Amelia Wade is a court reporter for the New Zealand Herald

Dedicated online shopper wouldn't let tax deter her

Esther Greatbanks buys most things online. Photo / Richard Robinson
Esther Greatbanks buys most things online. Photo / Richard Robinson

If GST was added to items bought on the internet, it wouldn't stop Esther Greatbanks from shopping online.

The 25-year-old said she bought online not only because it was cheaper, but for variety and convenience.

"Adding GST might affect the individual items I buy. I'd just think about the price being a little bit more expensive.

"I wouldn't be more likely to go shopping in a mall or anything.

"I'd probably just have to buy things online that have a cheaper original price."

The account manager at Bright Sparks Promotional Marketing said she thought it would be fair to add a GST charge even if it meant her purchases were a bit more expensive.

"But it might be annoying, depending on how they implemented it - would it automatically be added on and I don't have to worry about it? Or would I have to fill out a form and muck around?"

Ms Greatbanks, who has been shopping on the internet for about five years, said 80 per cent of her wardrobe was bought online and she has a package arrive once a month or more.

"I started just getting a little bit, but now I get almost everything."

- NZ Herald

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