Parallel imports are about to become easier under new Australian legislation. Importers buy genuine trademarked items overseas, where they’re a lot cheaper. Then they resell them here at a profit, but below the usual retail prices.
There’s good news. Consumer goods, including software, may become more reasonably priced here.
There’s bad news. Clients may begin to see some serious price competition. Especially if you’ve been operating behind a de facto trade barrier
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Peter Moon’s a technology lawyer with Cooper Mills. In the article, he says imported tech products can be much pricier here than in the US. Even when we allow for a poor exchange rate, and freight costs. Australians are often slugged for the privilege of living in the Great Southern Land.
But the latest changes to Australia’s intellectual property laws hold out hope of better deals. At least, if the operators of the planet’s dominant online retailing platforms play fair.