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#224184 6-Nov-2017 19:12
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Filings from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission indicate that Amazon will launch its Australian operations some time this month.

 

https://www.fool.com.au/2017/11/06/amazon-gets-a-boost-from-the-accc/

 

 


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  #1896388 6-Nov-2017 21:03
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So?




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  #1896451 6-Nov-2017 22:19
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BlinkyBill: So?

 

All speculation, but a lot of people believe that Amazon will fulfil orders into NZ from AU, with presumably lower shipping than from other Amazon regions. Also possibly a prelude to a move into NZ. Amazon coming to the region is a great thing for consumers, but is likely to hurt if not outright kill a whole bunch of companies like JB Hifi, Harvey Norman, etc. 





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  #1896457 6-Nov-2017 22:40
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Kill them you reckon? Believe it when I see it.

 

 

I was looking at the new Samsung Gear Sport yesterday. It's currently $449 at Noel Leeming, think I've seen it advertised in the $400s at JB too. I can get it to my door from Amazon for $465 - shipping only accounts for $11.

 

 

Having a warehouse in Australia isn't going to change the GST equation. And given Aussie is notoriously expensive for technology, it remains to be seen what effect Amazon will have there.

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  #1896501 7-Nov-2017 04:25
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Yesterday I ordered a twin-pack of Spigen tempered glass iPhone screen protectors from Amazon US for NZ$21, delivery in 1-2 weeks.

PB Tech sell the same product but as a single-pack - for $40.




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  #1896512 7-Nov-2017 06:43
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I also yesterday purchased a Weber BBQ Light for  $36  NZD compared from Amazon USA compared to $75 NZD here in NZ


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  #1896521 7-Nov-2017 07:24
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Lias:

 

BlinkyBill: So?

 

Also possibly a prelude to a move into NZ.

 

 

NZ is likely too small for an Amazon warehouse. Australia's close and they get great shipping rates.




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  #1896595 7-Nov-2017 09:40
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timmmay:

 

Lias:

 

BlinkyBill: So?

 

Also possibly a prelude to a move into NZ.

 

 

NZ is likely too small for an Amazon warehouse. Australia's close and they get great shipping rates.

 

 

Don't be so sure. A lot of people think that Amazon will set up a fulfilment centre (or two) in the upper north island sometime in the next year or two.

 

The Warehouse group certainly think so. That is why they went for the shipping deal with NZ Post. They ran a customer survey a couple of months ago in which they tried to gauge consumer reaction to a local Amazon fulfilment centre.


 
 
 
 


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  #1896620 7-Nov-2017 09:45
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jpoc:

 

timmmay:

 

Lias:

 

BlinkyBill: So?

 

Also possibly a prelude to a move into NZ.

 

 

NZ is likely too small for an Amazon warehouse. Australia's close and they get great shipping rates.

 

 

Don't be so sure. A lot of people think that Amazon will set up a fulfilment centre (or two) in the upper north island sometime in the next year or two.

 

The Warehouse group certainly think so. That is why they went for the shipping deal with NZ Post. They ran a customer survey a couple of months ago in which they tried to gauge consumer reaction to a local Amazon fulfilment centre.

 

 

Amazon Australia would be their smallest operation.  I seriously doubt they'd open anything here. USA has 400 million people, NZ is 1%, a rounding error.   Why bother wasting energy on us? Let the aussie operation kill 2 birds with one stone.  Even aussie must have been a line call. 

 

But hey, i'm only guessing like everyone else here. 


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  #1896624 7-Nov-2017 09:47
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jpoc:

 

 

 

The Warehouse group certainly think so. That is why they went for the shipping deal with NZ Post. They ran a customer survey a couple of months ago in which they tried to gauge consumer reaction to a local Amazon fulfilment centre.

 

 

I did the trial of that..  apart from the crappy "authenticating by same email" concept I was reasonably happy with it at $12/2 months with no minimum purchase, then they put in $10 minimum and bumped the price to $20 and I laughed and didn't renew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #1896651 7-Nov-2017 10:20
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Even TVSN has a warehouse in NZ, so I assume Amazon will.

 

I wonder if we can shop at either US or Aussie stores?

 

I find US prices on a lot of things cheaper that Aussie.


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  #1896687 7-Nov-2017 11:13
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Pumpedd: I wonder if we can shop at either US or Aussie stores?

 

I don't see why not; US customers can buy from UK, Japan, etc, and vice versa.

 

As for local presence, I don't see a full warehouse any time soon, but I can imagine a smaller depot with the most popular stuff.


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#1896733 7-Nov-2017 12:32
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marlinz:

 

I also yesterday purchased a Weber BBQ Light for  $36  NZD compared from Amazon USA compared to $75 NZD here in NZ

 

 

Saw this and immediately thought $36 for a BBQ?? Bloody good value!! (internal auto-correct replaced "light" with "lite") d'oh!!?!

 

It will be interesting to see what effect Amazon has in Oz.  I've been a regular buyer from their US and UK operations, the shipping has always been a killer.

 

It was great when living in the UK (even back in the 90's - ah, the joys of having to chase the pterodactyls away from the letterbox), you order a book and it's here the next day - awesome! 

 

 





 

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  #1896736 7-Nov-2017 12:37
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My guess it'll come down to what is cheaper: Build a warehouse in NZ and hire staff, or have their international freight provider purchase/lease more Jets to ferry the goods to NZ.


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  #1896740 7-Nov-2017 12:43
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Behodar:

 

Pumpedd: I wonder if we can shop at either US or Aussie stores?

 

I don't see why not; US customers can buy from UK, Japan, etc, and vice versa.

 

As for local presence, I don't see a full warehouse any time soon, but I can imagine a smaller depot with the most popular stuff.

 

 

Maybe amazon stores?  They are awesome. Stocked with all their top rated sellers. 


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  #1896743 7-Nov-2017 12:46
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timmmay: NZ is likely too small for an Amazon warehouse. Australia's close and they get great shipping rates.

 

Behodar: As for local presence, I don't see a full warehouse any time soon, but I can imagine a smaller depot with the most popular stuff. 

 

I have to agree with @jpoc. Amazon Prime & the whole border / customs issue makes having a local warehouse important.





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