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Amazon shipping to Thailand incredibly fast!

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4 hours ago, Lammbock said:

I notice that the import tax is quite high on Amazon orders.

Generally it depends on how things are shipped.    Using UPS, DHL, FedEx etc., especially if they claim to be providing some sort of global shipping service, they will gouge you on the shipping cost and the amount they choose to charge you for customs clearance.  Quite often you have to prepay customs duty, so it is the shipper who decides on the amount.

 

If the same thing can be sent though the post office you may or may not charged customs duty and, if you are, it is almost always a good deal less than the shippers decide you should pay.

 

Any time I see Global Shipping Program on eBay or Amazon or other seller, I look for another source from whom to buy.

 

 

 

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You mean you actually got Amazon to deliver to Thailand? Or is it only the more expensive things they ship out?

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2 hours ago, mfd101 said:

As an alternative, you can always use their Kindle for Mac or Kindle for PC software, which comes free. I've been using the former for several years and have some 1500 books in the Kindle cloud to which I have access as I choose on my MacBook Air.

Thanks for your reply, I am aware of those methods but I have used Kindles for years as has my wife.  Frankly for pure reading nothing beats a kindle paper white, the screen is perfect for me.  I was enquiring because if I have to replace it it would be good to get it direct from Amazon to here.

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46 minutes ago, Suradit69 said:

Generally it depends on how things are shipped.    Using UPS, DHL, FedEx etc., especially if they claim to be providing some sort of global shipping service, they will gouge you on the shipping cost and the amount they choose to charge you for customs clearance.  Quite often you have to prepay customs duty, so it is the shipper who decides on the amount.

 

If the same thing can be sent though the post office you may or may not charged customs duty and, if you are, it is almost always a good deal less than the shippers decide you should pay.

 

Any time I see Global Shipping Program on eBay or Amazon or other seller, I look for another source from whom to buy.

 

 

 

If you buy from a legit source they will declare the amount paid on the customs declaration.

If it's over $100. and delivered by any carrier including the post, they will charge you customs fees.

With Amazon or eBay Global Shipping, the fees are fixed. The postal service, UPS DHL etc.. you are at their mercy.

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4 hours ago, BEVUP said:

The idea of IT is to protect an industry in one's country against cheaper imports of the same product 

The idea is to get money.

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4 hours ago, BEVUP said:

Does Thailand make tennis rackets ?

 

 

I don't know about tennis rackets. But they sure do make rackets!

 

The country is full of them, right up to the highest reaches.  :dry:

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8 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

If you buy from a legit source they will declare the amount paid on the customs declaration.

If it's over $100. and delivered by any carrier including the post, they will charge you customs fees.

With Amazon or eBay Global Shipping, the fees are fixed. The postal service, UPS DHL etc.. you are at their mercy.

 

I was shopping on Amazon lately looking at a hardware item my wife couldn't find locally in Thailand and wanted for her work.

 

Amazon was selling the couple pounds item for about $50, a reasonable price. The combined shipping and customs duty quoted by Amazon Global was going to be another $100 or so beyond the purchase price.

 

I could have arranged to have the same item shipped from the U.S. to Thailand for about $30 and probably paid no duty on it.

 

There absolutely are more economical ways of shipping things to Thailand, especially if you have a presence/address in one of the countries where Amazon does domestic business.

 

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18 minutes ago, fantom said:

Thanks for your reply, I am aware of those methods but I have used Kindles for years as has my wife.  Frankly for pure reading nothing beats a kindle paper white, the screen is perfect for me.  I was enquiring because if I have to replace it it would be good to get it direct from Amazon to here.

Lazada stocks them at similar prices the 8th gen model shown here sells for $70 on amazon plus duties

 

https://www.lazada.co.th/products/amazon-all-new-kindle-8th-gen-2016-e-reader-ebook-ereader-i229351224-s350773472.html?search=1

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1 hour ago, Suradit69 said:

Generally it depends on how things are shipped.    Using UPS, DHL, FedEx etc., especially if they claim to be providing some sort of global shipping service, they will gouge you on the shipping cost and the amount they choose to charge you for customs clearance.  Quite often you have to prepay customs duty, so it is the shipper who decides on the amount.

 

If the same thing can be sent though the post office you may or may not charged customs duty and, if you are, it is almost always a good deal less than the shippers decide you should pay.

 

Any time I see Global Shipping Program on eBay or Amazon or other seller, I look for another source from whom to buy.

 

While I understand your reluctance, it's often a simple math equation.  Add it all up, and which one is going to cost more?  It gets a little more complicated when you toss in the certainty of actually getting your goodies, whether you value the time you may have to spend going to the Thai Post office (often, not the one close to my home) to get your goodies released, and whether anyone else even sells the goodies into Thailand. 

 

For the same reasons you just mentioned, I placed over 50 orders with Lazada and AliExpress before I broke down and tried Amazon on an item the other guys just didn't have.  The first one went so smoothly, I order about 1 in 4 of my items through Amazon nowadays.  Some because they're not available through Lazada or AliExpress, some because the Thai vendors seem to enjoy gouging me on stuff that's not indigenous.  Never been disappointed with the Amazon experience, though I sometimes feel a little violated with the all-in cost.  But that's one of the trade-offs of living in Thailand.  Buying imported stuff is going to hurt.

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

If you buy from a legit source they will declare the amount paid on the customs declaration.

If it's over $100. and delivered by any carrier including the post, they will charge you customs fees.

With Amazon or eBay Global Shipping, the fees are fixed. The postal service, UPS DHL etc.. you are at their mercy.

I can assure you I buy from legitimate businesses and they declare the appropriate values on parcels. Courier services are allowed to charge and collect customs duty on behalf of Thai Customs and will always charge the maximum (plus some service fee).

 

I've lived here a couple of decades so I don't need your advice on what I know to be true. Couriers set the customs to be collected since they usually charge the amount before the items leave the overseas retailer. If things are sent via the post office the duty is levied in Thailand. While $100 can be a tipping point, I have received things with a declared value over that amount that have passed customs without charge. And couriers will charge you for clearing customs whatever the amount.

 

As an example, I used to order clothes from Land's End in the US. They sent things by mail. About 20% of the time I had to collect the item from the post office and pay customs duty. More often the post office delivered the item to my condo with no additional charge.

 

Then the US Land's End switched to some shipping service that pre-charged customs and used a courier. At that point the shipping and customs charges came to close to 150% the cost of the clothes regardless of whether the total was over or below $100.

 

I switched to Land's End in UK. They still send parcels through the post office. The shipping costs are very low and again, I am charged customs duty at the post office about one time out of five (and Land's End UK deducts the VAT added in their catalogue prices).

 

And that is only one of many examples.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Dario said:

Yes, Amazon ships to Thailand, not only expensive things, everything across the board, but with exceptions, as someone already quoted. Their support is excellent, if you encounter a problem! Some online retail "giants" in Thailand can learn from Amazon. You first register with Amazon with your Thai address and your credit card and when you then browse their offers, you will see if they send that particular item to Thailand you can see a breakdown of shipping cost and import taxes in Thailand, see here an example:

 

 

amazon order sample.png

It may be a dumb question but can you buy with a debit card? As a tourist (3 months) I'm told that's all I can get.

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46 minutes ago, BangkokSausage said:

Lazada stocks them at similar prices the 8th gen model shown here sells for $70 on amazon plus duties

 

https://www.lazada.co.th/products/amazon-all-new-kindle-8th-gen-2016-e-reader-ebook-ereader-i229351224-s350773472.html?search=1

Thanks for that, it looks as though Lazada has reduced its price to a more sensible level since I last checked.

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Thanks for that, it looks as though Lazada has reduced its price to a more sensible level since I last checked.

 

Yeah me to it was your post that go me curiose so I'm ready to order one after losing mine a while ago

 

Only a 2 week warranty but thai post will refuse a lithium battery if you try to claim on Amazon

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2 hours ago, Suradit69 said:

f the same thing can be sent though the post office you may or may not charged customs duty and, if you are, it is almost always a good deal less than the shippers decide you should pay.

 

It pays not to burn all your bridges, but that also means quid pro quo on your part. I just purchased some items on amazon - should arrive on July 12  (in US) according to their latest update. They will then be repackaged and sent to me with a "happy birthday" note on the package.

 I do not ship expensive items but so far they have always went direct and no duty charged..

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