Over Christmas there was a lot of coverage in the media about overseas online retailers and the fact that they don’t have to pay Good and Services Tax (GST) on goods supplied to Australian customers. In response to perceived Australian Government inaction on this issue, domestic retailers Gerry Harvey, Myer et al. have threatened to take their retail operations offshore in order to avoid the GST and to achieve a ‘level playing field’.
At this juncture, we thought it was appropriate to tell you where we stand on the subject.
We’re an Australian business, we’re located in Australia (and always will be), we predominantly sell Australian books to Australian people, we support Australian authors, and we buy books from Australian publishers and distributors. Unlike Amazon, The Book Depository and other foreign online bookstores, Boomerang Books pays GST, employs Australians, pays Australian contractors, supports Australian charities, and contributes to the environment by being carbon neutral. Boomerang Books is a proud member of the Australian Made Retail Supporter program and proudly carries a distinctly Australian name.
We don’t believe that the GST situation is going to change any time soon. Australian consumers will continue to have access to products from overseas retailers who don’t pay GST – and we believe that’s a good thing. After all, we’re consumers too and we like to get a good deal ourselves!
In spite of the prices on offer overseas, we hope that you will consider shopping at an online bookstore that is proudly Australian, socially responsible and environmentally friendly. And paying GST.