Another online vs retail comparison. Component cables for a Nintendo Wii, so I could plug it into the new TV.
Nintendo official product: $47.99 (JB Hifi and others). Around $41.00 online, from an Australian online seller.
Futuretronics clone product: $29.94 (Dick Smith).
Dick Smith also had the cables included in a “Wii Starter Kit” with some other stuff I didn’t need, for $39.94. I’m doubly glad I didn’t buy those, as they’ve now been recalled due to the remote charger overheating.
EBay clone product: $8.00 including postage.
I went for the latter, as I was not in a huge rush to get it. This is from an Australian seller, so my assumption would be that GST is being paid on it.
Note that this is an apples and oranges comparison. The product purchased is not identical, but the eBay offering has not been a disappointment… and given the price difference, I figured it was worth the risk.
Conclusion: it’s not just an offshore vs local thing, it’s also a question of retail vs etail, and of course Genuine name brand products vs no-name clone products.