I'm in Sydney, I don't have any problem with general internet use - various speed tests on this computer put me at between 5.5-7 mbps. I have wireless and this computer is on a different storey to the main modem, but even trying to AAA on the main computer downstairs I can't get anything under 1.2secs - means usually I only get 1/8 items at best. Igloo however I average a decent 500-700ms. Main store I'm around 2.5-3secs so I don't have a problem with that.
What kind of buy times do you get? Either AAA/MS/Igloo, but I'm more interested in AAA. Also who are you with and what is your speed? I'm with iprimus.
are you talking about the program freedom?
I'm from sydney too, but I use a crappy free version of an ABer because I'm a poor noob so I get like 1/20 things if I'm lucky at all.
I also use a free proxy, and I'm pretty sure that slows it down even more? Idk.
But yeah, I heard that your physical proximity to the Neopets server matters.