I think that this is happening more and more across the world, whilst we don't have the price hike that you Aussies are getting there are people who are becoming much smarter at buying thier models. One of my friends wanted to start a tyranid army but couldn't really afford to, i told him that i could get him rolling with an army for £10 a fortnight, he didn't believe me. I'm shopping second hand so there is always going to be a price difference but he wanted me to keep track.GW's problem is that more and more of its Australian customers are becoming smarter at shopping around. I can't justify spending the 87.5% mark up. So i purchase via EBay and when Waylands ever gets it act together in regards to its ROW customer i'll continue to use this option, i have calculated with a strong Aussie Dollar i am saving 55% to 60% off GW Australian Shelf Prices.
For every dollar i spend it goes directly to an overseas vendor, i can't support the local vendors.
Case in point, if Wayland gets act together and if their ROW prices are the same as domestic then i can purchase a CSM Battleforce for $81.90 AuD (this includes postage), currently that very CSM Battleforce on Aussie shelves is $180 AuD.
So far i've bought 13 genestealers (2 are space hulk, 1 is missing an arm) for £9 (a box of 8 stealers is £18, or £2.25 per stealer, 13 new stealers = £29.25) and an old hive tyrant for £11 (current new tyrant = £36) So far i've spent £20 when if i bought from GW it would have cost me £66.
Sure they're second hand and need stripping but a bottle of dettol costs £3.
It's just good common sense to squeeze the best deals out of the market.