24th July 2004, 07:12 PM
GST damn expensive
5% of any camera/lens can be quite significant ;~(
sulk.. i guess i'm just ranting...
Anyone know which shop quote with GST inclusive for Canon products?
24th July 2004, 11:59 PM
It is true. 5% adds up quite a lot. Recently bought the 70-200 2.8 IS and 5% of it, is abt $150...
25th July 2004, 02:55 AM
be happy that singapore's gst is among the lowest in the world
25th July 2004, 03:11 AM
10% GST in Aussie...... rant on......
Originally Posted by sinlg
25th July 2004, 07:27 AM
I think UK is lagi higher, at 17.5%?
25th July 2004, 07:41 AM
25th July 2004, 08:19 AM
Originally Posted by Amfibius
Agreed with u. So there's no perfect country.
25th July 2004, 10:16 PM
Yes, you are correct. 17.5% can die! Singapore isn't bad by comparison already. I was slapped with a 70 pounds charge (import duty + VAT) on a lens I bought through the internet from the States once and I was luckily able to escape a 100+ pounds charge on a camera purchase another time.
Originally Posted by jumbocrab
25th July 2004, 10:26 PM
Its a matter of time before Singapore's GST meet western standard. Every where you go, you need to pay and pay (***) .
27th July 2004, 04:09 PM
in those countries with high taxes and GST, there usually come with some form of social benefit.... so end of day its like a means for the government to help and redistribute income, mainly from middle income to lower income..... ,
what I am afraid is for our country, the taxes (both direct and indirect) increases and social benefit/welfare decreases..... then life will be miserable....
For me I am complaining on GST pertaining to child related expenses....
for equipment its once off so dun feel the pinch its the recurrent one that hurts....
Child care $17.5 per month....
Milk Powder $10.00
Other Child related product ard $20.00
Total abt $60.00 per month, these excludes GST on utilites, H/P Telecom, insurance, and others......
(hmm.. if they could exclude at least GST on the child related one, that would be great........, dreaming of some wonderful package to be announce in relation to the procreation plan......)
27th July 2004, 06:53 PM
Children products (clothes, etc) are exempted from VAT in the UK. Not sure if I'm correct, but I think daily necessities like rice isn't subjected to GST? (feel free to correct, cos I'm not too sure if I'm correct..)