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OT - Australian-owned

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by hornet, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. When you shop, do the labels



    Australian ingredients.....

    influence your buying choices more than price?

    I'm a big fan of Golden Circle food products, and the fact that they are Australian owned and manufactured certainly has be buying them by preference; I honestly couldn't tell you whether competitive products from other companies cost less or more. Likewise with D I C K (it's his name, you stupid filter!) Smith products......

    Just curious, and not trying to start another xenophobic argument.....
  2. I'm a big fan of buying Australian gear.

    If the product is of equal or better quality, and is well priced I'll buy it every time.

    However, if an offshore alternative is better quality, or much cheaper, then I'm afraid that's what I'll be buying.
  3. yep do the same when the budget allows it... pity the Aussie stuff is a bit dearer, but we do try and buy Golden Circle etc.... Ausrtalian ingredients doesn't mean much as the product can still be made OS same with Australian owned... Australian made is the one i lokk for first.

    Of course if it has made and owned in Australia then your set!
  4. I certainly prefer to buy Australian made products, if the price is within a reasonably competative range with the goods from overseas.

    And Golden Circle products are definately in my shopping trolley on a regular basis. :)
  5. All depends on quality and value for money
    We always buy d i c k smith products like peanut butter but will also buy vegemite.
    As for motorcycle accessories I made my point clear in another thread that when a company is gouging and proudly proclaiming their stuff is aussie owned and made well they can get stuffed.
  6. Very hard to find products these days that are 100% Australian. A lot of companies are publicly listed which means many have at least partial overseas ownership. A lot of others use overseas ingredients, usually as a matter of necessity (some ingredients like spices simply aren't produced in this country). Also just because a product's made here doesn't mean the quality is better than an imported product (just look at McCains and the recent "mouse pizza" incident). Still some corporate policies (like Kraft moving most of it's biscuit production to China) are hardly the sort of thing to be encouraged. The most important thing is to buy products made here - that provides people with work even if the profits do go offshore. Buying something made by an Australian company produced overseas is only going to make a few wealthy Aussies richer.
  7. So smee, you would buy Australian-made accessories, etc, but the local companies are charging too much by comparision, is that what you mean?

    That's a fair call, esp as bike bits cost a wee bit more than a jar of jam......
  8. I'm one of those pains that reads the labels in supermarkets.

    I get especially annoyed about things like fruit and fruit juice. I tend to avoid things like "from a blend of Australian and imported ingredients". Last week my SO came home with a bag of navel oranges that had little US flag stickers on them (she claims that it never occurred to her that someone might import fresh oranges). They looked "oranger" than the locally grown valencias, but yielded about 30% less juice.

    I get really annoyed if she comes home with tins of european-grown tomatoes when locally grown ones cost a few cents more.

    Bike parts? The only Australian manufacturers I know that make parts for my bike are Overlander and Staintune, who both make stainless exhaust systems. I bought from Overlander, because the quality is there, and they are cheaper.
  9. Yep I meant overcharging to maximise profits as they have little or direct competition in a small market.
    It smacks of being almost American.
  10. So do you do an analysis of the companies ROI and compare it with international benchmarks before purchasing?

    That must take a bit of effort.
  11. Hot topic with me, I'm afraid.

    Manufactured electronic equipment for a specialist (ie low local volume) market competing against multinationals. One of these had a policy that if they could save >US$0.22 on a product selling for AU$120, they would redesign it. Farkin tough to compete against people who can amortise costs over several contries, most of whom are more than <1% of the global market...... Arrrgh!

    Actively look for local content, especially where a labour input is concerned. Gotta look after local jobs before overseas ones, I think.
  12. I'll buy Aussie when:

    - Brand is equal or superior in quality
    - Brand is at a competitive price, and in the ball park of overseas products
    - Product is Australian made, meaning job(s) for locals, or at least Australian owned, where the profits will be spent here.
    - Being a local company will give me better long term sales support
    - It helps a mate out

    At the end of the day though, you're not going to throw away hard earned just because it's Aussie, it has to have something going for it too.
  13. is sanatarium still australian owned?
  14. All I know is Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventists.
  15. i think so..... not totally confident in this though...
  16. Sanitarium is Australian owned, according to the Ausbuy Guide. The one that I have is 2002 v6 so it's a tad out of date. Thing is, it's owned by a church, and that alone would stop me from purchasing its products.

    As for Moike's SO buying off-shore tomatoes, we tried the SPC and Ardmona brands, but they tasted terrible in pasta sauce. She's currently using a Woolworths branded tomatos, having gone off La Gina. Being Italian, having the right tomato sauce for your pasta is akin to beer being ice cold, kapish?
  17. owned by a church?? :LOL:
    its not a 7th day adventist church by anychance...
  18. Missus is a muso. She looked around for a decent studio mike. Imagine her delight when she discovered the locally made Rhode NTK, valve mike (no, not valve moike).

    What was frustrating though, she found it in a US based website. It would cost her about $200 less to buy it over there and ship it back here compared to going to Allen's Music in MEL to buy it. That's where she got it eventually. She wanted peace of mind with regards to risk of damage being transported back to Oz and the warranty that a local purchase offers.

    Excellent bit of gear, too. Nice to know that we're actually exporting some decent technology based goods.
  19. Yep, I think that's the mob.

    Thing is, they get tax breaks that Kellogs and Uncle Tobys would give their CEOs' bonuses and share options for....