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Old 08-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Yapyap View Post
Hmm, I wonder if ebooks are somehow in a different category?

Out of curiosity, do Australians pay the base price on self-published books costing $0.99, $2.99 etc on Amazon or are those prices slightly higher for you? (I'm taking self-published books as an example here as trad-pubbed books can and do cost different amounts for people in different countries due to the publisher setting different prices, so any price differences between, say, US and European/Australian/etc prices can't be automatically considered to be just taxes.)
No, eBooks are not in a separate category, it applies - by Federal law - to all purchases. One of the reasons is that it is simply too difficult to enforce collection on small amounts; the cost to the government would be higher than the gain. As for pricing, yes we do pay a premium, something that applies to purchases from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft etc. This is currently also something that is being examined by a government board. These companies have been asked to show cause as to why they charge more.
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