What Have You Found That Is Cheaper to Buy Overseas than Australia?

Curious about peoples bargain discoveries when browsing online or maybe travelling overseas (hopefully we can travel again soon).

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  • +6

    Laksa.

    • +1

      You forgot to mention Hookers

  • +3

    Food in Asia, food from the country of origin that is imported here

  • +1

    Maccas.

    Six cheapest (12 January 2021) This statistic shows the least expensive places to buy a Big Mac.[27]

    India – $1.62 (130.07 INR)
    Lebanon – $1.77 (15,500.00 LBP)
    Russia – $1.81 (135.00 RUB)
    Turkey – $2.01 (14.99 TRY)
    South Africa – $2.16 (33.50 ZAR)
    Ukraine – $2.20 (62.00 UAH)

    • +9

      In Thailand, burger kings advertise their beef burgers made with Australian beef 👍

      • In Hong Kong KFC serve chicken rice and all customers receive a pair of plastic gloves so no need to wash hands no need alcohol swaps

        • In UK eating in and takeaway at KFC are different price also

          Family Feast 6 pieces chicken(include smallFries, 2 Sides, 1.5 ltr Bottle coke)
          £14.99 bargain till your eyes water

          • +1

            @paloverde88: UK KFC is crap tho, nothing like here. Their chips are the worst

    • +6

      I believe in India Macca's doesn't serve beef, so Big Mac is made from Chicken.

      • It's not called a big Mac either. It's called a Maharaja Mac

  • +2

    Heaps of products made in Australia, are often cheaper to buy on literally the other side of the planet.

    • Can you share examples of some and the countries they're sold in?

      • +6

        You can buy Australian wines in China and Japan for 60% of what they are sold for here.

        • Japan tax on alcohol is negligible - I was buying 700ml bottles of Johnny Walker for less then $10 last time I was there

    • +19

      Fun fact, according to this site "literally the other side of the planet" is water
      https://www.geodatos.net/en/antipodes/australia
      .

      • +1

        You misunderstood what I meant by when I said literally.

        I literally meant literally, not literally literally.

      • +1

        The most fun in that fact is that Australia is so big yet neatly squeezes between Bermuda and the archipelago of the Azores.

  • +14

    Alcohol is a lot cheaper almost anywhere else in the world.

    • +10

      Don't visit Norway haha.

      • +1

        $18 for a beer, $20+ for a glass of wine, when In was there in 2017.

        • +2

          Yeah I was there in 14 & 16. On the last trip I filled the back of my Land Rover Discovery with crates of beer in Germany before crossing the border to Denmark. Thankfully they never checked my car at any of the borders.

          • +1

            @Mechz: When I was in Europe, Norway was the cheapest country I went to. Only because we bought all our food in Germany, slept in a tent all nights and visited free attractions. All we paid for was diesel, a couple toll roads, and some museums in Oslo. Switzerland was the second cheapest for the same reasons.

            I think the duty free limit when entering Norway is 3-4 cases of beer per 18+ person.

  • +9

    Small electronics from Aliexpress or similar.

    If I actually want within a week I'll buy it in Aus (for triple the cost) but otherwise I'll get bulk lots of miscellaneous parts shipped over in 6-8 weeks for cheap

  • Most of the stuff I want is from Japan or SEA…so everything.

  • +1

    Mechanical keyboard parts, IEMs… Everything's half the price on AliExpress. Some things are also only available on AliExpress

  • +6

    Lol cigarettes is the standout difference. $3 a pack vs $47 here.

    • +4

      $47 a pack. Seriously.

      Gods I'm glad I'm an ex smoker.

      • +6

        I was in a supermarket and a guy asked for 2 packs of cigs. The girls said $110 and with no reaction at all he handed her $110. I got half way through saying "what the …" and stopped.

        • I work casual at a supermarket and I have the same reaction whilst selling people cigarettes.
          Most people don’t even flinch.
          Weird

  • +1

    Diaso.

  • +5

    Motor vehicles… In Australia, $25k will get you a modest sized bottom of the range hatchback. In the USA, it will get you a top of the range 4 tonne 16litre V8 4x4 "pickup". (InB4: "nO iT wOnT!!1!"… I know, I'm exaggerating for the sake of dramatic effect.)

    • +1

      Lol. No it won't silly Billy

      • +1

        An example, a Hyundai Ionic Hybrid in the US is about AU$33,000. In Australia, it's about AU$45,000. Full electric, USA: AU$47,000. Aus: AU$54,000

        A Ram 1500 LE Laramie… USA: AU$82,000 Aus: AU$119,000

        • +1

          That makes sense. Cheers

        • +2

          Ram are converted in Australia, you're not paying for just the truck.

        • +1

          It’s worse with European cars. BMW 4 series sedan in Germany AU$60k, here AU $95k+. I also know that it’s cheaper to buy BMW outside of Germany in the EU so we are getting royally ripped off on European made cars. When I learnt this it made me consider whether it was ever worth buying a European made car in Australia given the price difference.

          Also as others have stated alcohol and cigarettes are massively expensive here. Alcohol is very cheap in Japan. About half the price for spirits.

        • No point in comparing. The steering wheel is on the wrong side.

          • @nswnotill: They're cheaper in the UK by a fair bit too if you want a closer comparison. Or at least they were before the whole Brexit mess combined with Covid to totally screw everyone.

        • Lower priced cars are similar prices in the US as in Australia. As the price goes up, so does the difference, in part due to Australia taxes.

          If you're simply comparing sticker prices you're missing a lot from the US price. Whilst Australia prices will generally include everything (as the law generally says they have to), in the US you'll have an extra 10-25% added on to the price for sales tax, delivery, and various other fees.

          Even if you're looking at 2nd hand cars, in most states in the US you'll have sales tax every time the car is sold - even for a private sale!

          • @froberts2:

            in most states in the US you'll have sales tax every time the car is sold - even for a private sale

            There are other costs here too, at least in WA. We pay a transfer duty of 2.75%.

        • Doesn't matter that they have to ship it an extra hemisphere away, right?

        • We also get paid more on average than the US too so there’s an inflation not being included in the price conversion

    • +1

      If we drove on the same side of the road we'd be so much better off. Stupid Brits.

      • +1

        I think we’re better off, I’d rather be on Japans side.

        • Plenty of Japanese cars in the USA.

    • +2

      Ford Mustang
      Starting price in US is $27k.
      Starting price here is $56k

      • +2

        US$27K, so around A$37K. Plus tax, delivery, etc, etc that's going to add an extra 10-20% to the US price.

        And that's for a 2.3L model that best I can see isn't sold in Australia.

    • +2

      Don't go to Singapore then.

  • +4

    Music subscriptions

    Ex:
    Apple Music Family
    India - $2.75 - Rs. 149/month
    Aus - $17.99/month

    • And video/sports streaming services.

      • +3

        Cheaper

        Ex: Amazon Prime Video
        In Aus - $6.99/month
        India - Rs. 999 = $18.5 for 1 year

        • Does Netflix subscription count?

        • it is geo-locked, isn't it?

          • +1

            @alterego13: I don't think so. Some of my friends they purchased subscription from India and it worked in Australia.

            Netflix Premium Price
            Aus - $19.99/month
            India - $14.76/month = Rs. 799

            There is also a mobile plan in India for Rs.199 = $3.68/month to use only on mobile or tablet. Not available in Australia.

            I think that's the best for a single person. They can easily cast on TV using mobile phones for cheap.

            • @piyushbhatia10: Sorry, I meant the Amazon Prime being geo-locked.
              I am aware about netflix, using Turkey gift cards here ;)

              • +1

                @alterego13: Amazon is not geo-locked.

                A friend of mine took subscription in India, went to US and used it there and shared details with me as well and I could use in Australia.

                • @piyushbhatia10: Thanks, I might try that. Does it work with shopping too? Or just video?

                  • +1

                    @alterego13: Just video.

                    I tried to use for shopping but it asked me to create a separate prime account for free delivery.

  • +3

    houses

    • +2

      Big market for Australian houses overseas?

      • +7

        Yes, lots of overseas people want to buy Australian houses ; )

        • +1

          Houses is cheap here compared to some big cities in asia

        • Yes, lots of overseas people want to buy Australian houses

          Any correlation to this

          Free shipping with prime?

  • +1

    Cars. That’s why I decided to import my own instead of paying the silly prices here.

  • +1

    I can get a few skateboards cheaper shipped from overseas than it is to buy locally.

  • Try buying a pack of Tim Tams from overseas lol

    • +1

      About US$2.50 a pack at my local Target here in the US…

      • What about Double Coated you pleb

  • +5

    Hookers, cocaine, beer

    • +3

      Username checks out.

  • +3

    OTC medication from south east Asia . Eg 75mg generic voltaren for $2 for 10 tabs (travelling - I went back for more omg no script required). Seemed fairly legit ie most expensive shopping mall in Malaysia.

  • +3

    European car parts , I have a old Mercedes and a Volvo genuine spare parts are often 50% plus cheaper even after shipping .

    • Pretty much all car parts. Cheaper in Japan, EU and USA

      • HR15DE 100,000 km parts here 1500 bucks and can't even get all of them, from Nissan Japan 400.

        Also had an electronic key replaces from Nissan Japan fob was 80 bucks programming was 100.. here God knows how much

    • Not just European. Toyota headlights $900 each. $200 each from the UK, also RHD. Cheaper from the US, but LHD, so unsuitable.

  • +1

    Toiletries.

    I am missing my trips to Bali - when there I would stock up on Sensodyne toothpaste at $2-3 a tube.

    Roll on deodorant was also super cheap - maybe $1.

  • +1

    Pack of cigarettes.

    • No matter where you live in the world the ultimate price you pay for those is the same.

      • +1

        lung cancer?

  • +1

    everything

  • +1

    Cheaper for me to buy a set of EBC brakepads from the UK with Shipping, then it is for me to go to the local shop and get them to order them.

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