I live in Australia and have noticed that the prices in the American
catalogues (adjusted into Australian currency) always seem extremely
affordable for same or similar products compared to the prices being
I often feel like my choices in where to buy tools here are
extremely limited. I live in a capital city which has a whole 2
jewellers supplies with showrooms. I have found that I am regarded
with contempt by the sales people at these stores and always made to
wait for the obviously more important customers no matter how long I
have been standing at the counter waiting for service when they walk
through the door.
The range that the two stores offer is opposite ends of the price
scale, but equally as limited. One offers top end products - but no
choice - just the one, with the one high price tag. The other
offers low end products that you can already tell are poorly crafted
and made of inferior materials before you even get them out of the
shop - the prices are more attractive… but it often still seems a
lot to pay for products that you just KNOW will need replacing
sooner rather than later.
On this forum I have seen discussions about equipment like polishing
motors and that an exhaust system is a must… here it seems that
only large companies can afford this set up as the extraction system
itself costs at least as much as a 2nd hand car would. I don’t know
any one person workshops here that contain an extraction system - it
is simply unaffordable.
Anyway, I am going somewhere with all of this ranting… I am
wondering if it would be a viable option to order from reputable
overseas companies. I know shipping and insurance costs would be
high… but, if a group of us were to get together and do a bulk
order on lets say, rolling mills, is there anyone who would know if
this could work out a cheaper option? I am not sure if it is tax
that keeps our prices so high, or shipping in the first place (from
the supplier) or just a huge mark up by the retailer.
Another hobby of mine is music - it is no secret that electric
guitars, basses, amps etc are also available much more cheaply
overseas. Maybe then the higher prices have to do with the distance
involved in shipping way out here to Australia?
I am frustrated by paying high prices and poor service is just
insult added to injury. Maybe I am buying from the wrong
suppliers… I don’t know - hope someone can point out if I’m doing