Targeted Amazon Changing International Shipping - $20 off Voucher

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Received the following email from Amazon US, stating they will soon redirect all customers in Australia to Amazon.com.au in order to be GST compliant. Good news is, it included a $20 off unique voucher, so I assume everyone with an account would get something similar.


As a result of changes to Australian GST law, on 1 July 2018 Amazon’s international shopping options for Australian customers will change.

While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, from 1 July we will be redirecting Australian customers from our international Amazon sites to amazon.com.au where you can shop for products sold by Amazon US on the new Amazon Global Store, available today. We have taken this step to to provide our customers with continued access to international selection and allow us to remain compliant with the law which requires us to collect and remit GST on products sold on Amazon sites that are shipped from overseas.

Amazon Global Store will allow Australian customers to shop on amazon.com.au for over four million items that were previously only accessible on amazon.com. This selection is in addition to the more than 60 million products that are already available on amazon.com.au across 23 categories, including books, fashion, toys, and electronics.

To welcome you to amazon.com.au, and thank you for choosing to shop with us, we are offering you a $20 voucher to redeem against your next purchase on amazon.com.au of items sold and shipped by Amazon AU. Just include your unique promotional code below at checkout when purchasing eligible items (see full terms and conditions below).

Thank you for choosing to shop with Amazon.

Terms & Conditions of Use: These terms and conditions apply to the offer set out in this email. The email recipient can use the unique promotional code contained herein to receive $20 off their next purchase of any eligible item(s) made via the Amazon app or Amazon.com.au ("offer"). For the purpose of these terms and conditions "eligible items" refers to any product shipped and sold by Amazon AU on Amazon.com.au or Amazon app and excludes products sold by third party sellers (even if fulfilled by Amazon AU or shipped and sold by Amazon US), digital purchases such as e-books, subscriptions such as Prime Video and Audible, gift cards and postage or delivery rates. Amazon's standard delivery rates and policies apply to any purchase made pursuant to the offer. The unique promotional code can only be redeemed once by the selected email recipient on eligible items only. To redeem the offer, once you have added one or more eligible items to your cart, enter the promotional code into the relevant field during the checkout process on Amazon.com.au or Amazon app and your discount will be applied to the eligible items. If you do not add any eligible items to your cart, the promotional code will not apply to your order at checkout. If you return any item purchased using the promotional code, Amazon AU will only refund the price actually paid for the item (that is, less the value of the promotional code) and the promotional code will be invalidated. The promotional code is not transferable and may not be resold. This offer cannot be used on pre-existing orders. The promotional code will not apply to orders placed with 1-Click. If you violate any terms and conditions of the offer, your use of the promotional code will be invalid, and the discount will not apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or code for new customers or Amazon devices. Amazon reserves the right to cancel, amend or withdraw the offer at any time at its discretion. Amazon.com.au’s Conditions of Use and Sale apply. The offer is valid until 11:59PM (AEST) on 31 December 2018.

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Comments

  • +3 votes

    What about those that live in both countries :/

    • +5 votes

      I think it will just block Australia address when you checkout from Amazon US. Like how some of the products that does not ship to Australia.

      Use amazon.com.au to buy stuff to australian address and amazon.com to send stuff to US address.

      • +6 votes

        I find that it's much more expensive when you do that.

        Will we still be able to buy US region games and movies? OR will they say, hey that's available in your region too. Just get that version.

  • +42 votes

    Is this change with the GST some of Gery Harveys work?

    • +66 votes

      I hope he loses more from spite than what he gains from the “more fair playing field”.

    • +86 votes

      It was all because of Gerry Harvey.

      He can’t compete by lowering prices and better quality customer service so this is his way of playing dirty.

      Retail was never a level playing field and this does not level the score.

      Worst still the productivity commission estimates it will cost more than double to recover the GST on all the small transactions.

      The labor government shutt down Gerry Harvey on this when he tried during their government. However Liberals being liberals and supporting the rich passed this through.

      A total farce.

      • +28 votes

        I hate Gerry Harvey soooo much

        • -15 votes

          Gerry is a dope & it is annoying, but I do think it is fair.

        • +31 votes

          @kev98:

          It is fair as far as GST goes but you’re forgetting the shipping component.

          Gerry ultimately wants price parity with Amazon. BUT Amazon need to air freight from the other side of the planet. Harvey does not.
          Like this

          Amazon: $70 + shipping = $100
          Harvey Norman = $100

          What’s happening behind the scenes is that Gerry buys that thing for $65 and instead of taking a FAIR profit of $5 he wants to take the whole $35 profit.

          Fair? GST yes. Greedy? Oh yeah.

          He doesn’t care about GST. He doesn’t care about “fair”. He wants to up the price comparison to line his pockets.

        • +2 votes

          @LoopyLou: Unfortunately for Gerry though, his prices are always going to be higher than Amazons even with shipping & GST included. I don't think Gerry's protests are going to increase spending at his stores. At the most it will just mean more tax revenue for our trusty politicians & the consumer losing out etc etc. I guess we might just get a new road or something special :P

        • +1 vote

          @kev98:

          new road? no we will sell the rights to a toll company to charge us to use this new road, or more likely a toll to charge for a small section of an already existing road with an extra lane…..

    • +12 votes

      Always refer to it as the 'Harvey Norman Tax'

      Gerry fought for it, he deserves full credit.

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    Haven't recieved mine yet no min purchase? Looks good!

  • +4 votes

    Even if it redirects you, is there still a way to make a purchase on the US site if you wanted to?

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      Excluding stuff like Prime Video US specific content, it should still be possible, just like how we can access their regional stores at the moment. If not, then at most you may probably need a valid US billing address tied to your account.

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      Presumably a VPN will work if they otherwise haven't blocked delivery to Australian addresses. Definitely you don't want to use a free vpn service to do this as you will be entering in credit card details and passwords.

      • +2 votes

        These websites use SSL… Free or not-free VPN should not matter as long as SSL is active.

    • +1 vote

      I think Australia Post has a service called ShopMate in which you can get an American address which Amazon sends to and then ShopMate will bump your parcel to your address in Australia.

    • +2 votes

      If you're after electronic products there's still bhphoto and video. They have Amazon prices. Newegg has basically done the same as Amazon. Except if it's not available for Australian stock then it will be much cheaper.

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    The main positive I see with this change is shipping fee with the inclusion of the prior Amazon US only products, especially free delivery for orders over $49.

    • +18 votes

      I don't think shipping will change, because you'll still pay the Amazon Global Shipping prices as stock won't be in aus. They'll just slap an extra 10% on to cover GST..

      • +7 votes

        Considering their recent new fulfillment centre, I think they're getting serious with local product availability.

        • +21 votes

          Won't have close to the same range.

        • +4 votes

          @Scab:
          Let's hope that's not the case then.

        • +32 votes

          But the problem is the local amazon Au prices are still high and not competitive . I can buy something from amazon us and pay shipping and still be better off then buying the same product from amazon Au.

        • +1 vote

          @Detective Pikachu:

          Sorry but you just aren't thinking about it.

          Its simply not possible logistically to stock the entire range for a reasonable cost while not having a ton of old stock that never sells at the same time.

          It works in the USA because it can bounce around everywhere for little cost.

        • +2 votes

          @roofyapple: Yes! And the difference is much greater than 10%

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          @samfisher5986: I don't understund - most of the stuff on amazon.au seems to be from amazon.com (US)

        • +2 votes

          @samfisher5986:

          My apologies if I somehow suggested that they would stock the entire range of Amazon US items locally, I was just hoping they'd end up with a similar level of local inventory to the other Amazon regional stores like Amazon UK, Amazon Europe or Amazon Japan, with the added option to opt to other regional stores for those region specific items.

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          Yep. Last week I bought some camera accessories. Charger, batts, lens adapter, pocket tripod etc from Au and several brands were now the equivalent price to the US site. A lot of other stuff was still 2 to 4 times the price, but it looks like that is changing.

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      free shipping is only on products sold by and shipped from Amazon AU.

    • +3 votes

      No way is that happening. Everything shipped from Amazon US except for:

      • items restricted by brands (e.g. Burton refuses to allow sellers to internationally ship their items, they dictate the prices)
      • items sold by sellers who can't be bothered/don't want to ship internationally.

      We haven't missed out on anything. Everything sold direct by amazon without restriction could be sent to australia previously, and for a pittance. Their shipping costs were amazing, often under $6 for a 1 week delivery.

      There is nothing good about this change.

  • -3 votes

    so everything is the same except the url has a .au on the end of it?

    • +29 votes

      And you pay more

    • +4 votes

      It looks like the range of items will be cut significantly. If we're pushed from the .com store to a "global" store, the only reason for doing that is to limit item availability. There was nothing on .com that wouldn't ship to aus unless it was manufactuerer restricted (which won't change), or re-seller only shipped locally (which again won't change).

      There isn't anything good about this change.

  • -3 votes

    What's the point of posting this deal of there is no voucher to share.

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    Do we know if it only covers amazon stocked items? Third party still might ship here?

  • +3 votes

    I read it as things from Amazon US will be available, just to be ordered on the .com.au site.

    "will be redirecting Australian customers from our international Amazon sites to amazon.com.au where you can shop for products sold by Amazon US"

    • +1 vote

      The way I read that is you will be able to buy stuff that's directly sold by amazon US, but not stuff that's sold by a third party on amazon US - I do wonder if "fulfilled by amazon" will be included being that they warehouse the FBA stuff too.

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      As of next financial year overseas businesses must charge GST as if it's an Australian sale.

    • +1 vote

      I initially read it that way as well, but the more you look the worse it gets.

      You can already buy from .com today. I've been doing it for years. There's no need to redirect to .com.au.

      What this really means is that a handful of items may copy/paste to .com.au (still shipped from the US), but the actual .com site and all the other items there will now be off limits.

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    Well I guess we know when Amazon Prime is launching here…

  • +34 votes

    This is actually terrible. Didn't see this coming but will probably be more than Amazon

  •  

    tapped in the head and your to blame - same old song…..

    what the hell did you think was coming?

  • +2 votes

    Noooooooooooooo - I have some Amazon credit that I'll need to buy stuff with then b4 the changeover

  • +18 votes

    Let's hope Amazon Global on the AU site is priced the same as it is on the US site, and not "adjusted" for the Australian market…

    Even with GST a good US deal can be half the local price.

    • +20 votes

      more chance for world peace…

    • +14 votes

      This change will mean they will easily be able to hike the price up for Australian buyers whenever they want..
      No Doubt they will be monitoring local prices and adjust theirs so it is only just a little cheaper than local..

  • +11 votes

    Ah, what the effing etc. Please, no.

  • +2 votes

    Wow those t&c's hurt my eyes

  • +29 votes

    AND WHAT ABOUT AMAZON UK ?? Germany and France ??

    WELL F* YOU for the worst Govt ever.

    • +23 votes

      ask your friends who they voted for …..we get the governments we voted for.

      • +4 votes

        It was a razor thin election. Coalition had barely enough seats to form government.

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          Voting in Australia, and probably every other so called Western "democracies", or as I call them, bipartisan dictatorships, is like having to decide if you would like someone to a) take a sledgehammer to your left hand, or b) take a sledgehammer to your right hand. You are xxxxed whoever is having their turn, so my philosophy is to apply the Serenity Prayer, ignore it, and enjoy life.

        • +9 votes

          I think you'll find that this change had bipartisan support. Nobody cared enough to pull either party up on it.

          Get ready also for the $5 surcharge on overseas parcels which they'll slip in sometime soon.. there is no way the 10% GST on a 0.99c package can work otherwise.

        • +1 vote

          @gringo:

          Nooooooooooooooooo…

          Say it isn't so! I'll never complete my Xiaomi collection if this comes in!

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          @Mobe1969:

          Serenity now, insanity later.

          — Lloyd Braun

        • +2 votes

          @Mobe1969: I disagree. Voting is up to you, and you don't have to vote for either of the major parties. The outcome on the other hand is not up to you, but just something you need to deal with irrespective of your voting activity. There's a logical difference between the two, so take heart.

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          @ASmugDill:
          And there is the unknown misinformation / lie. We have a friggin preferential voting system. They don't teach people this.

          If you have 20 candidates in your electorate, and you put liberal 19 and labour 20, your vote will count to liberal if they are the top two. If you vote the newer style vote where you just put the 1 against your preferred candidate, it means you accept who that candidate has put forward as their preferences, so your vote will got to whomever they put first, labor or liberal.

          You don't have the option of not voting for either of these aholes unless you vote informally and put a huge xxxx you on the ballot.

          This is why I just ignore it. We have a rigged bipartisan system, and voters are too clueless to know they have no choice. I didn't know about it. I was not taught. Someone I worked for at University was in the liberal party, and he explained it to me. It was devesating to learn, and realise hardly anyone knows this.

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          @Mobe1969: if everyone preferenced a minor party instead then they could have a chance. You should be promoting voting for a minor party rather than not voting at all.

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          @gringo: Correct, this was bipartisan. The SDA (retail workers union) had been pushing for this change for years to protect retail workers' jobs.

    • +4 votes

      To think the same govt who's ex deputy went on national TV to tell Australia how he shagged his assistant and had a baby, and made 150K in profit.

      All liberals are a bunch of inbred vegetables.

      • +1 vote

        Er, that's as simplistic and uninformed as saying all Labour and their supporters are ill-informed economic girly men!

        I think you'll also find that Barnaby is a National, not a Liberal…

      • +3 votes

        Except he isn't a member of the Liberals - he's a National party MP.

        Edit: Beaten to the punch.

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        @FeZZa21 Brilliant. Lets judge everyone in a group by the bad apple or apples.

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        Am I the only one that read FeZZa21's comment the way it was written?
        Nowhere did he say Barnaby was a Liberal lol.

        Sounds to me like we have some Pro Liberals here who are a little cloudy lol.

        He clearly states:

        "To think the same govt who's ex deputy went on national TV to tell Australia how he shagged his assistant and had a baby, and made 150K in profit".

        Now this Government he is referring to is the Coalition government. Which as you well know, is formed by Liberal and National party MP's. His statement is correct!

        His next sentence has nothing to do with the Nationals or Barnaby. He clearly states "ALL liberals are a bunch of inbred vegetables".

        So next time before you get too cloudy, have a think about what is actually written lol.

        The only thing you could pick on in his statement was the reference to having a baby. He left out Barnaby isn't the biological father either. She's a keeper lol

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          I believe 'bank' is a more appropriate term than 'keeper'. (i.e Sperm bank.)

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          If I was really going to nitpick, I'd have pointed out that it's not a liberal government at all, but a conservative one (note the lower case 'l'.)

          So if you're going to treat the two sentences as distinct thoughts, he's actually calling the opposition a bunch of inbred vegetables.

  • +5 votes

    Time to start shipping stuff from US Amazon via my Auntie in California!

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