For the love of god, if anyone out there is Australian and pregnant or Australian with children, please do yourself a favor…I suppose it would be a favour…and do some shopping on amazon.com. You have no idea how overpriced baby things are in the country until you look at how cheap they are in the States. Take for example the Fisher Price Precious Planet Playmat. On sale at Bubs Baby Shop here in Australia for $149.95. Available on amazon.com for $53.99. That is a difference of $95.96! And considering the Aussie dollar is buying about $1.03 US dollars it is an even bigger difference…my baby brain can’t handle the exact math…or maths as they say here. Even if you pay $50.00 shipping you are still saving about $50.00. For the same product! I do not understand how Australian businesses are still in business! Why would you buy anything in a store when you can get it for one hundred dollars less online? Especially something like a playmat…it is not an instant gratification item…you have NINE MONTHS to buy it and get it delivered.
Anyway, to see which amazon.com vendors ship to Australia look at the right side of the page under the header More Buying Choices, click on where it says something like 5 new from $53.99 and that will take you to a page that lists all the sellers and all their information. You should be able to see who ships internationally and what their shipping rates are.
I think that amazon.co.uk also has vendors that ship to Australia too. So if you are happier with pounds then with dollars then there you go.
Of course when you are buying anything baby it is worth checking out the old standbys ebay.com.au, gumtree.com.au, Quick Sales, and my friend Mommy Z is a huge fan of freecycle.org which is a website where you can subscribe to different groups…like babies…and get emails from people giving away relevant items. And I mentioned it in another post but the Baby and Kids Market is fantastic for picking up cheap baby items too. And it is worth checking out good old Salvos and Lifecycle…you never know when you will hit it big! And read your junk mail to see when Big W and Woolies have your favorite baby products on special…and then stock up. I saw one genius mother to be at Woolies when they had Huggies on super special…she was heavily pregnant and had a whole shopping cart full of diapers of all different sizes. Buy when the buying is cheap!
Babies are expensive before they are born and then they just get more expensive after that so I am a fan of getting as much as I can for Baby C for free. Even if I won the lotto…and fingers crossed this will be happening any day now…I don’t think I would spend a lot on baby items…they get peed on, pooed on, drooled on, vomited on and then outgrown.
This has actually been a fairly tame rant about how overpriced everything in Australia is. Usually when I talk about this issue I get fairly heated. Maybe I am mellowing out…or maybe it is just because it is a hot Sunday afternoon here in Brisbane and I just can’t be bothered getting myself all worked up. But just so I feel like I got it off my chest, not only do Australians pay too much for everything, customer service here is often nonexistent and it blows my mind that many of the large retailers have only just started online shopping…tell Australia welcome to where the rest of the world was in 2000! Although it should be recognized that Myer has free shipping if you buy online. And being able to shop online at Woolies and have your groceries delivered can be a lifesaver when you have a little one at home. Baby steps, Australia, baby steps.