A while back I commented about VCRs being sold into Australia like there was no tomorrow, all while PVRs were rapidly becoming the norm in the US/UK/EU/Asia. Then we were sold SD-only products even while HD was being rolled out and available.
Currently being in the market for a new lightweight notebook/laptop type product it has come to attention that the Black Friday sales in the US offer Americans quite steep discounts on the latest kit while our versions of the same companies are still mostly holding RRP or close on the last generation - indeed the new generation remains difficult to find from most suppliers.
Amazon (AU) had an advertisement from a US supplier at an excellent price on the latest kit with caveats about ‘offshore supplier’, ‘no local warranty’, ‘different standards’, and so on, but amazingly cheap compared to our local offers. What cost is replacing a US plug for an Australian one, both versions having universal power supplies? It could be interesting pushing the ACL in this context if necessary, and the supplier looked like an advertiser on Amazon, not an Amazon fulfilled product where one could argue the point more directly.
Our norm? Old tech at top prices unless we go offshore? As Gerry Harvey admonished, it must be all about the GST, not the old product being dumped on us when it comes to tech. My example would be about half our local price, after adding the GST!