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  Reply # 1661086 30-Oct-2016 21:13
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*Why* should they be similar? I don't think they should be.


Yes we pay a lot more for many things here in NZ. Some of that comes down to freight costs and the cost of importing product for a small country. Some of it is the fact we don't pay staff minimum wage. Some of it comes down to retail chains having to make margin off much smaller volumes of goods because we're a lot smaller country. Some of it comes down to GST and retailer obligations under the CGA that can is effectively a margin that needs to be added by the retailer simply as cost of doing business. Some of it comes down to the fact a manufacturer often makes a specific product for the NZ market because of the customisation required which is the case with many TV's.


Do we pay too much for many things in NZ? Yes we do. But thinking we should be paying a similar price to the US simply isn't logical.



By similar, I don't mean the same.  Probably prices should be a bit more in NZ to account for economies of scale and other factors. But, not too far off. 


You were saying the TV's won't work in NZ, but I think the OP was referencing the price as opposed to standards differences. This is what i was trying to say.   




I've bought stuff in the US for $300 which retails for $1200 here.  Economies of scale just doesn't explain such a price difference. 


Also, online software purchases -- why are prices sometimes so much more expensive in NZ? I believe adobe pricing was a really good example of this several years back, not sure if that still applies today. 





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  Reply # 1661099 30-Oct-2016 21:40
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Thankfully the 25/50Hz problem isnt that bad on bluray as it was on DVD, still, you wont be able to watch the local bluray release of any NZ or UK shows, as they will be at 50Hz, whereas the US release will be converted to 60Hz because of the lack of 50Hz over there.


Also, gaming you will be fine on current and last gen consoles. Even the wii U which still absurdly calls it the "Pal" model does 60Hz output at least all the time I have seen.


Motionplus/whatever its called on a TV will expose every gross detail of shoddy framerate conversion, so dont think you can just get away with using a 60Hz screen and setting your box to output 60Hz, when you are playing something 50Hz it will look terrible. That is why people in the US think that there is something wrong with british TV, because all they see of it has been poorly converted to 60Hz without optical flow, usually just doubling up the odd frame to make it up to 60.



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  Reply # 1662904 2-Nov-2016 19:25
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Where a product will work in New Zealand and overseas, arbitrage should force the local price to something close to the international price - after adjusting for factors such as shipping costs and GST, and any premium people may be willing to pay for the benefit of having a local supplier. That's the way markets work. Pretty much all markets where the government doesn't interfere.


Retailers have a choice when faced with such competition. They can either adapt by bringing their cost structures and pricing into line or, if they can't adapt enough and quickly enough, they can die.


Overall, while tough for the retailers concerned, that's good for consumers and the economy. It's how we get productivity growth, efficient resource use, and rising living standards.



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  Reply # 1672881 17-Nov-2016 14:57
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55 inch Oled at amazon UK, £1960, or $3500nz


Anyone know what shipping / duty would be?


Theres no duty? Only GST?


have to figure out shipping...


.. which will be around £300-400





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