Money Hack: How to dodge the Netflix Tax
There's an easy way to lower the cost of your monthly Netflix subscription.
While the recent Netflix price hike (courtesy of the Netflix Tax), isn't going to break the bank, the added 10% on top of the 10% GST on Netflix's Premium plan was a bit rich. Many accused Netflix of using the new GST as a cover for its own stealth price jump.
As it stands, Netflix now costs Australian's between $9.99 per month and $17.99 per month, depending on the plan. The new plans cost an additional 15.93% per month on average. However, there's a very quick and easy way to pay less every month, all you need is a VPN (well, a VPN that Netflix hasn't blocked yet).
Some recent research of finder's revealed that there are now 169 regions where Netflix is cheaper than Australia. The cheapest region where you can get Netflix is currently Mexico, where you will pay 99 Mexican Peso for the Basic plan (standard definition, 1 screen), 129 Mexican Peso for the Standard plan (high definition, 2 screens), and 159 Mexican Peso for the Premium plan (4K, 4 screens). That means you will pay AUD$7.23 ($2.76 less) for the basic, AUD$9.42 ($4.57 less) for the standard and AUD$11.62 ($6.37) for the premium. The average plan price through Mexico's Netflix is 32% cheaper than plans on Australian Netflix. At the top tier, you can save 35.4% per month on your Netflix subscription by signing up via Mexico's Netflix, which is a decent discount.
To pay the Mexican price every month, all you need to do is sign up via Netflix Mexico (netflix.com/mx/) by changing your browsing location to Mexico using a VPN. Though Netflix has made short work of blocking a number of VPNs from streaming international content libraries, a handful of VPNs claim to still have access to Netflix by bypassing the website's proxy error (these include ExpressVPN, StrongVPN and VyprVPN). You can compare VPNs over at our comprehensive guide.
We trialed Hide My Ass and had no problem accessing Netflix Mexico's sign up screen.
A number of the VPNs mentioned above offer free trials and you only need it active for the duration of the signup process, so you can cancel after without paying a cent. However, it is worth mentioning that some cards charge a currency conversion fee when paying in another region's currency. It's worth looking into what your bank will charge you if you do decide to pay for your subscription via Netflix's Mexican site.