I just wanted to warn people that PEC can be less than honest in their pricing and representations of what they sell. I ordered a soldering station from them and it turns out that they have simply bought one from DSE (D*ck Smith Electronic)s, and marked it and any spares up by 100%. Darren from PEC had also placed a hand written "warranty void if removed" sticker over the DSE name and part number on the faceplate.
Now I do understand that "buyer beware" applies here, but it was hard for me to make an informed decision due to information that Darren conveniently omitted to his benefit and other people's detriment.
It's listed by DSE as a T-2200, which they sell for ~$99, but PEC charge $199. Spare tips are ~$10 at DSE, and PEC charge ~$20 for them.
I did quickly check to see if the soldering station was available elsewhere, but PEC don't actually say that it's a DSE iron. They list the model number as DS-2200. It's obvious to me now of course what the DS stands for...
Anyway, you're right - I should have researched more thoroughly. One of the traps of buying something I didn't check out in person. As for your other point, AFAIK I don't believe being overcharged is grounds for taking action under the Trade Practices Act. I also have no idea whether the omission of the manufacturer details is of any use in making a case. Regardless, the sum of money involved makes it hardly worthwhile to pursue.