• What I like about Australia

    I have decided to try coming up with at least one thing a week about what I like about Australia to balance out all the many negatives.

    The first thing I must say I like is that taxes (or as the locals say, GST) is already included in the price of things so the guesswork is taken out.  If I go into the store, you can pretty much expect to pay what it says on the price tag.  I say pretty much expect because Australia doesn’t have one cent pennies but yet stores still advertize things to be $1.98 when in actuality, it would be rounded to $2.00 unless you’re paying by credit card and you would actually pay just $1.98.  It’s a bit confusing, and I still don’t get the reason why but I digress.

    I love going to the store and knowing what I’m going to pay rather than having to calculate an additional 3-7% tax (NJ had some strange tax percentages depending on where you shopped).  Since we’re going shopping for major items like TVs and so forth, it’s nice to know that we don’t have to calculate tax on top of it all.  If the plasma is listed as $2085, then it’s $2085 and that’s what we have to come up with.  That’s pretty cool.  Now we just have to figure out how to come up with $2085 for a freaking plasma TV.

    Categories: Inspiration

    2 thoughts on “What I like about Australia

    • Tors says:

      Because pennies only exist electronically nowadays.

      And I really like this aspect too! 🙂

    • Y says:

      Why is that? I was told they did away with them because they cost too much to make or something like that. I just don’t get why stores just don’t price things evenly then like 1.95 instead of 1.98. Pennies still need to exist electronically I imagine due to interest and so forth but the stores could be a bit more helpful.

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