Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
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Yeahn that is harsh. What do you think is the main reason for the hige mark up? Shipping costs? Government import fees? Combo of both? Seems like the last option is what drives it up so much. Regardless that is lame.
Do you have any home grown manufacturers who's prices are more in line? Of course if NS and Burton boards are going for such a high premium, then you'd be smart to get at least near that price and a huge profit margin.
There are a few local manufacturers (check out candleman snowboards) but there prices are indicative of small scale manufacture and roughly the same price as the big internationals.
I think the prices are a combination of shipping, import taxes and government service tax (12.5%). Sure sucks though when you can see the northern hemisphere getting their stuff for half of what we're paying, plus the manufacturers have trade locks on stuff (I can't buy Burton off of trusnow) so that you have to buy local.
Even the locals here have trade locks on each other (aus vs NZ), take Greg from bwmsnow, if you look at his site from a NZ server you can see he's selling neversummer, but if you look at his site from an Aussie server its all magically disappeared, because cherricherripowpow has never summer locked down in Aussie .....where you can buy a heritage for $850 or an Evo for $780 aud. That's $775 and $720 usd.....
Awesome....might as well have three for that price....
Never Summer SL153 & Atomic Hatchet 159