ThePhil wrote:The duty and warranties is definately a Government not business thing.
Trek=newer, better model, but just ask them how they feel about not having the $1,000 overseas threshold, when their o/s competitors do.
Warranty is set but business beyond the minimum legal requirements, most do this as the minimum does not limit their liability enough.
While duties are government set they were out scope of that element of the discussion. Now That you have raised it you argument does not make sence as regarless of weather the sale originates from a O/S dealer or Australian the will have importers duties attached. If from the UK then it's been imposed by their government and in Australia by ours. As they both charge similar amounts this would not effect the cost charged by the LBS.
Funny enough I have a fried who works for Trek in Canberra. They are not particularly fussed by the limit as they don't sell to retailers who do online. They also restrict their retailers from selling on line. Due to thier structure the are able to have comparable prices.