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Consumerism

The past and future of retail

In one lunchtime walk yesterday, I saw both the past and future of retail. “As seen on TV.” Seriously, they still use this tagline to hook people in? Does it still work? It’s never the name-brand products which used this — always the slightly dodgy ones. I walked past this display twice, and saw nobody […]

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Consumerism transport

Myki machines always round prices up, to the next 10 cents

MX got to this before I blogged it. This issue is around Myki Pass (the equivalent fare to a Metcard Monthly/Yearly, but available for any number from 28 to 365 days). To calculate the Pass cost, you take the Myki Pass per day rate (eg zone 1 $4.02) and multiply by the number of days […]

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Consumerism

Dear retailers, when prices are 60% cheaper offshore, GST won’t save you

Tough talk from the retailers, who continue to demand GST be applied to all purchases. It’s rubbish of course. 10% GST is not why people are shopping online. Let’s take the example of my last Amazon UK order, which I placed when the AU dollar was at its height, about two weeks ago. Book: Neil […]