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June 02, 2018 — BarryK

A few days ago, I impulsively placed an order with Amazon for three more books on OpenEmbedded and Yocto.

I already have two books, one of which is a light overview and I donated that to the local library. OE/Yocto is very complicated, and I want to move a bit further up the learning curve. Online docs are not enough for me.

After placing the order, I read this:

Australians have enjoyed import-duty-free purchases under AU$1,000 for many years. A long time ago, there used to be import duty, now it is coming back.

July 1, 2018, 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax) will be applied to imported goods. Apparently, Amazon USA has a problem with complying, so will redirect Aussies to -- unfortunately, the local site has far less on offer.

However, I searched and found the same books that I had ordered from the USA, and slightly cheaper. For example:

...odd, they give the UK distributor as the default supplier (AU$71.29), whereas it is available cheaper from Amazon AU (AU$63.79). Price works out about the same as USA, except it is cheaper as postage from Amazon AU is free.

Anyway, if you want to buy from, you have until the end of the month!

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