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BANGKOK 24 February 2019 11:49
Dario

Amazon shipping to Thailand incredibly fast!

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It's a horrible company both to work for and supply. There are tons of fake goods on Amazon and Bozos doesn't care. Fake goods actually competing with real goods and driving original mfgr out of business. Not a wit cared.

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1 hour ago, johnjohn2 said:

 

This monitor I bought it listed on JIB but for a slightly higher price. This was factoring in the shipping costs and everything else. I really like knowing the entire cost and will use Amazon again for items which i cant find here in Thailand.

 

 

I'll usually buy from Amazon when either:

1. the item simply isn't available at all in Thailand, which for me is most of the time. or...

2. the item via Amazon including shipping is substantially less in price than the Thailand option.

 

However, when the total price with Amazon vs. the Thailand price are close or about the same, I'll try to buy locally. Especially for expensive things where a warranty might come into play. Because, things bought and delivered here via Amazon likely aren't going to have any warranty outside the U.S., unless the item specifically carries a worldwide warranty (which seems pretty rare).

 

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Very good point on the warranty TallGuy. One which was a factor in my decision to buy my monitor as well. In my case the warranty is covered as well as support locally for service.

For high end items I think this should be something everyone should weigh in and consider before they make a purchase.

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6 hours ago, johnjohn2 said:

Very good point on the warranty TallGuy. One which was a factor in my decision to buy my monitor as well. In my case the warranty is covered as well as support locally for service.

For high end items I think this should be something everyone should weigh in and consider before they make a purchase.

 

So the monitor you bought from Amazon came with a worldwide warranty that would include service/repairs if needed in Thailand?

 

If you don't mind, what monitor brand via Amazon comes with that type of warranty?

 

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Warranty is covered through ASUS. Yes I know most times you are told go back to Amazon. I contacted ASUS directly with inquiry before my purchase.

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Has anyone had recent experience with receiving goods from Amazon in Thailand? 

  

In the past I've had problems receiving shipments from the US (not Amazon) and don't want to risk the same again. 

   

I've had two shipments that never arrived and another that incurred high Customs duties. 

  

In this case, I'm considering running shoes in a large size that's s very difficult to find in Thailand. 

   

Thanks much in advance for any comments. 

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"I've had two shipments that never arrived and another that incurred high Customs duties" 

 

And still you are going for it again ? 

 

General rule is anything sent via any type of courier will incurr "ransom" its better with standard usps service and then its pot luck dependent on declaration and who picks it up on the day. (IME).😁

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I've been buying regularly from Amazon for more than a year now ... All shipments whether global shipping or expedited shipping came through in not more than 7 business days. Never had a single problem. They take care of all duties and taxes and the shipment comes right to your door - and I live in the boonies in rural Isaan. You even get refunds on any excess duties you they may have originally estimated but ended up not paying. I also use Planet Xpress for product I can't get from Amazon and when comparing shipping costs, Amazon wins hands down. If I could buy everything from Amazon,. Would not use Planet express. Amazon benefits from scale. It's no surprise Amazon is where it is relative to any other retailer. They just can't be beat. They are too big now and have economies of scale no one else can match. That said, you do need to be careful if what you buy from Amazon since there are now a ton of shady sellers on Amazon. See how many people have bought the product and read the reviews especially the negative ones. I for one am a huge fan of Amazon ... Have been since 2001... Did a strategy review of Amazon in 2005 and predicted, at that time, that nothing could stop this juggernaut ...

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Thanks very much DineshR. Your comments are exactly what I needed to know. 

   

Do you know what shipping carrier they use for Thailand? I've had problems with "USPS Priority" in the past and wouldn't trust them again. 

  

Thanks for any additional comments. 

 

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In my experience with Amazon this past year, for the standard Amazon Global shipping, they use something called I-Parcel which gets delivered to the post office. It is certainly slower than their Global expedited shipping which you have to pay extra for. However, the expedited shipping in my experience usually comes via UPS or DHL and I think one time that it did come via Fed-ex but all the other times, they shipped it UPS or DHL which comes right to your door.

 

The standard global shipping arrival estimate is longer than the expedited shipping as expected but interestingly, almost 100% of the time, it comes way earlier than what they promise - usually less than 7 working days. When you check tracking, you will see almost no movement for a few days and you are wondering what's going on but then towards the end you see a string of activity and within 2 to 3 days it's arrived. The expedited shipping comes within 4 to 5 working days. You must however, factor in Thai holidays and weekends when trying to predict when you can expect your product. Best time to order something is over the weekend so that shipping gets an early start Monday morning.

 

I should mention that when things get shipped via UPS, DHL or Fed-Ex, you can be certain to get taxed with either VAT or customs duty depending on the item(s). However, with the slower Global shipping or with USPS Priority Mail (which I use via Planet Express), if the value of the item(s) are less than around US$100 you typically don't have to pay VAT or duty. So, I usually ship via USPS with Planet express and use the slower shipping method with Amazon to lessen the overall duty/tax burden. 

 

I've done this dozen's of times and I now avoid DHL/UPS/FedX. 

 

Another thing with USPS. You can track it and it will show when it arrives at your amphur post office. I usually go to the post office to pick it up directly as if I wait for it to come, it will take another 3-4 days before it shows up at the moo baan post office. But I've yet to lose a USPS shipment for now going on almost 15 years (11 years in Bangkok and 4 in the sticks).

 

 

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Thanks again for the additional information.
 
Since their Global Shipping merges with the Thai Postal System, that sounds too risky to me.  Twice in the past everything tracked good on the US side but vanished when it reached Thailand (TiT).  I think I'll request FedEx or UPS - more expensive but it is door-to-door under their control with no Thai Postal involvement.
    
About your warning on the dealers on Amazon, the only comments I can find are on the product itself, no reference to any vendor other than Amazon.  Does Amazon ship directly from their own stock on some items (Running Shoes?) or only through 3rd party vendors?
 

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I can't see any risk with Thai post involved. If the package gets lost from any carrier then Amazon will refund you for everything. They also take care of anything stolen or damaged in transit. The risk is all theirs.

 

Amazon guarantees you won't pay more than what they estimated for duties. This means DHL and so on can no longer scam you out of extra money to receive a package. I've ordered many a package from Amazon and they've arrived with all sorts of carriers with Kerry being the most common. One time DHL, one of the biggest scammers of all, tried to add some extra fees. I contacted Amazon and they took care of it and said they would make sure it wouldn't happen again and it hasn't, hooray. I am so happy not to have to deal with these outrageous scamming carriers anymore which was so often a problem when I used to self ship things. Back in those dark days sometimes accepting a package cost more than shipping it. With Amazon you know the cost upfront and there are no surprises. And as some say, refunds for predicted duties are common, though usually small.

 

Of course one shouldn't try to import restricted items; chemicals, weapons, etc.

 

For me Amazon makes sense for things I can't get in Thailand or things in Thailand with very high price markups.

 

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