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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 have a pre order for a book that comes out in September. Does anyone know how this will affect that?

  • +2 votes

    I'd really be interested to know if Alibaba/Aliexpress is going to comply.

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      Exactly my thoughts 10 fold.

    • +2 votes

      I don’t think so since there is not an Ali AU to promote

  • +1 vote

    “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.”

    So the Australian site has 60mil products already and very little to buy, and they're opening up another 4mil products…good luck. I had hopes Amazon would grow in Australia but my opinion has well and truly turned.

    And if we use mail forwarders I presume it's the delivery courier or Auspost who will need to colect the GST. I doubt any of them are going to be spending time and resources following up declared values on shipping notes. They'll probably chuck a flat fee on it and collect the GST, so a $3k item declared at $300 is a reasonable saving.

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    The whole what will be available will be interesting.

    There are a lot of things that are not shipable to Australia, but for some reason some retailers on Amazon sneak it through ie Merrell shoes

    Will this additional lens, also stop those products.

    What about competing products that sell on both .com and .com.au
    Most of which will be cheaper through .com
    Does that mean they're screwing Australian retailers who sell through the Australian portal?

    • +1 vote

      I wonder if the US sellers will show up as $40 + $25 shipping while an AU seller may show up as $55 + $5.99 shipping, so the AU one could be cheaper, but the US one would 'appear' cheaper in the Amazon listings because the higher delivery cost is hidden.

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        Would it work the other way round?
        Like back in the day you would see listings for Brazil. Brazil had/has Import Duties: "Import Tax is 60% of the value of the goods contained in the invoice"
        "Pair of shoes: $20"….. "Shipping to Brazil: $100"
        Do we pay on the sale amount or combined amount spent?
        Would vendors make/have targeted adds for Australians?
        Is it worth there time?

  •  

    Ultimately i just want to be able to order books and movies from Amazon.com. From what i seeing this isnt going to be possible anymore? If i want to pay the 10% thats on me, but dont restrict what im currently able to purchase!!

  •  

    Got my email.

    I ordered:

    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.

  • +1 vote

    The government claim they're getting the international companies to 'pay tax' but they're actually getting them to 'charge tax'. Deceptive as usual.

    It just means Australians will be paying GST on a larger proportion of their orders. Not just the local ones, but the international ones too (at least from websites which comply). It's true that it will make local suppliers marginally more competitive, so it will help local suppliers a little.

    Recently I bought some 'Adidas Powerlift 3.1 Mens Black Weightlifting Shoes' when Ebay had 20% off all shoes. I checked Amazon and Ebay, and a UK Ebay seller turned out to be the cheapest. So I got shoes delivered from UK for cheaper than Australian prices. Though come 1st July, I guess Ebay will add GST to that UK seller's prices, so I would be forced to pay more and buy locally.

  • +4 votes

    This is only going to make things worse for those of us who import bargains. Amazon Australia won't get any better a as a result of this, it's just another example of our country going backwards.

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    Why can't we use Shipito or another freight forwarding company to get around this?

    • +1 vote

      You can, however they are now also charging GST on <$1000 purchases see here

      You're also going to be paying much more in shipping costs and won't know those costs until they get to the freight forwarder, which kind of makes the final price a lottery…

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        I don't Shipito and MyUS have said that they are going to charge GST

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          If it doesn't charge GST, then it will be held at customs until you pay the GST..

          Good luck arguing with customs about how much the package is worth.

  • +1 vote

    Shopmate (Australia Post) freight forwarder now have on their website that they will be charging 10% gst for declared value on items under $10000 https://shopmate.auspost.com.au/our-rates/shipping-rates

    So they've even got the freight forwarders as well as the online stores to potentially charge GST

    Now the question will be, will Amazon block purchases being sent to those addresses?

    'Please note that all charges are exclusive of GST.
    GST: By law from 1 July 2018, Australia Post will be required to collect GST from customers and pay that GST to the Australian Tax Office, on items valued at $1,000 AUD or less, that customers ship into Australia using ShopMate.

    From 1 July 2018, each time you check out a ShopMate parcel and declare the value of the goods, you will be asked to provide payment for your ShopMate shipping and the applicable GST all in the same transaction^.
    The rate of GST is 10%.

    GST will be payable on:
    The value of the item(s) you are shipping into Australia via ShopMate including any shipping fees or local taxes paid to the USA retailer, and
    The value of the ShopMate shipping and service fee (including Extra Cover if applicable)'

  • +1 vote

    I did what every kid does when he gets $20 bucks off amazon, I went and pre-ordered Deadpool 2 4K bluray.

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    Has anyone contacted Amazon.com to clarify any of this? I just spoke to online chat and they indicated that what is in the email isnt correct. That you will still be able to access amazon.com after 1st of July. Now its completely possible they have no idea i realize. But they were quite adamant about it.

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      online chat don't know shit…

      just watch the news..
      what's reported is more likely to be fact checked.

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    I just brought a keyboard from Amazon usa $33 AU delivered here in Amazon Aust $101.36 + $19.98 Delivery

    just (profanity) how we get screwed by company's to Aussies … and our government wants to tax us… get screwed all ways..

    • +1 vote

      I dont have a huge issue with the gst part. we all knew it was coming. Would have been nice for it to be capped at an amount rather than everything but it is what it is. i just dont want my buying freedom to be effected because of the legislation.I dont see that as being in any way fair.

      •  

        LOL
        it was capped at an amount.
        below $1000 was exempt from GST.

        Once you went over $1000, Amazon US still charged the GST.

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    What if someone in the US wants to send something from a US Amazon account to their 'nephew' in Australia? Is GST charged on that?

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      no GST on gifts. But Americans will not be able to send anything from Amazon US to Australia

  •  

    Had a look at B&H Photo and they have nothing on their website about Australian GST

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone else received one of these $20 vouchers yet?

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      I got mine earlier today, like 1-2 days after this post was initially made.

  •  

    Looks like Newegg are charging GST but are still shipping to Australia

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    anyone found anything worth buying for the $20 shipping kills most thinks i look at

  •  

    There may be a silver lining. eBay says they will collect GST on behalf of the government for overseas purchase. If Amazon is going to compete seriously with eBay, I suspect they will need to re-consider their restriction

  • +2 votes

    Where is mine? Goddamn it I have bought a fair amount of shit from Amazon US.

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    Shame for those that bought an Alexa.

  • +3 votes

    I never received that email with the $20 voucher

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      Same

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        Im starting to wonder about the legitamacy of the email. I contacted Amazon US and they knew nothing of it. Now i know that their support guys sometimes know jack or try to hide things but seems odd. Dont get why some are getting the email and most arent. One would assume that everyone would at least get a email, even if it didnt include the $20 promo.

        •  

          i got the email my promo code works just cant find anything to use it on

        •  

          @stevednj48:

          If you've got no use for it let me know :)

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    Back in the day you would see listings for Brazil. Brazil had/has Import Duties: "Import Tax is 60% of the value of the goods contained in the invoice"
    "Pair of shoes: $20"….. "Shipping to Brazil: $100"
    Do we pay on the sale amount or combined amount spent?
    Would vendors make/have targeted adds for Australians?
    Is it worth there time?

  •  

    has anyone actually got the voucher?

    • -1 vote

      yes i got one

      • +1 vote

        I see. Strange though that quite a few haven't received one

        •  

          Only received mine this arvo so looks like these are taking awhile for some.

  • +2 votes

    What are people spending the voucher on? I see lots of junk, and lots of overpriced stuff.

  • +1 vote

    I never got that email and therefore no coupon.

    •  

      Only received mine this arvo so looks like these are taking awhile for some.

  • +2 votes

    Amazon AU might become the next Masters

  • +1 vote

    The Australian Amazon website is garbage because it has about 2% of what the American website has.

  • +1 vote

    Are people going to use freight forwarders from now on?

    Which ones can people recommend?

  •  

    Can this be stacked with the $20 new user voucher?

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    Received mine today so for those who haven't received one yet keep a look out for it.

  •  

    Should note that the offer is valid until 31st December 2018. So have a bit over six months to use it.

  •  

    hmm never got one. Wonder what the selection criteria was.

    •  

      Thought I missed out as well but got the email yesterday arvo so looks like it's taking awhile to send them all out.

      •  

        What was the subject line of the email if you don't mind me asking?
        I tried searching for any email in the last month from amazon but couldn't find anything.

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          "Changes to international shopping on Amazon from 1 July 2018"

  • +1 vote

    Still haven't received any voucher…pfft Amazon, nice way to treat some of your customers!

    •  

      It's been marked as targeted so bit unfair to neg the deal just because you didn't get it

  •  

    hi, i only just came across this information about the july 1st restriction on ordering globally [rock - live under - yes] and have been reading this thread with interest. i never received any email from either my UK or US accounts.

    as i had no reason to disbelieve this information i decided to contact amazon US via online chat but have been told there was never any such email and intimated any voucher was possibly phishing or from a third party. after some more back and forth i was additionally then told that amazon australia was offering a voucher, not amazon global/us and i needed to contact them instead. i know amazon aus have a generic voucher of $20 off minimum spend for new customers but this does not seem to be the same voucher mentioned in this thread.

    has anyone else also not received the email but has had any luck getting one of the amazon sites [us, uk or aus] to acknowledge it?

    cheers

  •  

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Mother-Original-24-x-500mL/dp/B07D... Worked for this, $21.10 after discount w/ prime. Not bad for 24 cans…