It has been a very difficult decision, however due to a number of factors we have
decided to curtail importing Aoyue products for the foreseeable future
Due to the fact that Aoyue are changing their range of products it would mean that
all new models we import would have to get the ANZ C tick electrical approval to
comply with Australian regulations
Seeing the cost of this can be between $500 to $2500 per model we have therefore
decided that because of the very small (& declining) market here in Australia for
soldering products it's just not worth the cost of getting electrical approvals on
new models, this would therefore make our equipment even less competitive.
have to pay 5% import duty & 10% GST on all stock imported & that's not including
shipping, local custom/port charges & transport from Brisbane docks to our company
here in Hervey Bay (over 300 km’s by road)
On average we have to put at least 25 to 30% markup onto the cost price just to cover
import & freight charges & that's not including any approval costs incurred of which
could add another 15-30% (subject to model & numbers sold) Therefore there is no
way we can now compete with the likes of eBay which is a shame.
Aoyue have a minimum price of which dealers should sell their equipment, however
overseas dealers don’t seem to be abiding to these rules & are selling products at
nearly cost price
Ironically because all Aoyue models have the CE approval mark (strict
European approval) they can be sold in nearly every country in the world except Australia
& New Zealand!!!
Maybe if (or when) Australia decides to adopt the worldwide electrical approval standards
it would then allow small companies like ours to at least try & make a living!!
The recent increases in shipping charges from Auspost hasn’t helped either, It
now costs us a minimum of $6.60 just to post a small item such as a $10 heater element
& a re-work station can cost a minimum of $25 to post!!!
The government say's support Austrian businesses, however they don't make it very
easy for a small business like ours!!
Please be assured that Ludatronics will not
cease trading & will be diversifying into other projects
We will still be supporting & supplying Aoyue spares for the foreseeable future.
Sorry for the bad news
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