Shane's epic essay on US vs Australia pricing

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Re: Shane's epic essay on US vs Australia pricing

Post by rmartin04 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:09 am

Makes me want to move over there.

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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:19 am

:-) If you can find a Gladstone over there with the work/wage to match...be like Daddy Warbucks :)
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Re: Shane's epic essay on US vs Australia pricing

Post by beno37 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:40 am

With the fall of billy hyde and allens,is this the beginning of the end of the music shop. I sure hope not but price is price people will always chase a bargain.

With on line shops like thomann and alike with basically no import taxes, how can u compete.

I think customer service and being able to walk out the store with the item, are about the only advantage the corner shop has.

will be interesting to see what happens in the future.
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Re: Shane's epic essay on US vs Australia pricing

Post by guitarsatbmusic » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:10 pm

Music store's are about the passion of the guy working there matching the passion of the customer. I just dont think behemoths work in every market. Guitar Center hasn't turned a profit in five years. Big doesn't mean they can't fail. Thomann is a success due to the nature of the EU, if that falters, who knows what it would mean for them.
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Re: Shane's epic essay on US vs Australia pricing

Post by guitarsatbmusic » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:27 pm

Interestingly, note I wrote this SEVEN years ago, and even then, I'd been meaning to do it for a couple of years beforehand. So over seven years ago it was an issue. Not much aside from the Australian dollar has changed, and things have levelled out in terms of price parity. The population at large seems to be more educated on what the repercussions are for sending everything imaginable off shore. No matter your job, there are consequences for you if a retail industry and associated wholesale industries no longer exist in this country.
People used to hang shit on the retailers as though we were making mega profits. Then they turned to the distirbutors. Sure, some worked old school, but they're either gone, less relevant, or have changed. No one's making mega profits and "ripping people off". Al&^%s was the DISTRIBUTOR AND RETAILER of many of their brands and still failed, so how does that work? Last time I looked people making mega profits didn't go out of business.

Try this for some perspective, wish it existed before I had to spell it out long hand :)
http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/co ... ntries.jsp

To go back to my original post. US Federal minimum wage for non-exempt employees is now US$7.25, around a 40% increase, but that happened in 2009, hadn't changed for a few years before that, and hasn't changed since.
Australian federal minimum wage has increased around 30% in the same time, but so too have superannuation, payroll taxes, and workers compensation expenses along with that. And with everyone else in Australia, businesses electricity and water and other essential services have increased, we ALL of us know that pain. So what stood in 2005, stands today, and will continue to until Australia has sent all of it's money off shore and we'll end up back to the start of the cycle all over again
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