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Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:32 am
by aardvark_admin
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Will any major Sino etailers actually comply with the NZ Government's demands that they collect GST as of next month?

Even if they do add it to your bill, will they actually send it back to the IRD or will they just see it as a great way to boost their margins?

And what (if any) geek gifts are their for putting under the tree this Christmas?

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:25 am
by GSVNoFixedAbode
For around $NZ500 you can get a 3D printer and then things start to become fun again. Also ties in with the RC hobby - with parts and full model builds available. Or even break into software like Blender or Fusion360 (or tinkercad to start with).

FDM printing with filament for the larger parts (Anycubic Mega is a good one to start with) or if you want to focus on the very small and finely detailed then one of the resin printers such as the Photon or Elegoo for SLA/DLP printing.

I've had loads of fun (and learnt heaps) with an Anycubic over the last wee while - huh, coming up 2 years now! Resin not quite so appealing as it has more ventilation requirements and is more messy to finish.

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:12 am
by phill
https://promo.blackview.hk/thermal-imag ... o/?lang=en

mobiles now have flir ir cams and 48 mega pix standard cams
unfortunately this edition only uses flir lepton 2.5 @ 80 x 60
but its suppose to be a straight unplug / plug socket swap with the 3 series ( 160 x 120 )

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:18 pm
by paulw
Not sure if you're aware of this but Amazon UK, JP and most of Europe have blocked shipping of items to NZ addressees due to the new GST legislation. So far Amazon Us is still sending to NZ.
Geekzone thread. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?f ... cid=261311 Guess if you want an item like a CD or DVD from the UK you will have to use a reshipper like YouShop UK and pay VAT , NZ GST and shipping.

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:20 pm
by phill
im not 100% sure
but
aliexpress seems to collect gst for the aussie buyers

perhaps in a few days we could start a forum for lists of
a/ collectors
b/ non collectors

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:30 pm
by Perry
Maybe a step backwards [in time, gift-choice-wise] would be a step forwards, this Yuletide?

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:24 am
by aardvark_admin
Perry wrote:Maybe a step backwards [in time, gift-choice-wise] would be a step forwards, this Yuletide?

Beach-balls, socks, hand-knitted jerseys and cap-guns. YESSSSSSS!!

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:29 pm
by Necrotic Kingdom
[quote=https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/gst-on-online-shopping]Overseas retailers will be tasked with collecting the tax at the point of sale if they earn more than $60,000 a year from New Zealand shoppers. If a retailer doesn’t meet this threshold and you order less than $1001 of goods from it, you won’t pay any GST.[/quote]

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:44 pm
by aardvark_admin


So how's the IRD going to know which overseas companies sell more than $60K worth to Kiwis? If this is done solely on an honesty basis, what company in their right mind would put their hand up and make themselves 15% less competitive than others in their marketspace when there's no legal, moral or other obligation to do so?

Me thinks the NZ government is suffering from delusions of grandure!

Re: Geek gift time again (22 Nov, 2019)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:37 pm
by Necrotic Kingdom
aardvark_admin wrote:what company in their right mind would put their hand up and make themselves 15% less competitive than others in their marketspace when there's no legal, moral or other obligation to do so?
None that I can imagine, yet this is what the evidence suggests is happening. So presumably there is some obligation that I am unaware of.