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Australians who visit these sites will be forced back to Amazon Australia's website. this is due to changes to the Online GST which will require companies to pay 10 per cent of GST on all online purchases shipped to Australia from overseas companies.

Just how the world's overseas online retail giants would react to Australia's new (and controversial) GST rules had since been confined to the realm of speculation. until now.

After that date, Aussie customers who attempt to visit the U.S. version of Amazon or any of Amazon's overseas sites will find themselves redirected to Amazon's Australian site, which offers a much smaller selection of items.

From 1 July, when Australia's new GST regulations kick in, Australian consumers shopping on Amazon worldwide sites will be redirected to the local Australian site.

Media reports said the other major online retailer, eBay, would not follow Amazon and apply the new tax in the interests of consumers purchasing goods from its website.

"We have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple worldwide sites", an Amazon spokesperson said. Most Australians have decried the Amazon.com.au store as being inferior to the U.S. store, with a considerably thinner product catalog and higher prices.

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Morrison doubted Amazon had difficulty with Australian taxes when it had the technology to cope with different tax regimes in Britain and Canada.

Labor's digital economy spokesman Ed Husic said the treasurer should have sat down with Amazon and other retailers earlier to talk through the changes.

Amazon is launching a global store accessible to Australian customers, where products from its retail site will be available.

For now, the GST change looks like a win for local businesses, which will have an easier time retaining shoppers while Amazon builds out its Australian inventory.

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities".

Ms. Wong, the visually impaired Amazon customer, said the company's main site offered products she just couldn't get from Australian retailers, including many created to help visually impaired people like her.


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