Friday, January 07, 2011

Gerry Harvey, Ripoff

Mr Harvey is the owner of a department store chain here in Australia called "Harvey Norman".  Currently goods purchased online from overseas websites which are worth less than $1000 are exempt from our Goods and Services Tax (GST).   Mr Harvey, along with at least two other billionaires, has started a campaign in Australia against online purchases, saying that people who buy goods online are "un-Australian", and that the GST should be applied to all items under $1000.  Harvey Norman, along with the other businesses complaining are at the more expensive (and some would say over-priced) end of the retail market.  Even with the addition of the 10%, the price of items online is still significantly cheaper than in these stores. 
It would be safe to say he has completely misread the Australian public, and there has been a massive public backlash.  If you are interested you can read about it here and here.


Anonymous said...

my hubby works for harvey's stores out here in Ireland. harvey is a wanker and does everything in his power to make sure the employees get paid dick.

Misslyds said...

I'm not surprised - the only person Gerry cares about is Gerry.

The Aussie Battler said...

Gerry Harvey, now featured on the Aussie Store Ripoff Blog!