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Old 15-02-2018, 04:53 PM
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Do you think we get ripped off on price???

Well, if this isn't a rip off, I don't know what is...

I looked at some spark plugs online.

I've always used NGK, but just the standard type.

Anyway, I had a look at Supercheap and saw they now offer the Iridium IX NGK at $25.75 EACH...

Rock Auto will deliver a set of 8 to my door for $68 AU.
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Old 15-02-2018, 05:07 PM
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we sure do Chris, I buy a lot of small stuff like that on my trips to the US and throw it in my luggage. I save a bomb
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Old 15-02-2018, 07:32 PM
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Bonne,
You lucky b******! Only $24 for NGK Iridiums.

I got quoted $32 at a shop in Sydney they give me a discount!

Soooooooo, I thought I will get them from Summit, under $9 ea. Guy at Summit was totalling up the price, when a flag flashed on his screen: cannot sell outside USA. [ Did I hear somebody mention Free Trade...]

So these NGK bastards are free to rip us off. If these are for your Pontiac & you have the early heads that have 3/8" reach plugs with a washer, the Autolite XP 5503 is a good plug. I paid about $12-15 ea for these a few years ago & they have not missed a beat in my GTO. These are actually 3/4" reach, better selection of plugs in this length. I just use 3/8"steel spacers with them. If you using electronic ign remember to increase the plug gap 10-20 thou to get the benefit from these plugs. I run 0.080" plug gaps, mate with a LeMans & 11.3:1 CR that drag races uses 0.070" gap, both using HEI.

We are just ripped off so much in this country, especially in this hobby. most Aussies just seem to cop it, don't do anything. Not me.

When I ordered a set of heads from the US [ & paid the supplier in the US for the freight ], I got a bill, & a list of charges on an A4 sheet of paper, from the freight company in Sydney for nearly $500. They even wanted to charge me $60 to deliver them from Mascot to my home [ about a 25 min drive ] & also wanted to charge me a fuel surcharge!

I paid the money, then lodged a complaint with the Dept of Fair Trading. Some of the charges were bordering on fraudulent such as $25 for 'Postage & Petties'. Nothing was posted, all was done by phone/email. I thought I might get a phone call because if I was this company, I wouldn't want these rubbery numbers being shown in a court. Sure enough, the day before the hearing I got a ph call from the corporate lawyer. They would pay me the $500 if I dropped the case, which I did & I got my $500.

I have recently contacted my local Federal MP who is in the Turnbull govt. Have asked him why hasn't the govt done something about the outrageous international transaction fees that we get charged by credit card companies. It should be a small fee, fixed, & not proportional to the cost of the goods. If it is a business, the cost gets passed onto all of us with higher prices.

So guys don't get on forums like these & whinge, whinge to some one who can change things for the better.
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Old 15-02-2018, 08:14 PM
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Bonne,
You lucky b******! Only $24 for NGK Iridiums.

I got quoted $32 at a shop in Sydney they give me a discount!

Soooooooo, I thought I will get them from Summit, under $9 ea. Guy at Summit was totalling up the price, when a flag flashed on his screen: cannot sell outside USA. [ Did I hear somebody mention Free Trade...]

So these NGK bastards are free to rip us off. If these are for your Pontiac & you have the early heads that have 3/8" reach plugs with a washer, the Autolite XP 5503 is a good plug. I paid about $12-15 ea for these a few years ago & they have not missed a beat in my GTO. These are actually 3/4" reach, better selection of plugs in this length. I just use 3/8"steel spacers with them. If you using electronic ign remember to increase the plug gap 10-20 thou to get the benefit from these plugs. I run 0.080" plug gaps, mate with a LeMans & 11.3:1 CR that drag races uses 0.070" gap, both using HEI.

We are just ripped off so much in this country, especially in this hobby. most Aussies just seem to cop it, don't do anything. Not me.

When I ordered a set of heads from the US [ & paid the supplier in the US for the freight ], I got a bill, & a list of charges on an A4 sheet of paper, from the freight company in Sydney for nearly $500. They even wanted to charge me $60 to deliver them from Mascot to my home [ about a 25 min drive ] & also wanted to charge me a fuel surcharge!

I paid the money, then lodged a complaint with the Dept of Fair Trading. Some of the charges were bordering on fraudulent such as $25 for 'Postage & Petties'. Nothing was posted, all was done by phone/email. I thought I might get a phone call because if I was this company, I wouldn't want these rubbery numbers being shown in a court. Sure enough, the day before the hearing I got a ph call from the corporate lawyer. They would pay me the $500 if I dropped the case, which I did & I got my $500.

I have recently contacted my local Federal MP who is in the Turnbull govt. Have asked him why hasn't the govt done something about the outrageous international transaction fees that we get charged by credit card companies. It should be a small fee, fixed, & not proportional to the cost of the goods. If it is a business, the cost gets passed onto all of us with higher prices.

So guys don't get on forums like these & whinge, whinge to some one who can change things for the better.
Cheers.
Geoff, these are for the 455 in my barge, so tapered seat, I also have a HEI. BTW, Rock Auto also have a tune up kit, which includes the Iridium plugs, HEI cap/rotor and leads for $156 AU delivered to my door...
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Old 15-02-2018, 09:10 PM
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For the most part it's hard to beat the US, but I have been finding stuff to be very well priced at VPW of late if you take advantage of their eBay discounts. The added bonus is that my credit card classifies them as a grocery store, so it looks like I'm looking after the family.
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Old 15-02-2018, 09:36 PM
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I just bought the tune up kit...
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VPW ain't bad, I buy there if in a hurry or hate Summit delivery fees. For immediate need now stuff. Eagle. I can drive there in 30 mins
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Old 16-02-2018, 08:38 AM
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So, I ordered the tune up kit from Rock Auto last night at 10.15pm. I just received an email at 9.25am. The order has been shipped...
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If a seller could sell it cheaper to beat the competition I'm pretty sure they would.

The retailer needs to double what he pays to stay in business and that's double the price of the product, import tax, freight to store, etc.

Import tax is where we get stung, if an Aus. company produces a similar product, the higher the tax and I recall talk of how the govt. was going to tax online sales to keep local retailers in business.

The govt. don't care about availability either, let's say you want a style of shoe that's not available in Aus., their logic is you can still buy shoes in Aus. I'm sure if no Aus. spark plug fits your car they'll expect you to choose a more popular local car or suffer the price difference.

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Old 16-02-2018, 09:24 AM
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taxes

Current range of hidden taxes is killing specialist suppliers..... just "Supplier Code" charges alone.. the AQIS mandatory charge.... and Aust. Customs entry charge....add now a standard couple of hundred on any commercial house airway bill ..and each bill must be handled and entered separately.
If a sea loading for instance..say just a pallet of .... who cares.... Bra's... consider about $800 worth of charges to be laid on before the actual freight charge... or GST which is compounded by duty. IF you happen to have say 3 different suppliers of bra's in that pallet...... then you cop three lots of full charges..plus more work for the exporter.. with more and more suppliers now requiring an SLI breakdown or origin & tariff codes to be in place before shipping will be accepted.
Come June 18, apparently its going to be worse for individuals with even low dollar items.. where the supplier will need to collect tax in conjunction with the freighter.. before it's shipped out or posted etc...
That's happening in countries around the world now already..... the Aust gov is useless and playing catch up.
Mind you .. prepare for a predictable huge amount of "SPIN" coming out of media circles supporting this as some type of SUPPORT for Equal Trading with local business's.. and "thats why we are doing it.. to support local retailers".. or Bull**** alone these lines.

Just like the real Asbestos cost to each car owner now.... who really benefits? ...like the NSW governments recent "RETURN AND EARN" bottle/can recycle tax rip off... "JUST FOLLOW the money.. ".
As a poster just said. .. complain to your local member.. who mind you does not give a rats either but will pretend to if told to by the party........but attack them first.
Remember too.. that your freight charge.. even inside the USA when shipped to a port.. AND the Suppliers oversea's documentation fee's.. are taxable as part of the total landed cost of a product.
Welcome to this new world of supply & taxes.

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