Amazon South Africa – How to buy At Amazon.Com from South Africa

One of the Africa countries that Amazon delivers its items to is South Africa. Its obvious there is no dedicated (local) store for Afrikaners, you can order for items on Amazon using the Amazon Global Program and Use Freight Forwarder for items not available to be delivered to South Africa. Read on to figure out HOW

Here are the different ways by which you can buy at Amazon:

The Amazon Global Program

–         Shopping Through the Amazon Global Program

–         The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

–         The Import fee deposit

Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery

Amazon Customer satisfaction result

The Amazon Global Program

To be able to combine items that can be delivered internationally Amazon runs a program called “Amazon Global”. With this program, Amazon.com is fit to take orders from international countries outside the U.S. which include South Africa.

–         Shopping Through the Amazon Global Program

This link will take you to the separate page where the search box filter is automatically set at “International Shipping.” As you search for items you will observe several filters on the left column of the webpage. After you’ve found what you want to order you’ll have to confirm if the product is available to be shipped internationally, this you can confirm by checking the “product details.”

–         The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

Below are the present shipping speed and rates charged by Amazon for deliveries to South Africa:

Your cost is calculated by adding the “Per shipment” cost and the “Per Item”. In the case of item listed as terms of price per pound, check the weight on the item’s detail page to get the cost of  “Per item” cost.

Standard Shipping: Is the basic shipping method and the cheapest amid the three options. With this method, you can expect your items to be shipped to South Africa within 10-14 days. Although, standard shipping is only accessible to limited categories of products.

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Books, VHS videotapes $6.99 $6.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $6.99 $4.99*
**Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $6.99 $4.99
**Baby, Toys $6.99 $3.99/lb
**Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Shoes $6.99 $3.49/lb
**Luggage $9.99 $4.99/lb
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

Expedited shipping: This is the most popular option because of its affordable rate and for a fair transit time. The approximated shipping time to South Africa is 8-16 days.

Product Category

Per Shipment*

Per Item

Books, VHS videotapes $13.99 $6.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $13.99 $4.99*
**Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $13.99 $4.99
**Baby, Toys $13.99 $3.99/lb
**Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Shoes $13.99 $3.49/lb
**Luggage $13.99 $4.99/lb
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

Priority Expedited shipping: The transit time for this option is 2-7 days. This is the best option for those who are ready to spend more for delivery in order to receive their purchased items faster.

Product Category

Per Shipment

Per Item

Books, VHS videotapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $39.99 $9.99*
Automotive, Computers, Electronics, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys $39.99 $4.99/lb
Luggage $39.99 $5.99/lb
Kindle or Kindle Accessories $19.99 $10.00
Any combination of the above items Highest applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

–         The Import fee deposit

In order for your items to be successfully processed there is an estimated (deposit) fee called Import Fee Deposit which you must pay. This fee is charged based on the customs law of Indonesia. If the actual Import Fees are less than the Import Fees Deposit collected by Amazon, they will automatically issue a refund of the excess and if the fees are more than the estimated amount, Amazon always charge the shortage.

Buying Items Not Available For International Delivery

I understand that some products are not available to be shipped internationally. That’s why we’ve come up with this section that talks about importing items not available to be ship internationally through the Amazon Global using the service of Freight Forwarders.

 What Freight Forwarding does

Freight forwarders are service companies that provide virtual USA shipping address to people shopping online and are not based in USA. They provide the address that can be used when ordering at an online store, and after the order is shipped to this address, the company will then forward the item to your actual address.

We are sure there are more than enough of freight forwarders, but the one I’ve personally used in the past is Shipito.com. They’ve proved to me to be the most reliable among them.

How Shipito works

If you’ll like to use the service of Shipito, which I recommend. First you’ll create an account with them on shipito.com, after your account is confirmed and good to go, you’ll be provided a unique USA street address (Shipito monitors this address). The address provided will you use anytime you want to import item using Shipito. And once your order as been processed you will be notified by Shipito to commence the delivery of your item to your own real address. Your items may be delivered to New Zealand within 3 days, that depends on the shipping method you choose using the freight forwarders.

Amazon Customer satisfaction result

A new report from ForeSee reveals that Amazon is once again the most popular online destination with regards to customer satisfaction. The store that claims to have everything from A to Z is no stranger to being in first place in the online shopping survey as they have earned the honor for eight straight years.

 

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