Petition against new tax regulations for Temu and Shein garners 15,000 signatures

I still don't understand why buying clothing online is so popular. Don't you people want to try things on first without the hassle of having to deal with shipping back returns?

I've never once ordered a piece of clothing online.

What I did was do an exploratory buy. I found that their XXL is my XXL, so I have bought more XXL jackets from Temu, various corduroy jackets in different colours that have been keeping me nice and warm, and other unpadded waterproof windbreakers too, all for around R500 a jacket after customs/tax. Lets just say I would have paid much more for equivalent stuff at local shops (in fact, I would not have bought them as I would not have spent that much). If ever the clothes are not for me (style or fit), I'll just give it to someone else who it would work for/fit.

In fact, I bought 2 cheap watches from Temu, like R130 in total, and I tried both on and then gave the one whose styling I liked less to my gardener who loves it.
 
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Not nice to admit because it would have been great to have a strong local textile industry, but I just realised that my jeans from Shein lasted longer than the two pairs of Levi's I bought. The Levi's didn't even last 18 months. My Shein jeans are now just over 18 months
 
How many of these petitions have actually prevented or changed laws?

Nice way to harvest 15k email addresses - that's got to be worth something to scummy spammers...
 
South Africans fighting for Temu and Shein

New tax regulations that will apply to small-volume and low-value clothing orders from Shein and Temu as of 1 July have caused a backlash among consumers.

However, National Clothing Retail Federation executive director Michael Lawrence has said that these objections are based on a feeble argument and consumers need to look at the bigger picture.
I dont disagree with putting a tax on Shein and Temu BUT the real bigger picture is that the import tax for our retailers are ALSO too high and that should drop.
 
I don't think you understand me. Money that goes to these sheisters are better spent in our economy.
These sheisters are getting basically the same amount from us.

Scenario 1
Consumer buys R100 worth of goods from Temu. Chinese guys get R100

Scenario 2
Local importer buys R100 worth of goods from Chinese supplier and sells it locally for R500. Chinese guys get R100
 
These sheisters are getting basically the same amount from us.

Scenario 1
Consumer buys R100 worth of goods from Temu. Chinese guys get R100

Scenario 2
Local importer buys R100 worth of goods from Chinese supplier and sells it locally for R500. Chinese guys get R100
Scenarios 2 more tax money and better quality products. You also actually have the ability to return crappy goods.
 
Scenarios 2 more tax money and better quality products. You also actually have the ability to return crappy goods.
That's where you're uninformed. The quality from Temu is really decent, at least as good as the stuff the local guys import from China. And you can return goods to Temu easily (not sure about Shein).

Also, I'd personally prefer paying as little tax as possible. If you want to donate extra to the fiscus every year you are most welcome. I'm paying more than my fair share already.
 
Scenarios 2 more tax money and better quality products. You also actually have the ability to return crappy goods.
I bought a dual sweatband and headband set off Shein and it arrived on Tuesday. I paid R20 for it, the quality is 10 times better than the **** i bought at Mr Price sport which i paid R150 for two shitty wristbands only so i got more for much less as well...

And all that tax money just goes to corruption anyway so screw the government
 
So SARS, can't lower the 45% to local retailers, in order for them to lower pricing to consumers. Thus, local consumers would have very little to no need, to buy from Temu and Shein. But, the greed has kicked in, where government are more concerned with filling its own pockets once again, rather than looking after the struggling consumer.
 
In the long run we're going to circle back to the root of the problem: exorbitant wage demands from workers in the local clothing-manufacturing industry, compounded by greedy profit demands from the retailers, which drove things to a net-import model.
If the duties were considerably lower to retailers, then the knock on effect would be, that the retailers could actually pay their workers a decent enough salary, while still hitting a favourable profit margin. I worked for one of these retailers, I know there profit margins on clothing, and what they bought the item for. Many would be shocked, then again, many wouldn't be.
 
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