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On 11/14/2021 at 5:56 PM, Dead1 said:

Records are almost universally over AUD$50

In another thread, I said "I doubt I could thrive in Oz" this is a great example as to why. I am trying to open my own record store, I cannot deal with $37US for a record, unless it is a Nokturnal Mortum one that I am importing from Osmose. That's just obscene.

Your guys COL is way too high there. Granted you probably make more money than we do for doing the same jobs & have national healthcare as far as I know, but seriously now...

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3 hours ago, NokturnalBoredom said:

In another thread, I said "I doubt I could thrive in Oz" this is a great example as to why. I am trying to open my own record store, I cannot deal with $37US for a record, unless it is a Nokturnal Mortum one that I am importing from Osmose. That's just obscene.

Your guys COL is way too high there. Granted you probably make more money than we do for doing the same jobs & have national healthcare as far as I know, but seriously now...



Actually a lot of stuff Australia is overpriced and the marginally median higher incomes don't really make up for it  

Australian retailers price gouge, hence we buy a lot of stuff online where possible.  I've literally found it cheaper to import things  from NZ or UK than buy local.



Literally there is little or no competition and the government actively promotes that but then doesn't subsidise/limit prices.



And basic necessities are getting more and more expensive whilst wages have been largely stagnant since 2008.


Median house price is now US$720,000 yet median income is $34,735 (under $30,000 for women).  US is $31,112 so not a great difference (this is where purchasing power parity kicks in).  Median rental is close to US$362 a week ($9,412 per annum) but cheaper than US.  Homelessness is increasing

Modern houses are garbage - I just brought one that's 7 years old and it's literally falling apart - floor tiles, all electricals including power switches, fittings, crumbling concrete, the render.


Petrol is $5.19 per gallon though where I live it's $5.92 and rising every week,    US median is $3.76 per gallon

Things like education are very poor - Australia's functional illiteracy rate is 40-% and over 50% where I live.  Yet education is getting more and more expensive.



Australian internet costs are average compared to rest of OECD but it's the 4th slowest internet in the OECD which means it's price is too expensive.  No plans to fix this - government funded a National Broadband Network that still relied on copper cables for part of the delivery!


We still have some subsidised health including hospitals but it's declining - as mentioned my family paid out $3000+ and only got $133 in government subsidies.


A lot of stuff is hidden - eg unemployment is low but underemployment is massive and rising as working as low as 1 hour of paid work makes you employed..  They don't count people who are in employment but working 0 hours due to COVID or business stress.


Oh and this one - Australia is the biggest producer of natural gas on the planet YET gas prices are hideously high and there are increasing shortages!  Yay for free trade.



US GDP purchasing power parity per capita is $63,000 whereas Australia is not even $49,000.  So Australians can buy a lot less with their money than Americans.




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