylock Summer Wetsuit Medium USED on eBay (end time 21-Mar-11 20:03:15 GMT)
  12. I was about to ask if these were popular in Oz, but once I ran a search on Google rather than Taptalk (iPhone forum app), I found a lot of results for people who have used these successfully. A bit of googling also revealed that eBay is the most popular online retailer in Oz, and Freecycle has 17,000 posts in East Sydney alone. So - in summary - I guess we can rely on these two for finishing our new unit when we move in! Damo
  13. Need a new laptop and been looking on ebay.com.au I noticed on there theres a few us seller who are selling a laptop im interested in. does anyone know if I will have to pay any additional costs, such as taxes to import it here? I will be paying approx $900 for it. Thanks
  14. Hi Everyone, I am moving to the UK in April so I am selling a lot of stuff on Ebay,mostly DVD's (Some Good Britcom's !) and books,I also have various items of IT stuff like PC's,Software etc which I will be listing in the coming weeks. As a special offer , I am including free postage for any item bought from me by a member who notifies me after the sale that they are a PIO member. To check out my offerings go to: www.ebay.com.au and search for items listed by nigelinoz
  15. Guest

    Selling on Ebay

    Hi, just wondered if anyone else who is thinking or going through the process of emigrating, is selling any of their unwanted items (currently stuck in the loft) on Ebay. I've got loads to get rid of. It's going to take me probably 3-4 months to do it! I'm hoping to raise a few funds to help out with the visa process!
  16. Guest

    Ebay in UK or Ebay in Oz

    We've been selling things on ebay in the UK before we sell house and move,but the prices we are getting are hardly worth selling for.Is it worth keeping stuff and then ebay in Oz or what about these famous Oz garage sales,is British stuff sought after in Oz?Is ebay as popular in Oz?Thanks Fred
  17. Stuju

    Ebay in oz

    Hi all, Just thought it might be worth a mention to the many of you that may have ebay accounts. Don´t cancel your english account and loose all your well built up score and feedback, when you are up and running here in oz just log into ebay as normal and change your destination.(has to be done via the ebay.co.uk page) It worked fine for us and automaticlly transfered us to the aussie ebay side of it all, this goes for paypal as well. cheers gizmo