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Thackeraye

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Team, just thinking ahead - how do you go about getting records, do you mostly go to record shops, or are you buying online? If you are shopping online, are you buying from the US or Europe, and do there tend to be many issues getting them shipped? I should be able to get stuff shipped to my dad here and then ship them over to Oz, but just wondering if there are any problems I need to consider.

All going well, I'll be in Melbourne early July, and out of quarantine 2 weeks later. My records and equipment should be over by September. I already have pre-orders being sent to a Melbourne address!
 

kafunis

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New stuff mostly Amazon for price I buy s/h locally, I’m in Brisbane, you have a good selection of shops in Melbourne, I guess once you settle in have a look round and see who caters to you style/categories. Enjoy!
 

Lacubrious

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Team, just thinking ahead - how do you go about getting records, do you mostly go to record shops, or are you buying online? If you are shopping online, are you buying from the US or Europe, and do there tend to be many issues getting them shipped? I should be able to get stuff shipped to my dad here and then ship them over to Oz, but just wondering if there are any problems I need to consider.

All going well, I'll be in Melbourne early July, and out of quarantine 2 weeks later. My records and equipment should be over by September. I already have pre-orders being sent to a Melbourne address!

That’s great to hear, mate. I was wondering what was happening with you coming over since the “unpleasantness”. Did you end up finding your own place or will you be with the in-laws for awhile?

@kafunis is right. We do have a lot of great stores but they tend to be concentrated in the inner city suburbs just north of the CBD. Places like Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Carlton amongst some.

The only issue I had getting records here from overseas through is the tyranny of distance. It typically takes a couple of weeks for deliveries to arrive from most places. I had the rare album turn up in bad shape but most arrive well packed. The other issues I’ve found when ordering on Discogs is item “not available in your country”. That’s usually due to the seller not accounting for their settings so contact them directly. Factoring in 10% GST (VAT) on imports. This is done automatically with most online retailers based overseas but it does sting because it goes by the total cost including the shipping not just the value of the item.

Your dad might be the better bet on getting some things from the UK or Discogs.
 

Thackeraye

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That’s great to hear, mate. I was wondering what was happening with you coming over since the “unpleasantness”. Did you end up finding your own place or will you be with the in-laws for awhile?

@kafunis is right. We do have a lot of great stores but they tend to be concentrated in the inner city suburbs just north of the CBD. Places like Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Carlton amongst some.

The only issue I had getting records here from overseas through is the tyranny of distance. It typically takes a couple of weeks for deliveries to arrive from most places. I had the rare album turn up in bad shape but most arrive well packed. The other issues I’ve found when ordering on Discogs is item “not available in your country”. That’s usually due to the seller not accounting for their settings so contact them directly. Factoring in 10% GST (VAT) on imports. This is done automatically with most online retailers based overseas but it does sting because it goes by the total cost including the shipping not just the value of the item.

Your dad might be the better bet on getting some things from the UK or Discogs.
Ah, wait, so have the GST rules changed? I thought they used to be on items over $1,000 or something? Have they dropped it right down?

Staying with the in-laws for the first wee bit, then we need to get somewhere. Not 100% sure on where we are going to look.
 

Lacubrious

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Ah, wait, so have the GST rules changed? I thought they used to be on items over $1,000 or something? Have they dropped it right down?

Staying with the in-laws for the first wee bit, then we need to get somewhere. Not 100% sure on where we are going to look.
Yep. They changed GST a couple of years back when they figured out that lots of people shopped online because things are so expensive here.

The government can’t miss out on their slice too so they changed it from applying GST to imported goods over $1000 to anything being imported.

Even given exchange rates and local taxes you probably notice that the cost of things locally are much more costly to buy here. Sorry. Some call it the “Australia Tax”. The inflated cost of goods just simply by being sold in Australia.

 
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