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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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    I'm moving to USA now!! F u Oz government!! Not really… But I should.
    We should all boycott Oz government and all move to USA lol that'll teach them :p

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      I’ve honestly thought bout it the last few times I’ve been over there everything’s so cheap over there m

  • +7 votes

    IMHO it isn't the 10% that is an issue. It is reduction of choice. It is bad enough with Aussies being treated like utter crap for digital content since day one, for stuff NOT AVAILABLE HERE, but at least with etailers we had the opportunity to buy physical items not available here.

    99% of times I use an Amazon is to get something not here.

  • +3 votes

    besides f…. em all I have little else to say….

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    I’ll pay more at amazon then paying hardly normal. Should do a petition on change.org

  • +1 vote

    Does amazon pay any tax here in the first place?

  • +6 votes

    Like everything the moron government does there's no thought, the only thing they can think is more TAX will fix the problem well it hasn't yet and the country is a trillion dollars in dept & taxing more of the people that can't afford it is a great idea. Well they must be using the same accountants that Masters hardware had MORONS, so sick of being ripped off. Over it.

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      Why don’t the government sell off and privatise every company they own to get money.

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    Didn’t get the email despite having a stocked cart ready to buy on Amazon.com. Anyone else get it?

  • +2 votes

    This seems like the same $20 off your first order deal that has been going around on Amazon.com.au for a while now but just marketed differently with the letter attached. Like the other deal it seems it’s only coming your way if you haven’t shopped through the AU site before.
    Can’t believe this is happening though, I do about 80% of my shopping through overseas sites so this is going to have a major impact :(

    •  

      I kind of suspect that's part of the point. They would prefer you to shop locally rather than OS.

    •  

      Oh damn, thought it was an Amazon US voucher.

  •  

    How does one access the amazon global store via amazon.com.au? I dont see any reference to it or the option to see content from the US website?

    •  

      Nevermind. Figured it out. I certainly hope its still in progress as im not seeing any items from the US Amazon store when i look for movies.

    • +1 vote

      The grey drop-down box to the left of the search bar. But it's rubbish, i just had a look and it's crap!

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        Right!! Is there anything on there from the US store or is it just not ready yet?

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          No idea but i hope it's not ready yet or there's no point in it

  • +3 votes

    Lol, the only thing this achieves is lining government pockets. Liberals promised to push us closer to surplus and this is how they do it.
    They don't improve competition at all.

    Bloody Invisible Australian Tax is more than 10% and often 30-40% so even if they introduce a 10% GST for overseas, they still need to increase the price somehow by another 10-20% to potentially "force" somebody to purchase within Australia.

    Just look at the AV Receiver Marantz that was posted a few weeks ago for $600… however it is like $1500 locally.

    If they were really trying to "level" the field they should pass down all GST collected to the affected retailers which means they can subsidies their "supposed" losses from online competition.

    If prices do get crazy… will just mean I have more of a excuse to go on "Shopping" holidays…..

    • +3 votes

      Yep there was a Denon receiver I was looking at for $600 delivered from Amazon.de, $1200 here, ridiculous!

    •  

      They should pass all of the tax received to retailers?

      You have a strange way of running a country. I can only assume your family have never had to use a school, hospital or road…

  •  

    ohhh what ever….you can buy most items from China. I bought $1 item from China for a free shipping. Maybe Gerry is thinking to stop this too

  •  

    Can we definitely get the full US selection? Because the Aussie selection is atrociously bad.

  • +1 vote

    Came here for a good deal, left worse than empty handed.

    RIP great Amazon deals, we had some great times.

  • +2 votes

    Gerry Harvey and Dick Smith can go ahead and leave this earth anytime now.

    • +1 vote

      Dick Smith? He is one of the good guys isn't he?

  • -3 votes

    Wow, living in Australia just became even crappier.

    I've just moved to Oz - so how does this work? The overseas retailer collects the GST or do you get a nice bill in the mail when your item arrives on shore?

  • +8 votes

    Going to need all OzBargainers to step up and post some cracking Amazon US deals before the July 1 deadline. I want to buy as much as possible before this stupid change is implemented.

    •  

      I'm planning to get Lodge cast iron cookware.
      Too bad I can't afford to get evey thing in my Save For Later list.

  • +2 votes

    Is this only Amazon US? I sometimes use Amazon Japan, can I not buy from there then?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah I'm worried about other Amazons also. I've been buying from Amazon JP since 2004. I often get stuff from Germany, France, and Uk.

      Stuff not released here or elsewhere

      • +1 vote

        I got the email from Amazon UK so must include them too.

    •  

      I think it's all Amazon international stores

      Disappointing

  • +2 votes

    Is this Ebay? I didnt get targeted

    • +1 vote

      Same. Not happy.

  • +1 vote

    yea hows this going to work compared with UK amazon

    think Zavvi are already collecting

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      Received UK Amazon post $20 voucher today so looks to be Amazon Global…said so in the email.

  • +7 votes

    I'm really not sure why everyone is up-voting this. Unless I am comprehending this incorrectly we (Australians) will have less buying options / less competition from smaller global merchants who may only list on foreign Amazon sites and we get a $20 voucher to compensate us? This sounds like a punishment to me.

    • +1 vote

      And no $20 voucher as far as I can see…

    • +2 votes

      My thoughts exactly…Why are people happy about this!

    •  

      Amazon may end up changing the way they do it. Amazing that eBay can implement the change (charge overseas orders 10%), but somehow Amazon can not do it ?

      Seems like Amazon is using this as a way to punt Aussie buyers to .com.au.

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      I use the upvote system as a bookmark. I suspect many others do the same. Not happy about the situation either, but may aswell get that last $20 from them if there is a miracle bargain on the .com.au site.

  • -1 vote

    I bet my entire superannuation fund that the price increases will be MORE than 10%. Good old Aus getting f&^%ed in the [email protected]#tter again
    looks like it's already begun, i.e.:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B074Q54GSR/ref=dp_ol...
    vs
    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/offer-listing/B07C9ZYSW4/ref=dp...

    • +3 votes

      It hasn't begun yet. You're looking at two different sellers. Compare the same seller:

      Here is USA: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B074Q54GSR/ref=olp_p...

      and your link for .com.au

      The USA one from High End Electronics Deals is $899 USD, the .com.au version is $1,199 AUD. At today's conversion rate of ~0.75c / $ that's about right. In fact it's exactly the same.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah but i bet there'll be no Australian seller offering the best US price +10%, we'll get screwed one way or another.

        • +2 votes

          That's looking more and more likely.

  •  

    I'm hoping it means an end to "This items does not ship to Australia" and they just transship through Amazon AU. Yes it may cost 10% more GST but could/should reduce total shipping cost and give us a bigger selection. If not, Alibaba et al (Chinese) won't be collecting GST I bet.

    •  

      I hope im wrong but I think the opposite will be true.

      When you get to the shipping section from Amazon US and enter your Aussie address, theyll say no, and to buy from Amazon global/AU.
      Once there if you're lucky and the item is fulfilled by Amazon, it will be there with the 10% hike (I really don't think amazon will root customers more than what Australia will them).

      Unfortunately it's more likely the item won't be available, or won't be fulfilled by Amazon. It could now cost 2/3 times as much from a 3rd party seller as shown by examples in this thread.

    • +2 votes

      "I'm hoping it means an end to "This items does not ship to Australia""

      I think it'll be the opposite. It'll mean that products just won't show up on the pages served to australians, regardless of whether they used to ship here or not.

  • +3 votes

    (profanity) Gerry Harvey.

  • +1 vote

    Lol making multinationals pay their fair share? How is that possible when it's the user that is paying the extra 10% on top of their purchase? This sounds more like a protection racket for the millionaires and tax dodgers to me.

  • +1 vote

    You have to remind your self that the prices are going to up 10%. But that is at a "base" rate! Imagine if you sold a product for $10…. now you are going sell it at $11. BUT how much extra are you going to charge to cover your time in collecting and paying the GST?
    Really! How much?
    You can't implement the GST charge/change for free!
    You would have to have an accountant/bookkeeper that knows about Australian Tax/Tax Law, a method to collect the funds, an account to hold the funds, then "pay" the funds/GST and then on YOUR tax return provide ALL that information for your end of year returns etc, etc, etc, etc….
    Now…Imagine if you stuffed up! The A.T.O would send you a BILL!. And then think of the secondary onset. The fear that selling/trading to Australians will do. There will be forums and posts describing the horror stories of the A.T.O sending you a bill! (insert gasps here)
    You would probably have to have to sets of books and accounts. One set up for sales to Australia and one for the rest of your business. Is that worth it for maybe 100-200 sales a year that might net you $200-$400 per year…??
    Unfortunately WE (as individuals) are the big losers here. This is just not a small thing!
    Also, just wait in time, when the A.T.O go hunting every website/company that sells to Australians. Web sites AND total companies will just NOT trade/sell to us (as individuals). It wont be worth there time… They will just say NO….
    How many more opportunities to save money are we going to lose?

    • +4 votes

      Exactly, this will most profoundly hurt small businesses and individuals that sell to Australia from overseas.

      I have several small companies I deal with in Scotland and Japan, literally one or two people in the whole business.

      I'm probably one of only a few Australians they deal with in a year, does anyone honestly expect already busy small business owners from another country to understand Australian taxation law and prepare to pay the ATO for <10 transactions a year??

      It won't be hurting large businesses, not only do they likely view Australia as a small market but if they do choose to continue operating in Australia they will have the staff/manpower to have individuals handling the taxation.

      So again whiney Australian businesses that are rightfully losing money, that don't make the products, don't own the IP, don't even assemble the goods are controlling the market as a whole and affecting all Australian consumers negatively.

      They're getting to play victim whilst also benefiting from the system that would encourage a competitive market in the first place.

      The loss of small businesses that provide products I literally can't buy from elsewhere is going to be horrendous, and I can damn near guarantee it'll happen, there's already several companies over the last 2-3 years that have stopped trading with Australia due to local distributors filing complaints.

      Damn this.

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        well I'm sure other countries will stop buying from us because of this shit protectionism.

      •  

        Wow……
        That is, a VERY good point!……..
        That's three levels down…. How deep/broad will this go?….

      • +1 vote

        Yes. Mom and Pop businesses will be greatly affected. Many overseas small businesses selling to Australia are already indicating that they will no longer bother if they need to register. So in turn our economy will suffer as small retailers who may import goods from small suppliers overseas may no longer be a viable option.

        The only way would be to lobby your local pollie to reverse the decision and make them aware of the impact it will have on the small end of town. It is however an incredibly steep mountain to climb and the chance of success small.

        Remember this was all due to Gerry Harvey lobbying the government for a “level” playing field which it never has been and never will be.

        Remember our Prime minister is a multi millionaire and wouldn’t give a damn about or understand how average joe lives and struggles. He is looking after big businesses in the hope that there will be a trickle down effect of increased jobs however forgot that the underlying premise of a business is to make a profit and a saving in tax leading to a higher profit does not mean an increase in jobs. A business may use that profit to buy more machines or outsource services to overseas to be competitive and maintain these profits. These two options are much easier because a machine works 24/7, no holiday pay, no super, sickleave or work ethic problems. Same for outsourcing overseas - often cheaper and firing a person is at the push of a button on the computer. In fact it has been shown in other countries helping businesses has not led to any significant increase in jobs. Initiatives like this have already been attempted in other countries and it has been shown to be unsuccessful. Don’t be fooled. This is just a feel good policy for a goverment full of rich ex lawyers and business people.

  •  

    that's a very bad bad news.

  • +1 vote

    And now….. if anyone has used BASE.COM for CDs/Blurays….

    Sorry, we can not ship items to your country.

    •  

      They're getting in early.. Not 1st July yet..

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      That is one! The list will grow, this is going to hurt!

  •  

    so we are now retail prisoners - god save the chinese - our only retail allies.

    No wonder the government hates them so much, and wants you to hate them too…..

  •  

    Whilst this sucks, and (profanity) gerry harvey, I think a lot of people are misunderstanding.

    They seem to be saying that you can still buy from any amazon worldwide site, but you'll be charged the 10% GST. You can't compare .com and .com.au prices today because it hasn't been implemented yet. If you try to compare today you're comparing the aussie re-sellers (who mark up massively) with the normal internationals. That's not what's happening (as i understand it).

    My understanding is that the same USA sellers will ship to Australia, it's just that the sale will go through .com.au and there will be a 10% GST charge.

    It's bullshit, yes, but the prices of the actual goods shouldn't be any different.

    •  

      'They seem to be saying'

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

    •  

      I hope that is true - although I wonder why some items are showing up in Amazon Global and some are not, i'm not sure why they would part implement it…

      Also the prices of the goods are going to be different indeed - 10% different, prices that may show parity at present will soon change come July 1st

    •  

      Very true… (for Amazon)
      But the fear is it will spread. All the way down to small and medium sellers/business internationally (likes of New egg to Etsy as example). The A.T.O will just "inform" those smaller to medium sellers/business of the GST component and "ask" them to become "compliant"
      The stinging question is: What would you do if you were a small international business that sells to Australians?
      1) Work out if we a are economically viable. Update your systems. Become compliant. Increase your sale costs Australians?
      or
      2) Sorry, we can not ship items to your country.
      Honesty would you put your business at risk?

      PS. Question: Is this the begining of the reduction in price competition?

      • +1 vote

        "Question: Is this the begining of the reduction in price competition?"

        it seems very anti-consumer

      •  

        Just curious, if there was no Amazon office in Australia what could the government even do to them if they just ignored them and continued as usual?

        This has been a big question for me especially with online websites and the whole EU compliance. I mean, if the company isn't in the EU and doesn't comply, what's the worst that the EU could do?

    • +4 votes

      Nope.

      https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/05/its-official-amazon-us-we...

      https://www.businessinsider.com.au/amazon-us-will-stop-shipp...

      You won't be able to buy anything from ANY overseas Amazon store, EXCEPT less than 1% of the items available on Amazon US only which Amazon is making available on Amazon.com.au

  • +5 votes

    Personally thanks for the time posting the deal and this neg is in no way an attack for the post - I just can't seem to see the logic however in upvoting something that is going to change the retail landscape so dramatically for the worse… If I was still able to buy items as before from Amazon US then I would understand that I have to pay the extra, but if this seems correct that I can no longer purchase at all then that sucks majorly and is a blight on our current government and free trade.

    • +1 vote

      Cheers for the explanation. I'm of the same thinking, but I guess this would've happened with or without the voucher, so very very tiny silver lining?

      Hopefully the first few months will be such a nightmare that they roll it back quickly.

  • +1 vote

    92 +ve votes. How many have actually received the $20 code?

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      I received the email literally 5 minutes ago. Not sure why there was such a huge delay.

      • +1 vote

        Nothing for me.

  • +2 votes

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/amazon-to-block-it...

    well lets hope more see this and understand the implications.

    look at this way - without competition - we'll get screwed on prices.

    • +1 vote

      Yep as I thought

      'The company will also be launching a "global store", opening up access to another 4 million items previously available only on its American website.
      However, the number of products available to Australians will be only a fraction of the estimated 500 million available on Amazon.com."

      This is terrible!

      • +1 vote

        yeah that's (profanity) if true

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    Yes, I got the email today.

    •  

      Sigh, yeah, me too. :(

      I've been buying from them since 1999, my first order.

  •  

    The company will also be launching a "global store", opening up access to another 4 million items previously available only on its American website.
    However, the number of products available to Australians will be only a fraction of the estimated 500 million available on Amazon.com.

    This.

  •  

    This will be a boon for freight forwarding companies, however there is still no clarity in how the GST will be charged and by whom - say I but an item from Amazon US and forward to Shipito or Shopmate - as far as i'm aware they haven't passed legislation that freight forwarding companies collect/bill for GST - it seems like such a grey area with legislation on the run

    Saying all that - what's the consensus on the best/cheapest freight forwarder, they are going to be seeing business from me no doubt!

    •  

      This was my thought too…..but the rates these forwarders charge!!!!

  • +7 votes

    The only answers I can see for this is

    (a) make yourself a promise that you will never use Gerry's (are there other big outlets that promoted this?) stores even if the price is good.

    (b)…and here's the bigger one ATTENTION MODS that Ozbargain poll members as to whether Harvey Norman (and any other outlets involved) be barred from having deals posted….you blocked us, we block you….and yes I can't remember when a HN "deal" was worth posting but that is not the point here.

    (c) the "pissing against the wind" option (sigh) any non-Lib pollie that you happen across is to be asked if elected will you repeal the Gerry Harvey block-tax.

    IMHO a negative hit on business is the only thing these people will consider.

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      (b)…and here's the bigger one ATTENTION MODS that Ozbargain poll members as to whether Harvey Norman (and any other outlets involved) be barred from having deals posted….you blocked us, we block you….and yes I can't remember when a HN "deal" was worth posting but that is not the point here.

      Wouldn't really matter to HN. We'd miss out on the occasional steal and HN wouldn't miss many high-profit sales.

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        and yes I can't remember when a HN "deal" was worth posting but that is not the point here.

    • +1 vote

      Harvey Norman should be banned from Ozbargian, he considers us "Professional scammers" anyway

  •  

    Anything that is eligible with this voucher and at $20? Don't feel like forking out any money to use this voucher

    It's a challenge to find something low price that is eligible with this voucher

    Appreciate if some one can share

    •  

      I tried getting something for $20 or $14 plus delivery, but the coupon won't cover delivery, so I ended up getting:

      Ravensburger Colourful Spices Table Puzzle 500pc - $8.00
      Ravensburger - Busy Airport Puzzle 35pc - $9.59
      John Deere 8R Tractor Keychain - $4.44

      $8.02 after the coupon. 5% cashback too, which may be on the $28.02 total, so $1.40.

      It seemed that I'd have to pay at least $5.99 delivery to use the voucher.

  •  

    Will this affect Amazon JP? I hope not :(

    •  

      After reading that article I'm thinking it's all Amazon sites.

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        It will likely kick in when you enter the AU address. So, any amazon site.

  •  

    Why is everyone upvoting the demise of cheap imported goods from Amazon?

    • +1 vote

      awareness

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      Well partly I upvoted as it let me know this was coming (giving me an opportunity to use up my credit on amazon.com), and partly because it let me know that there was a voucher coming that I probably would have otherwise missed….. definitely not happy that this is happening though!

  •  

    The annoying thing is I have over $100 in credit on the amazon.com store - not sure what I'll be able to do with that now!

    •  

      Me too! Wonder what they will do about that. I don't know what to spend it on.

      • +1 vote

        OK. Contacted amazon. Can't transfer the credit from amazon.com to amazon.com.au but my 'feedback will be passed on to the concerned team'. Basically, after 1 July you will only be able to use the credit to buy items to be delivered somewhere other than Australia, or apparently "digital goods" like kindle books. So over the next few weeks I guess I'll be going through Amazon to see what I can spend my credit on….

        •  

          That really sucks. I was looking at a few things on there but there's so much stuff that doesn't ship to Australia or just isn't that cheap, I find it so hard to find anything worth buying. Some of the third party sellers sting you with $20+ in shipping even for small items. Hopefully there will be a few bargains posted up on Ozbargain over the next month.