According to an article published in export.gov in June 2017, over 15 Million Malaysians shop online. This is equivalent to 50% of the population of Malaysia. This did not only give way to the growth of the local ecommerce industry in Malaysia but also the entry of international online stores and popular global brands in the country. One of which is the online retail giant, Amazon.com.
No, there is no Amazon Malaysia or amazon.com.my yet in the country.
But YES, you can shop at Amazon USA even if you are ordering from Malaysia.
This article will give you tips on how to purchase, order and ship an item from Amazon USA to Malaysia. Let’s go on with our guide, so you can start with you Amazon Malaysia shopping right away.
Amazon Malaysia, how is that possible?
Amazon has not established a local online department store in Malaysia officially. Amazon.com.my does not exist, so many local consumers think they cannot purchase anything from Amazon. However, this is not true, and the fact is that Amazon USA store is becoming more popular to Malaysians.
This is made possible due to an international service provided by Amazon called ‘Amazon Global’.
This is a program especially dedicated to the purposes of making international shipping easy for orders placed on Amazon USA and currently the Amazon Global program service ships purchases to over 100 countries around the world – including Malaysia.
What can I buy from Amazon?
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world, boasting hundreds of millions of products in its warehouses in the US. But not everything listed at Amazon.com can be shipped to Malaysia.
So, what can Amazon shipping to Malaysia?
There are over 30 Million products that Amazon is able to ship to Malaysia. These collections includes clothing, jewelry, watches, shoes, electronics, laptops, computers, unlocked smartphones, books, kindle ebook readers, beauty and personal care products, pet supplies, toys, game consoles, sports and outdoor equipment, hand tools, power tool, supplements, baby products, automotive products and more.
The key to hassle-free Amazon Malaysia shopping is to know how to determine if the product is eligible for shipping to Malaysia.
3 Tips in Selecting Products that ship to Malaysia.
Keep these three tips handy to avoid surprises during check out.
Reasons to Shop at Amazon
Online shoppers can avail quite a number of advantages if they wish to go for purchasing items from the Amazon Store. While there are many, some are mentioned below.
- Unlike a large quantity of Malaysian online retail stores, Amazon.com is an international store and thus, it has a very large inventory of items, now standing at 30 Million products. You can expect to find a very wide variety of goods here, regardless of whatever you are shopping.
- As the amount online shoppers in Malaysia increases, so does the number of poor, innocent people getting scammed over the internet. For this, it becomes extremely important to manage your transactions and shop at an online store that has high credibility and trustfulness. Amazon fits this bill perfectly.
How can I pay Amazon.com?
Amazon.com accepts the following methods of payment for purchases made at its store:
- American Express,
- Diners Club (US billing address only),
- Visa Check Cards,
- Payment from your checking account,
- Amazon.com Gift Cards,
- Amazon.com Gift Card Claim Codes,
- Amazon Payments Stored Balance, and
- The Amazon Store Card.
Most credit cards issued by local banks in Malaysia will be accepted by Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon does not accept PayPal, cash on delivery, wire transfer, bank transfer, money transfer, and AliPay.
Amazon Malaysia Shipping Rates
One of the disadvantages of shopping internationally is the added shipping cost, which often times is the deal breaker. Amazon International, for its part, is transparent when it comes to its shipping cost. It provides three different methods of shipping to its Malaysian customers. These are listed below.
A. Standard Shipping
Standard Shipping to Malaysia takes 17 to 31 business days. It is ideal if you want to save on shipping fees and the item ordered is not needed immediately. Rates start at $9.98.
B. Expedited Shipping
Expedited Shipping to Malaysia takes 5 to 10 business days. It is ideal where one requires a faster transit time without spending too much for it. Expedited Shipping rates start at $19.98.
C. Priority Courier Shipping
Priority Courier Shipping to Malaysia takes 3 to 5 business days. It is ideal in cases where time is of the essence and shipping rates are not an issue. Expect to pay a minimum of $35.98 when you want your product delivered ASAP.
Amazon Global charges an additional surcharge on orders that are especially bulky, heavy and of unusual shape and dimensions. In case the additional surcharge is applicable on your order, you will be notified of this before the checkout. Surcharge starts at $8.00 and can go as high as $10.00 only.
Warranty Claims And Compatibility Issues
When you are about to place an order on Amazon Global, always keep in mind that some manufacturers may not honor warranty on goods shipped overseas. While this may not always be the case, you should be on the lookout and always go for the option of international warranty at checkout.
Furthermore, some goods such as electrical appliances with different power and voltage settings may not be compatible in your region and for this you may need to purchase separate items like power adapters, cables and chargers. Customs fees play an important role too, which you will need to look at to avoid any surprises.
Amazon Malaysia vs. Amazon USA
It cannot be denied that given the huge international popularity of Amazon as well as the increasing number of online shoppers in Malaysia, Amazon Malaysia would seem to be a very interesting venture for Amazon and an exciting offering for all online Malaysian consumers. Having said that, Amazon USA comes with its own perks and benefits as mentioned above, and until an ‘Amazon Malaysia’ portal is not setup, Amazon USA will be a very good, strong and solid choice, through its Amazon Global program, for online shoppers in Malaysia.