The above quote is taken from a New Zealand Herald article in which Auckland shop keepers allege their falling revenue is due to consumers exercising free choice and buying goods overseas.
New Zealand used to have a free market economy, but if local shop keeps get their way the government will add 15% sales tax to EVERY overseas purchase no matter how small.
Whilst the rest of the developed world moves towards an e-economy and reaps the benefits New Zealand businesses want their country to remain in the Stone Age, so that they can continue to reap the rewards of a restricted market.
However, even with the addition of 15% tax many of these products will still be significantly cheaper overseas than they are in New Zealand. Many of these items aren’t even luxury goods, just items that cannot be bought locally.
One Auckland-born Devonport local said she shopped in the village only as a last resort, mainly for the convenience rather than the cost.
She shopped at Marks & Spencer, Next and Amazon.
The exchange rate helped and the range was better than that on offer in the village.
Adding GST to overseas online purchases wouldn’t deter her from online shopping.
She said Devonport shops were too expensive and she wouldn’t shop at them unless she was in a rush.
Stewart admitted the prices were too expensive in New Zealand but blamed it on too many people clipping the ticket. “Everyone, from importers and wholesalers to us retailers, need to take their cut,” said Stewart.
“It goes right through the line and that’s a big problem.”… Source
This isn’t a campaign against oversea purchases, this is a war against freedom of choice and the Internet economy.