I blame Stanley Gibbons UK for this, because they stupidly put the value of the purchase on the outside packaging.
All other auction houses sensibly put the value of purchase (copy of invoice / receipt of payment) inside the packaging, or do not put a customs declaration on the outside of the packaging with the value of purchase.
So SG should break Australia law as that is convenient for you?
The outer label has a "VALUE OF CONTENTS" box on the label that they need to fill in, and forging that label leaves SG open to prosecution.
I am sure they value your input. They are not "stupid" - they are acting within the law, as most except you, would expect them to do I'd guess.
As to "all" other overseas senders doing as you say, you clearly get a ton less inwards packages than I do. It is the law.
Write to your MP if you'd like it changed.
Do it with this clueless rabble, and they'll crank it up to 20% from 10%, and your problem will double.
The sooner our government wakes up that re-instating the $400 per person limit will solve their deficit issues at a keystroke, the better.
Any citizen that buys online from overseas, a $1000 camera, ipad, lap top computer, stamp or software etc presently pays zero GST or tax on that item.
The Australian Government makes ZERO on that sale.
Not the $100 they should, and therefore all retailers of those goods are going out of business. Stamp dealers included.
Electronic retailers like Harvey Norman not only collect the $100 GST on that camera, but they also employ staff, pay rent, and consume masses services here. All
of whom pay tax and fees to the Feds.
So that $1,000 ipad or Camera purchase might add $150 to the Australian economy, and adds zero
if you order it from 49th Street Camera in Manhattan.
How that makes any sense whatever to our economy sure beats me.
If I mail a stamp TO
the UK and write value Â£500 on the packet they clobber the receiver 20% VAT - or Â£100. To Scandinavia 25% in many cases.
Same in NZ, same in Canada, same in many places. You pay GST when you import valuable goods. Welcome to the real world.