blog Want to buy one of Microsoft’s new Surface Pros in Australia? Well, as we covered a couple of weeks ago, you’re out of luck, as Microsoft isn’t shipping them locally yet. But you may not know quite how out of luck you truly are: It’s probably not even worth ordering one from overseas through the usual avenues, according to PCWorld Australia. The publication details the convoluted details of tax regulations for Surface Pro importing (we recommend you click here for the full details):
“It sounds good in theory, but a sticking point is the Government’s $1000 GST threshold. What this means is that if you’ve got a package being sent internationally, coming through Customs, it has to be under $1000 in overall value — otherwise Customs will impose a 10 per-cent GST charge on the item’s value plus postage and insurance”
The ongoing debacle around Surface availability in Australia really just have the feeling of a bad joke at this point. Microsoft really hasn’t gotten its act together with the Surface; and one has the feeling that this bodes badly for Windows 8 tablets in general, given that the Surface is pretty much the poster child for Windows 8 in a tablet form factor at this point.
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