Monday, 06 December 2010 14:14

Kogan goes rogue-an on Harvey the Bogan


No need to call Paul Hogan for fireworks in the press, not when Ruslan Kogan is ready to go rogue and rip Gerry Harvey a new one'¦ yeow!

Setting the etail cat amongst the retail pigeons is Ruslan Kogan, the tech world's anti-bogan, its affable Han Solo-esque direct sales rogue and now, its international man of etail mystery through the opening of Kogan UK.

Undoubtedly picturing Gerry Harvey as a man with his re-tail between his legs, potentially cowering in fear at Kogan's ever increasing consumer sales power, or potentially not, Ruslan Kogan is calling out 'Gerry Harvey on his China bluff'.

Kogan's press release notes that 'Gerry Harvey announced today that Harvey Norman would launch a China-based website to avoid GST costs, following Myer's similar announcement on Friday.'

Priming himself to rip into Harvey and at least verbally rip him a new one, if not also rip a new one into his sales figures, Ruslan Kogan roared in response:

"Harvey Norman will never open an online store selling direct from China. This is an absolute hoax. It's nothing more than Gerry and Bernie trying to force the Government's hand to change the GST laws.

"The freight cost from China cancels out any GST saving on Harvey Norman products.

"Last week, Gerry Harvey was saying that Harvey Norman had no intention of embracing the Internet. This week he's announcing a new online store based in China. Harvey Norman shareholders must be very tolerant people.

Kogan's attack on the imperial forces of hardly normal continue... on page two! Set your phasers to stun and switch your lightsabers on - may the force be with you on the next page!

Ruslan Kogan's challenge to Gerry Harvey (and Myer's!!) continues: "It's clear that traditional retailers are trying to put political pressure on the Government. They are trying to stir up popular unrest by threatening job losses and outsourcing to China. The Government should not respond to this posturing.

"I'm personally challenging Gerry Harvey and Bernie Brookes to actually open their China-based websites. I think there is about as much chance of this happening as Australia winning The Ashes.

"In the highly unlikely event that they do open their stores and keep them open for three months, I will place prominent links on directly to Harvey Norman's and Myer's China-based online stores," Kogan concluded, relishing the opportunity to make continued waves in the international world of online shopping, and online customer service.

So'¦ Kogan's cricket ball is now careening towards Gerry's crease'¦ will Harvey hit it for a six, or will Kogan strike the stumps and hit Harvey for six instead?

Time will tell whether Ruslan's rebellion will cause the Hempire to try and strike back yet again, but for now, while Darth Hader bleats in a parallel Star Warsian universe that he finds our lack in retail faith disturbing, it's Kogan blowing up the death stars!



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