I'm a 23 year old guy. You know the type, I'm from Generation 'Y', I probably won’t listen to you, the internet is my domain and online shopping is my specialty. So I'm sure you can understand my anger at retailers when they recently announced their big campaign to dump GST and import duties onto purchases from foreign websites. Do they really expect us to believe they're doing it for the good of 'our' future? I hope not, because I may be born later than them, but I'm no fool. I see this kind of stuff in movies all the time.
I am outraged at these big, multi-million dollar companies willing to place me and my wallet under stress so they can generate more income. Because that's exactly what they're doing. They want to secure more cash so they can develop more products, market the crap out of them and get a head start on brainwashing the next generation of youths. If I thought these taxes were going to mean I'd get to ride a hoverboard any sooner, then I'd be all for them. But let's face it, we give them more money and they give us more ads, and for a tech savvy kid like me, that's hell. It's like Justin Bieber sponsoring Facebook or Ferris Bueller not actually having a day off.
Retail 'King' Gerry Harvey is saying that these taxes are not only needed, but they're for the good of the country. So basically, we're unAustralian for buying overseas. Personally, I just think he's upset that I'm a better bargain hunter than he is. I mean after all, a really good deal on the internet does take at least 30 minutes to find and even then, I have to bookmark the website for next time. So it's not all fun and games for me, Gerry. And if Australians are the hard workers that everyone says we are, then I'm definitely doing my part.
I also think that Gerry Harvey and his cohorts are angry for another reason. Have you ever heard old people say 'They don't make them like they used to'? It's true, they don't. And the retailers know this. So when we buy a camera off the internet for $200 cheaper, not only did we get a bargain, but we're probably going to buy another one from the same site in 6 months time when it's broken.
But here's the thing, the retailers are blaming the expensive rent and staff wages in Australia for their push on the extra taxes and we're being asked to foot the bill. But why on earth do we, the customers have to sit back and accept that it's 'the way it is'? Surely it works both ways, can't the companies accept that it's going to cost a little more to have a shop in Australia? I really don't care if you don't make as much money in Australia as you do in the US, just as long as I have my new laptop. Because that's what it's all about. It's about me, the customer, being happy and satisfied. And if you try to tell me that it's all in the name of sustaining jobs for our future then I'll never be your Facebook friend because that's baloney. Here's an idea, how about all the brands set up their own individual stores, that we don't have to pay the extra fees that places like Harvey Norman charge us anyway? Problem solved.
Let's face it, it's a never-ending battle and I'm sure that the taxes will eventually be imposed on us poor Australians. After all, that's what we will be. Poor. While the retail companies get even richer we'll be left to sift through the music on our 15th generation iPods. And before you write me off as that typical, 'Gen Y' idiot, remember, I don't care. I'll have forgotten all about this next week.
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