Looks like the days of Australians getting something close to a decent deal on goods are coming to an end. The government has just announced today (on Boxing Day, naturally) that they're going to look at removing the $1000 GST-free "loophole" to "help" local retailers to "compete" with online sales:
Basically it means we the consumers get screwed over (yet again) simply because retailers are unwilling to be competitive and stop gouging us upwards of 50% more than our foreign cousins in the US and UK.
The sticking point is that they don't yet have a way of collecting the GST without it costing more to collect than the revenue it would generate in the first place. So guess what. My bet is that it'll be US who have to pay for collecting it. In other words a $20 USD DVD would cost roughly $25 AUD at the current exchange rate + the cost of shipping + 10% on the total + the cost of collecting the GST (which could be anywhere from $5-30 or more). So suddenly that $20USD DVD ends up costing something like $40-50 AUD.