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33 minutes ago, elgenon said:

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.

 

Could be different answers to that:

 

--If you mean Amazon.com in the U.S., then yes, they accept debit cards as a payment method for U.S. customers.  I believe they'll also accept a foreign debit card for delivery to a foreign address via Amazon Global.

 

--If you mean Amazon based on other countries, I'd imagine so, but you'd need to check.

 

--But even if the Amazon you want to use does, not all Thai bank debit cards are friendly toward online purchase transactions, if you're meaning about getting a Thai debit card. So best to check with your bank about the card's use for online purchases.

 

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2 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Could be different answers to that:

 

--If you mean Amazon.com in the U.S., then yes, they accept debit cards as a payment method.

 

--If you mean Amazon based on other countries, I'd imagine so, but you'd need to check.

 

--But even if the Amazon you want to use does, not all Thai bank debit cards are friendly toward online purchase transactions, if you're meaning about getting a Thai debit card. So best to check with you bank about the card's use for online purchases.

 

As always a thoughtful and thorough reply. Appreciated. You answered questions I didn't know to ask.

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1 hour 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.

 

I'm pretty sure Amazon U.S. will ship Kindles for delivery to Thailand via Amazon Global.  But in addition, the B2S store upstairs at Central Chidlom also stocks them, albeit, at a considerable price premium.

 

Don't forget, Amazon Prime Day, which usually has substantial discounts on Amazon hardware, is coming up shortly in mid July.

 

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2 hours ago, possum1931 said:

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

 

Amazon has created a whole section of their U.S. website just for their products that are global shipping eligible. Makes it easier shopping for Thai/intl residents when you don't have to sort thru all their U.S. only content.

 

https://www.amazon.com/b?node=230659011

 

 

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5 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Amazon has created a whole section of their U.S. website just for their products that are global shipping eligible. Makes it easier shopping for Thai/intl residents when you don't have to sort thru all their U.S. only content.

 

https://www.amazon.com/b?node=230659011

 

 

But I'm from the UK.

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Just now, possum1931 said:

But I'm from the UK.

 

It all depends on the details and where you're residing.

 

Amazon has their own retail site for the UK, as I'm sure you'd know.

 

I know the U.S. Amazon site, via Amazon Global, will deliver to Thailand.  I don't know if their UK site has a comparable program, since I'm NOT from the UK.

 

But, my wife here in Thailand created an account on Amazon U.S., linked it to her Bangkok Bank debit card and her Thai address, and is able to order from Amazon U.S. from their Global shipping catalog.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

It all depends on the details and where you're residing.

 

Amazon has their own retail site for the UK, as I'm sure you'd know.

 

I know the U.S. Amazon site, via Amazon Global, will deliver to Thailand.  I don't know if their UK site has a comparable program, since I'm NOT from the UK.

 

But, my wife here in Thailand created an account on Amazon U.S., linked it to her Bangkok Bank debit card and her Thai address, and is able to order from Amazon U.S. from their Global shipping catalog.

 

 

OK, thanks for your help.

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17 hours ago, Mattd said:

If it is being delivered via a means that uses the global shipping program, then all the customs payment is made at the time of ordering, the duties are normally an overestimate and Amazon will refund if it is less.

That's correct. I've used Amazon a bit in the last week or so and so far haven't paid extra customs/tax fees. Some items came within a week and one I'm still waiting on at 3 weeks. I also ordered an item from China (private company, not Alibaba) and received the small package in 2 days.

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I believe amazon guarantees you won't pay more than the import deposit. I have ordered many times, happily at that. Had just one surprise so far when the truck showed up from DHL for extra fees I had to pay on the spot which were pretty stiff. I contacted amazon who were not happy to hear this and promptly refunded me for it, sight unseen. Their customer service is outstanding.

 

I remember the days before before Amazon when I would have things shipped to Thailand manually. Learned very quickly DHL/UPS/FedEx completely ream you, sometimes charging more to receive a package than it did for the person to send it to you. Huge ripoffs every single time. Immediately switched solely to use USPS which is much better. Some packages come in with no fees at all, but they sometimes add large customs fees randomly and arbitrarily, though not as bad as the others. But now with Amazon they take care of everything, there is no hassle or ripoff scams, you know the price up front, and it's smooth sailing to your door.

 

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13 hours ago, elgenon said:

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.

Yes, you can use your Thai Bank debit card.

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1 hour ago, canopy said:

I believe amazon guarantees you won't pay more than the import deposit. I have ordered many times, happily at that. Had just one surprise so far when the truck showed up from DHL for extra fees I had to pay on the spot which were pretty stiff. I contacted amazon who were not happy to hear this and promptly refunded me for it, sight unseen. Their customer service is outstanding.

 

I remember the days before before Amazon when I would have things shipped to Thailand manually. Learned very quickly DHL/UPS/FedEx completely ream you, sometimes charging more to receive a package than it did for the person to send it to you. Huge ripoffs every single time. Immediately switched solely to use USPS which is much better. Some packages come in with no fees at all, but they sometimes add large customs fees randomly and arbitrarily, though not as bad as the others. But now with Amazon they take care of everything, there is no hassle or ripoff scams, you know the price up front, and it's smooth sailing to your door.

 

I have had the same experience as you describe. We all need to keep in mind that we choose to live here in Thailand and can't get many items that are available to us in our home country.

Over the years, I have had many item delivered via the post with no customs charges. On the other hand, I have had many items with custom charges due. 

I have also had customs charges levied on items that I know are customs exempt. I have had items that the customs fees are 10% and been charged 30%. There is no arguing with the post or private carriers as they couldn't care less if you accept the package or not.

For me, not going to the post office and dealing with the above issues is a huge plus. I will gladly pay Amazon's estimated customs fee knowing that if it is over actual, I will get an automatic refund. Plus.. you can't beat Amazon's customer service.

 

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33 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

I have had the same experience as you describe. We all need to keep in mind that we choose to live here in Thailand and can't get many items that are available to us in our home country.

Over the years, I have had many item delivered via the post with no customs charges. On the other hand, I have had many items with custom charges due. 

I have also had customs charges levied on items that I know are customs exempt. I have had items that the customs fees are 10% and been charged 30%. There is no arguing with the post or private carriers as they couldn't care less if you accept the package or not.

For me, not going to the post office and dealing with the above issues is a huge plus. I will gladly pay Amazon's estimated customs fee knowing that if it is over actual, I will get an automatic refund. Plus.. you can't beat Amazon's customer service.

 

I second that: Amazon customer service is outstanding, quick and extremely customer oriented. 

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2 hours ago, canopy said:

I remember the days before before Amazon when I would have things shipped to Thailand manually. Learned very quickly DHL/UPS/FedEx completely ream you, sometimes charging more to receive a package than it did for the person to send it to you. Huge ripoffs every single time. Immediately switched solely to use USPS which is much better. Some packages come in with no fees at all, but they sometimes add large customs fees randomly and arbitrarily, though not as bad as the others. But now with Amazon they take care of everything, there is no hassle or ripoff scams, you know the price up front, and it's smooth sailing to your door.

 

Even in these days of Amazon, getting reamed not out of the realm of possibilities.  I tried to order a $10 microwave popcorn bowl from Amazon, and the duties and delivery fees were going to be $50, bringing the total to $60.  So that was a non-starter.

 

At the time, Lazada's search function didn't return any results at all.  I ended up ordering one from AliExpress, and it was $10 all-in.   I actually hedged my bet by ordering 2 from different vendors.  One arrived in a week, the other arrived in 2 or 3 weeks, both with no additional fees on delivery.

 

My point being that it's going to vary on a case by case basis.

 

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22 hours ago, Dario said:

No need to wait for the outcome until Thursday. I've been told by UPS that there is NO CHARGE whatsoever, I only will have to sign for receipts. That's it.

The first raquet has just arrived at my door step with Kerry Express. It's Tuesday, July 10 12:45. Two days before delivery estimate. No damage, nothing to pay. Impressive! Another one for my daughter is underway as well with UPS. Ordered last Friday late afternoon, arrived less than 4 days later. No wonder Jeff Bezos is so rich. Presently world's #2.

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3 hours ago, Dario said:

The first raquet has just arrived at my door step with Kerry Express. It's Tuesday, July 10 12:45. Two days before delivery estimate. No damage, nothing to pay. Impressive! Another one for my daughter is underway as well with UPS. Ordered last Friday late afternoon, arrived less than 4 days later. No wonder Jeff Bezos is so rich. Presently world's #2.

Bezos is number one...and by a significant margin.

 

https://www.forbes.com/profile/jeff-bezos/

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