07 August, 2014


Spring Hill, Brisbane

The disparity between the prices for genuine Sony camera batteries and their third-party equivalents is breathtaking.

I don't begrudge a company their profits, but when it seems that they are gouging, then they shouldn't complain when their customers go elsewhere. The prices for one (1) battery for a Sony NEX-7 camera, from various sources look like this:

A genuine Sony battery RRP in Australia: AUS$99.00 (US$92.56)
A genuine Sony battery RRP in the US: US$79.99 (AUS$85.57)
A genuine Sony battery through US Amazon (exc delivery): US$49.95 (AUS$53.39)
A genuine Sony battery from an authorised re-seller in Australia: AUS$82.00 (US$76.65)
A third-party battery in Australia from the same re-seller: AUS$48.00 (US$44.86)
A third-party battery in the US (through the Internet, exc delivery): US$13.99 (AUS$14.97)

Australian companies are complaining to the government about the business they're losing to international Internet sales. They seem to attribute their troubles to the lack of sales tax on those overseas Internet sales. The Australian sales tax (GST) on the third-party battery purchased through the Internet would be AUS$1.50. (It appears to me that the paperwork in assessing the tax and collecting it would be close to the amount collected in any case.)

Just a few notes: The third-party battery from the US (Wasabi batteries from Blue Nook) is a brand that I've used and have found to be of consistently high quality. The third-party battery sold by a Sony re-seller here in Brisbane isn't a brand that I've used, but the re-seller claims is of high quality. The prices in parenthesis are the conversions on 7 August 2014

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