I have written about this a few times but unfortunately not much has changed. In 2010, I lamented the lack of a wide range of styles with price tags that don't break the bank. It seems, that now in September 2013, 3 years later, the only thing that has changed is the Australian Dollar and the cost of shipping of the United States. The days of purchasing cheap items from the US and having them here for reasonable shipping prices, is mostly gone. In fact in April of this year, Australia Post increased it's price of parcels including the satchels and delivery notifications services i.e. signatures dramatically. Australia Post defends the increases, saying it is ''operating in a challenging business environment with increasing external costs''. Read more about the price increase here.
It's a sad state of affairs when most retailers overseas have free shipping for any number of items. Australian retailers need to catch up.