Dingbatt:dclegg:freitasm: Well, the same applies to books (local distribution vs personal buying) or drinks (Coca Cola vs Mexican Coca Cola available in some dairies, Coca Cola vs Cherry Coke available in supermarkets)...
Should parallel imports be banned? Should TTPA be approved based on corporate interests?
Last year, I purchased a turntable from Amazon. The model I wanted was selling here with a RRP of $750, and the cheapest price by a local retailer was $699. Including shipping charges of $150, it cost me $450 all up to import it from the US. I got lucky and avoided the GST & duty surcharge, but even if it was applied I was saving money.
Should this have been illegal too?
Only from the point of view that because the cost of the import was over $NZ400 you should have paid GST. Could be considered tax avoidance?
If the declared amount was correct and NZ Customs didn't charge GST then there's no tax avoidance.