Amazon US Re-Opens Site to Australians After Backlash
Amazon.com is now allowing Australian shoppers to use its US site again after receiving considerable backlash that may have tarnished the e-commerce giant’s launch in the region.
Amazon initially blocked Australians from the site due to the country’s tax laws which applied a 10 percent tax on imported online goods worth less than A$1,000 ($726). However, it was noted that rival eBay was able to resolve the issue without having to lock out Australian customers from their US site.
Amazon said that after listening to customer feedback, they built a “complex infrastructure needed to enable exports of low-value goods to Australia and remain compliant with (Australian) laws”.