Amazon Blocks Australian Shoppers Over New Online Sales Tax

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    I see already someone selling their services to get around this and other countries by offering a US landing address. Wouldn’t be hard to shut down you would think.

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    Amazon Prime launches in Australia,

    Amazon has launched its premium shopper membership club Prime, [color=red]but local shoppers will still have to wait two days to receive their goods.
    Costing $6.99 a month or $59 a year, Amazon Prime gives shopper’s free two-day domestic delivery and free international delivery on orders worth more than $49.

    There is no minimum purchase price or total number of eligible goods eligible for free delivery for domestic purchases.

    A Prime membership will also give users access to Amazon’s “Prime Originals”, an online streaming service with features such as the Top Gear re-boot The Grand Tour, in an effort to muscle in on the market created by Netflix and Stan.
    Other shows include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Patriot, and Just Add Magic.

    Gamers will also benefit with a selection of free games each month, while readers will gain instant access to Amazon’s library of e-books to read on their handheld device the Amazon Kindle.

    Amazon Prime’s Vice President Jamil Ghani said “We hope that Australians will love free two business day delivery on products from Amazon Australia and free international delivery on products from Amazon U.S., all available to customers on,”

    “We are really proud to bring Australians the most extensive set of Prime benefits at launch for any country – ever. This is just the beginning for Prime in Australia, as we will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits.”

    Worldwide Amazon Prime boasts more than 100 million paid members – making it the second largest paid streaming platform behind Netflix (125 million subscribers), Hulu (estimated 18 million subscribers) and HBO (estimated 142 million subscribers).

    Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager of Amazon Australia, said local shoppers will soon see an expanded range of products available in Amazon’s Australian store.

    “We are thrilled to bring Prime, our premium membership program and its many benefits, to Australia, little more than six months after the launch of our Marketplace and Retail offering,” said Braeuniger.

    “We have been working hard to expand selection, ensure customers get great value, and improve the Amazon shopping experience for Australians.

    “With the addition of Prime, customers can now enjoy the most convenient way to shop and take advantage of new and expanding benefits from Amazon.”

    In the US, 70 percent of Americans with incomes of $150,000 or more who shop online have Amazon Prime memberships.

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