Trade Me dragged feet on GST rort, retailers say

By Nikki Mandow Aug 19 2019 / Newsroom

This story was originally published in the New Zealand Listener and is republished with permission.

Customs has cracked down on a GST rort, leaving Trade Me to pay back thousands of dollars to customers who had new cameras and smartphones seized at the border. But why was our biggest online marketplace so slow to act?

It was just an everyday transaction for Dr Tarun Ahuja. The Dunedin-based doctor needed a new phone, so in late June he went onto Trade Me and ordered a Samsung from a reputable-sounding supplier – UDS Mart.

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