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Johnny Hippocket Finds a Cheaper ThingaMeJiggit

Johnny Hippocket is a fairly average Australian who likes a bargain. He and his mates are fed up with the high costs of parts for their hobby in Australia when similar parts are advertised online in other parts of the world. We’ll follow Johnny’s journey as he buys his parts "cheaper" from overseas.

Johnny needed a new ThingaMeJiggit which sells in Australian stores for around A$180.00, but he has seen them online from Hong Kong at only US$85.00. Wow, that’s too good a bargain to miss.

First things first and Johnny needs to make sure he can’t get the ThingaMeJiggit in Australia for any cheaper, so Johnny gets in his car and visits two or three ThingaMeJiggit shops to check their prices.* Hidden Costs He did find one on special but it was still $140.00 which is well more than he can pay online from Hong Kong. How dare these Australian businesses try to rip him off. Why can’t the Australian stores sell to him at the same price as overseas stores? He’ll show them how importing should be done.

Johnny arrives home and telephones a couple of shops "just to make sure" he can’t get the ThingaMeJiggit locally for a good price. One shop offered A$130.00, but couldn’t go any lower. Definitely not good enough for Johnny Hippocket. * Hidden Costs

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One of the many things that Johnny never factors into his calculations is the cost of petrol and wear and tear on his car when he visited local stores "just to make sure" that he is getting a bargain online. Another is the amount of time Johnny has spent looking for the best possible price, but Johnny still thinks his time and research costs are well worth it because he is going to save about $100.00 isn’t he? Well no not at all. The first thing Johnny has forgotten is that a local store offered a better quality product for $130.00, but because this still seemed to be an aweful lot dearer than the online price, Johnny’s mind still compares the original retail price with the online price and tells him that he will be saving around $100.00. Johnny’s mind is subconsciously trying to justify the amount of time and effort that he has spent on his research. See the link below for what happens when Johnny takes the plunge and orders online.

Johnny Hippocket 2 - Johnny Encounters Exchange Rates, Fees and Freight

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Disclaimer! Johnny Hippocket is not a real person. To the best of our knowledge ThingaMeJiggits are not real products. Aspects of Johnny Hippocket’s personality may resemble real people, but any resemblance is not intentional.



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