If there’s one site you can’t beat for bargains its Amazon. Just look at some of the bargains we’ve seen recently:
|Transcend 8 GB Memory Card
|Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera
|Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
|Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Pearl Display
Okay, we’ll admit these are the prices you find on Amazon in the USA, so how does this apply to Amazon Australia? After all, there’s no site with the name www.amazon.com.au, now, is there? There wasn’t any such site the last time we checked – we peaked, we just ran a Google search for it and nothing turned up.
There’s no secret formula to any of this. We’re not in the business of promising that we can stop the aging process, give you back your hair, restoring your ability with the ladies or any of that other drivel. We aren’t the types that just take your money and leave you hanging – we have our reputation to think about and we are quite proud of it. So, we’re not going to harm our reputation with Amazon and Australia.
Strong AUD + Weak USD = Bigger Savings for Australians
Here’s another item you probably item that’s probably just dawning on you. The Australian dollar is incredibly strong, compared to the weaker U.S. dollar. Remember your basic public school economics theory. When a strong currency is able to shop in a country where there is a weaker currency, the country – in this case Amazon Australia – or customers within that country will be able to purchase more goods for the same amount of money. Just log into Amazon right now and see how much a consumer product such as an electronic camera costs in the U.S. and then do the conversion and see how much less it cost you when you shop directly at a site like shoppingaustralian.com. You will be surprised at how much your currency can buy when you work directly with us.
The benefits of buying from Amazon directly quickly show up in your wallet. For example, if you were to buy a 6 GB SD camera memory card that costs $11.66 on Amazon in the U.S., your cost would be $11.66 USD. To ensure that you paid the correct amount to Amazon, you would have to send 12.45 AUD. That’s the entire transaction. Now, we don’t now what middlemen may charge in Perth or Sydney, but let’s assume it is a standard 33 percent, after shipping charges have been added into the figure, of course – middlemen never pay shipping, you, the customer, does. This would mean the same memory module would cost (assuming a $15 shipping charge) you – allowing for the conversation rate – the memory module 30.79 AUD. By just directly from Amazon, you are saving 18.26 AUD. This is roughly a 600 percent savings because you are not paying the middleman, although you will be paying for shipping. Interestingly, the chances are, if you are shipping from a US address, you will find you will save money because middlemen aren’t charitable organizations and will add more than a little the bottom line of the object.
Amazon Australia is a very fertile ground for the smart entrepreneur. All it takes to start an Australian operation is a U.S. site that is dedicated to selling to the “land downunda.” Look at it from our point of view, the U.S. economy is still strong, however, if you have been watching Australia you may have noticed something important: as the U.S. economy advances, so does the “downunda” economy. People want the items that Amazon offers but buyers just don’t know where to find the bargains you find everyday here in the U.S. on Amazon.
Remember that Amazon’s competition in Australia are the local big box stores. And, yes the prices they charge are amazing for Australian dollars and competition. Now, imagine if you were able to shop directly on Amazon but from an American storefront. This is a key to our concept. Imagine being able to purchase an Amazon Kindle WiFi Version for $89 (USD) and have it shipped directly to your address without any markup. Indeed, if you are an entrepreneur you can put your own markup on the device and resell it through an Australian storefront or website. The choice is up to you.