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alan fear

Member Since 16 Jul 2007
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In Topic: Cost Of Equipment

20 April 2010 - 03:55 AM

In Australia we have a GST (goods and services tax) on everything. The rate started at 10% and has remained there. It does impact though, that $2000 new camera suddenly is $2200. Doesn't seem much, but buy that you-beaut lens @ $1500 and it's $1650. When it is added to everything it does make a big difference.

QUOTE (The Return of Chris @ Apr 16 2010, 02:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
European friends,

So, we may get a VAT here in the states. My observations on this site and others are that people in Europe often lament about the unfairly high price required to buy cameras, lenses, software, etc. due to VAT.

Can you help elaborate and study this situation a bit? Am I right to be nervous about this? Is it going to remove me from the new photo equipment market, make it more difficult to upgrade every 18 months or so? Should I buy new equipment now, or settle into the idea of being satisfied with what I've got?

Is it much ado about nothing?