Originally Posted by Abster2core
Not usual. There are anti-dumping laws that prevent it.
When it suits, and mainly applied against "dumped" Canadian lumber, am I right?
Only 400 km difference between Beijing-Sydney and Beijing-San Francisco. Point is Apple ships a 100,000 Macs to San Francisco and maybe 5,000 Beijing to Sydney at a time. Significant difference in cost per unit in shipping costs. Once landed, Apple's deals for UPS/FedeX land costs are significantly lower because of the yearly volume.
But when it lands in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, all more or less equidistant from Asia (Brisbane is even closer), you have 90% of the population covered.
Way out of line. Sure you didn't mean to add this.
Actually I did. It is obvious to outsiders that the States has progressed from institutionalised slavery to institutionalised exploitation. What is your minimum wage and what health cover do people on the minimum wage enjoy? How many jobs do they need to have to keep their heads above water, presuming they don't get injured or sick? What level of debt are they into to try and maintain the "American Dream" of consuming their way to happiness?
My point (as well) was that Apple like any other self-respecting company entering a foreign country has to provide materials, particularly re communication, in a form that is representative of the land in which they are doing business. Although the Australian web site is probably built in the US along with or in concert with every other foreign site, there are costs differentials which are charged ex-country accordingly. Probably exceptionally small, but they add up.
It may actually be the other way round. It maybe an Ossie, a Kiwi or an Indian building the US website, you'll have to ask Apple.
Volume. Tax structures. Population.
Tick 1 & 3. But the tax breaks of those how don't need it are at the expense of those just trying to survive. We don't consider that fair and tossed out Bush's Deputy Sheriff when he tried to bring in American style tax and work contracts to Australia.
Underpaid transport workforce? You won't find much support from the average consumer here.
How much of a clue does the average American consumer have of anything? My parents spent most of their trip to the Grand Canyon trying to keep their coach driver awake, because he was probably working 2 -3 jobs. I have seen Americans thinking all their Sundays have come at once, at the prospect of not having to tip here because employees get a living wage for their work.
Thus, the higher delivery costs.
Yes distance is a factor, when it needs to leave a capital city for a small minority of Australians. Still the lower cost of the States is achieved in most cases by artificially low fuel costs and paying low wages.
Wait 3-5 days? Are you out of your mind?
Well with FedEX I waited months and still had to go pick it up from their inconveniently located offices, all at my expense. The post would have been much faster, cheaper and convenient.
You have a great country. Anybody would love to live there. That is if they knew anything about it. But then we know that like your in-laws, staying permanently is another matter.
She left to marry a childhood sweetheart who as I understand it lives a pretty crappy life in Queens after having been downsized in the 90's. But then that's love for you.