A Strong Aussie Dollar

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Blog entry by degoose posted 11-09-2011 09:40 AM 6158 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is really for all the Aussies here… who do not read my regular blog…

It is certainly nice to have a very strong Aussie dollar… not good for exports but certainly for imports.. now before I get bagged for saying this… let us look at some of the things we need that we have to import… for me the number one item is Titebond III glue… for the longest time it was just around the AU$ 90.00 mark for a US gallon or 3.75 ltrs…

Thanks to the strengthening dollar… it is now available from Carba-tec for AU$ 59.00….

I thought that was not a bad price reduction….. that is until a mate told me you can get it from the new MASTERS Hardware for …

Wait for it….

$30.55…... WOW….

So off I trot to Masters to check it out… and guess what… IT is all sold out… the gallons and the 500 mm size… so I go a litre bottle for 16 bucks and ordered 3 one-gallon bottles… they tell me they will be in by the first part of next week…

You got to love competition and a strong Aussie Dollar…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 10:43 AM

Masters Hardware you say? Don’t think they’ve made it to our neck of the woods (not that that is unusual). Still, I do need to go visit Carba-Tec sometime soon so I’m glad that their prices are down too.

Now, if we can just get the cost of evaporust down as well …

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 12:34 PM

Larry, that is the end of the US Dollar you are seeing. Glad to see someone benefiting ;-)) beside the Chinese!! ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 02:34 PM

Australia is booming. My son in law to be is in construction specializing in the supervision of portions of very large construction projects. America is dead in this for the most part. The last project that he worked on two years ago was a $2 billion project but they pulled the plug on it in mid stride and now sits there rotting. He’s pretty sure he’s going to work on a large energy project down in Australia that will take 10 years and billions of dollars to build. I’m glad there are still some countries left that don’t abuse their currency.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 03:40 PM

I think the bankers and politicians in Australia have their heads on straight. Over here it is how can we become billionaires and let’s pass this legislation so we get funds contributed to get re elected- no matter how it hurts the average guy. The euro guys’ boat is sinking too.

Larry, enjoy it there . After looking at the news, you have the best place to live in the world!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 05:45 PM

Hi Larry, it seems you are in the Fantasy Island.


-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 06:07 PM

The $AU is a bit more valuable than the $US but not by much. This morning (11/9/2011) it was at 1.0180. I suspect it was more a matter of charging what the market would bear. It’s the same in Canada. While the $C is worth more than the $US (1.0217 on 11/9/2011) prices for identical items always cost more than in the US.

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 07:47 PM

I’ll ‘stick’ with Larry on this one , Jeff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 08:08 PM

There was a story on the news this week about an American who found a job, but they said it was 20,000 miles away in Australia. Not sure, but I think 20,000 miles from here might over shoot and land him nearly on the other side of the US in the Atlantic ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 08:58 PM

Just Hang in There…
... in a few more months, our (US$) will be worth a whole lot LESS… giving you a BETTER deal for the glue and other things!

It’s nice to see that you’re starting to be able get better deals as a result of our unreal methods of trying to Bail Out everything in sight by just throwing more MONEY at it!

You deserve it… You are EARNING it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 09:13 PM


I hate to say that it is not good at all.
Cheap imports will destroy local manufacturers ability to compete. Less jobs less buyers with residual income to buy things like fancy cutting boards.

To keep it short just take a look at our economy right here in the US.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 10:36 PM

My point was that there are things that are not made in Australia.. and now I can access them cheaper… also I was making the point that I am buying American…I refuse to buy non Australian Made… but it is getting harder…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 11-10-2011 10:15 AM

So I can get tight bond 3 for 31.95 american….is that better than 30.55 Aussie????

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 11-10-2011 10:34 AM

Same same… that means that there is no shipping cost… all the way over here…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 11-10-2011 10:51 PM

Mate, that’s a good buy. I got the original in that quantity delivered to the door for $49 from, and I thought that was good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 07:00 AM

Temptation is a terrible thing. From my home to Masters is less than 3km, which of course means Carbatec is about 3.1km away and of course there is Bunnings about 4km away. When I can retire, I will only need a bike to go everywhere I need to go.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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