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Old 6th September 2017, 2:11 PM   #5926
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Looks like Lego is cutting 8% of their workforce, full story..

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-of-leadership

Not too surprised, personally I think they're making too many different sets/themes at the same time and that quality of new ideas is starting to slip.

In addition, they're probably starting to feel some effect from people buying knockoffs from those of shit thieving Chinese/Lepin crap.

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Old 10th September 2017, 9:01 PM   #5927
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$1,300 AUD in Australia - equivalent to $1,287 CAD or $1,033 USD where as it's $899 and $800 respectively in each region. Price Gouging - disappointing but I still want it. I don't know how they justify the ~25% markup
Remember, US prices are quoted EX TAX, and the yanks pay state and city taxes, often as much as 15%, where as our prices are inc gst. Buying from the US and not paying tax is a loophole that most yanks can't take advantage of, so the prices are not so different.

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Old 11th September 2017, 12:45 AM   #5928
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Remember, US prices are quoted EX TAX, and the yanks pay state and city taxes, often as much as 15%, where as our prices are inc gst. Buying from the US and not paying tax is a loophole that most yanks can't take advantage of, so the prices are not so different.

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Old 11th September 2017, 8:28 AM   #5929
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Tax is about 7-8%
Yes, so $800 USD + Tax = $864 USD

$864 USD = $1080

You can pay that if you can find someone way to send it over.

Send that over, attract local GST via customs.

Or get someone to ship it over as a gift, but it will still cost you at least $100 to post that size and weight.

So you're at $1180 AUD.

Also companies have to place buffers for exchange, our exchange is stablish for now against the USD, but it could go down potentially.

So lets say the pricing buffers $40 exchange rate changes (assuming it drops down to 70 cents).

I don't think the pricing is TOO far off. Would have been nice if the pricing was around $1250. But i don't think it's overboard compared to US
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Old 11th September 2017, 9:20 AM   #5930
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It's a common misconception that marking something as a gift will avoid duty/gst.

It's always been a case that items over the $1k threshold were subject to duty/GST even if marked as a gift. It wasn't, maybe it still is but I haven't done it for a while, common for parcels over the threshold to come through without being flagged that money is owing on them, especially via Austpost. They simply didn't have the resources to properly check all parcels coming though and so a lot slipped through without being charged.

Also keep in mind that if your parcel is flagged you pay GST on the amount including shipping, not just the item. You may also need to pay duty, probably 5% though I've never looked up what the duty is on toys, plus a brokerage fee, about $50 if DIY the last time I checked.
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Old 11th September 2017, 3:26 PM   #5931
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It's always been a case that items over the $1k threshold were subject to duty/GST even if marked as a gift.
I remember when I went for a TRS claim (I had $1250ish worth of camera gear) the customs guy said that even though that's the threshold, it's not worth their while to worry about anything that's less than $50 - $80 worth in tax so the threshold is a bit of a wide line but who knows how tightly managed that is when it comes to posted parcels.
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Old 11th September 2017, 8:05 PM   #5932
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Old 14th September 2017, 3:03 PM   #5933
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Not available to order until the 14th for VIP and 1.10.17 for the rest of us plebs
Where did you get 14th from? I am part of the VIP programme and can't see it anywhere.

I also realise it isn't necessarily 14 September where it counts just yet .
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Old 14th September 2017, 5:15 PM   #5934
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Where did you get 14th from? I am part of the VIP programme and can't see it anywhere.

I also realise it isn't necessarily 14 September where it counts just yet .
It's available now for VIP. Just ordered mine, can't wait!
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Old 14th September 2017, 8:19 PM   #5935
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Looks like VIP pre-orders are closed as the Millennium Falcon is temporarily out of stock.

I assume they will have stock for the regular sales commencing on 1 October.

I managed to order 1 after the website recovered from it's issues and before stock ran out.
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Old 14th September 2017, 9:19 PM   #5936
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So who else bought a falcon? I had one in my cart but decided against it.

Going to wait for some discounts or double/triple VIP

I did buy a Lego Fishing Store for 20% off though
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Old 14th September 2017, 10:04 PM   #5937
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I missed out because they don't take AMEX at the AU store but do in the US store. Can't figure out why that is. It will be back and I will keep checking it and get one then.
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Old 15th September 2017, 7:33 AM   #5938
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Its already been confirmed on multiple sites as coming to retail at myer and possibly big w.

I'm going to hold out till then and pick it up during a 10-20% off sale.
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Old 15th September 2017, 8:05 AM   #5939
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I did buy a Lego Fishing Store for 20% off though
That's a really nice looking kit. Considered one myself and haven't completely ruled it out yet.

I had a look for the Falcon yesterday but it was still listed as Coming Soon when I checked in the morning. Guess it was opened up for ordering later in the day. I wasn't sure if I was going to grab one or not but wanted to at least have the option. Probably wouldn't have bought one if they didn't take Amex as Chook says, I'm sure they used to. Maybe during a retail sale later as trop says.

I did finally grab a Caterham for myself but from ebay at 20% off.

EDIT: WTF?!, the Falcon is now listed as temporarily out of stock at $1500. It's gone up $200 already.

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Old 15th September 2017, 10:46 AM   #5940
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Its already been confirmed on multiple sites as coming to retail at myer and possibly big w.

I'm going to hold out till then and pick it up during a 10-20% off sale.
I admire the patience and wish you good luck.

This time round I just wanted to secure one without any uncertainty. I've missed out before on sets I've wanted but decided to try to buy cheaper later.
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