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Sales Tax

Okay, I'm a member of customers_suck and I've been reading some of the archive entries.

There have been a few posts about customers complaining about sales tax. I think in the States, you have your retail price, and then sales tax is added on, but it can differ from state to state.

Big whoop.

Here, we pay GST on everything. And it's a fixed amount of 15%. Considering how expensive everything is here, adding 15% makes a huge difference.

Some people were trying to get the government to change it so some food items, like fruits and veggies would be tax exempt, but so far, no one seems to care enough to really push it.

You know what really annoys me? Here are various organisations like the Heart Foundation and whatever saying we all need to eat healthy and blah, blah, blah. But when healthy foods, like fruits and veggies, are so expensive ... I mean, lemons are at least $5.99 a kilo. To you Americans, that's about two pounds. With currency conversion, I think it's around $4.00 for two pounds. Yet you can buy a pack of potato chips for less than two bucks (if you go for the plain pack stuff).

A 2 litre bottle of milk - the cheapest brand is like $3. You can buy soda for about a dollar less. Okay, it's the generic brand and disgusting but still ...

I think they did a grocery comparison in the local media, calculating how much junk food could be bought for around $30 and healthy foods for the same price. You guessed it. You got more junk food items than healthy stuff. Maybe when you look at it from a different perspective, like how many the fruits and veggies will feed compared to the junk, but people don't think about it from that angle. They just see the price.

Okay, I'm complaining, but these things matter when you're on a tight budget.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 16th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
It's the same here the better the food the more expensive.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
I just don't get the logic.
Jan. 17th, 2016 06:04 am (UTC)
Here in Aus, the GST is 10%, and most fresh food items are exempt (including milk and bread).

But, yes, it is sad that healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food :(
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
I thought I read GST was going up to 15% over there, or it was proposed. I sub the Australian news stories.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
It's been proposed, but hasn't happened yet.
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