I had a litter frustraction few days ago when I was buying a new handphone.
I had a model in mind and roughtly know its best price availabled from the Internet, then I approached a shop to ask how much were they selling, was told $750. OK, this is slightly higher than my expected price, consider the trouble of trevelling to another place, I decided to buy from the shop, after opening up and tested the set, I took out $750 from my wallet and pass it to the shop keeper.
That guy took out a calculator started to do some typing and told me that total price was $802. Then he told me, "Off course we need to pay GST to the government, that is not for me but for the government". Since I already opened the box to test and agreed, it was my fault for not asking "$750 include GST?". The point is few $10 is no big deal but felling like been cheated yet have to swallow in silence is really hard to accept.
Now, my questions are below:
1. Did I deserved it because I was not careful?
2. I am sure the shop keeper knew very well from the way I asked for the price that if he would have told me the total price was $802, I will definitely walk away from the shop, but kept it quiet so that he can close the deal - for sure I will never walk into that shop anymore in my life.
3. The receipt printed the shop GST registeration number, therefore it is rightful for them to collect GST, but can they keep quiet about GST for not saying "$750 before GST"?
Well! it is a $52 lesson, is not a big deal, but just want to air my frustration. in future I will definitely ask "Price include GST?"