Amazon Greece – Amazon Global Program for Greece

Amazon GreeceAccording the 2012 study conducted by ECommerceEurope, Greece placed second among top emerging European countries in terms of online shopping. This is not surprising though since it is very apparent that Grecians are becoming more aware of the convenience of online shopping. However, most Grecians tend to purchase online from out-of-the-country-based online shops since, as compared to other more developed countries such as the United Kingdom, the e-commerce market in Greece is still in the development phase.

One of the most favorite online stores globally is Amazon.com. Sad to say, it does not have a local presence in Greece. Stated otherwise, there is no Amazon Greece or an Amazon.gr. As an alternative, Grecians shop at Amazon UK.

However, did you know that Amazon.com (Amazon USA) also ships to Greece? How? Read on.

 

What is the Amazon Global Program

Amazon is able to ship internationally through it program called “Amazon Global.” A page at Amazon.com is dedicated for International Customers where all the items that are available for global delivery are listed and sorted out.  So, the first thing you have to do is to proceed to this link, to see what Amazon Global is all about.

Aside from taking orders from non-US based customers, Amazon also offers reasonable rates to ship the items to Greece. These rates are discussed fully below. Not only that, Amazon also undertakes to represent you when clearing your orders in your local customs office. Amazon charges you with what the call “Import Fee Deposit” that is appropriated for paying the duties and taxes relevant to the importation of your orders to Greece. This will save you so much time and effort. All you have to do is to order, pay and wait until your purchases reach your address.

 

Search and Buy Through the Amazon Global Program

In order to avoid frustrations, remember that when purchasing at Amazon, you have to be sure that the item is available for global shipping. You can do this by three (3) ways.

  1. Click this link; this would take you directly to Amazon Global page where the product search box is automatically filtered at “International Shipping”.
  2. Check the filters positioned at the sidebar of Amazon webpage. Look for the the option “Amazon Global Eligible” and tick the small box before it.
  3. In the alternative, proceed to the description page of the product you wish to find and see if this sentence appears: “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.

 

About The Delivery/Shipping Rates And Times

After making sure that the item may be shipped to Greece, the next thing you have to consider is whether shipping your prospective purchase is more economical than when you buy an alternative for that item in Greece or a Europe-based online store. Listed below are the different shipping methods and rates you can avail of.

If you are concerned about an extra cost for delivery, the Standard shipping method could best fit your requirement. If you select this method, your orders will reach Greece within 13-31 days. Do note, however, that this option is available only for a limited category of products.

If you are concerned about an extra cost for delivery, the Standard shipping method could best fit your requirement. If you select this method, your orders will reach Greece within 13-31 days. Do note, however, that this option is available only for a limited category of products.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, VHS videotapes $3.99 $3.99*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $3.99 $2.49*
Any combination of the above items $3.99 As above

With its decent delivery time frame to Greece (9-16 days) and affordable rates, Expedited Shipping has gained popularity among Amazon Global users. The table below will show you why.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books, VHS videotapes $9.99 $5.49*
CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Music Cassettes, Vinyl $9.99 $2.99*
Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $12.99 $4.49
Shoes $14.99 $4.49/lb
Automotive $12.99 $2.49/lb
Toys, Pets $12.99 $4.49/lb
Electronics, Home, Computers $12.99 $3.49/lb
Personal Care, Sports $12.99 $3.99/lb
Kitchen $12.99 $2.99/lb
Baby $12.99 $3.99/lb
Luggage $14.99 $5.99/lb
Any combination of the above items $12.99 As above

Now, if budget is not an issue but a fast transit time is very decisive on whether you’ll make the purchase or not, why not try Priority Courier shipping. Delivery from Amazon USA to Greece takes about 2-5 days.

Product Category Per Shipment Per Item
Books $21.99 $8.99
Software, Video Games, CDs, Music Cassettes, Vinyl, Blu-ray, and DVD $21.99 $2.99
VHS videotapes, Jewelry, Watches, Clothing Items $29.99 $5.99*
Shoes $29.99 $4.49/lb
Computers, Electronics $29.99 $2.99/lb
Luggage $29.99 $4.99/lb
Automotive, Baby, Home, Personal Care, Kitchen, Outdoor Living, Sports, Tools, Toys $29.99 $5.99/lb
Kindle or Kindle Accessories $14.99 $5.99
Any combination of the above items Highest Applicable per-shipment charge As above

 

Shopping Items Not Available For International Delivery

It is frustrating when you find the exact product you’ve longed for on Amazon and it is not available elsewhere, and unfortunately, Amazon does not ship the item internationally. Will you just let it go? No, you should not, especially if you have no other alternative! There is always solution to every problem, you can address this problem by availing the services of Freight Forwarder.

 

 What can Freight Forwarding do for you?

Basically, Freight forwarders are service companies that provide virtual USA shipping address to non-US based online shoppers. They provide a US shipping address that can be used when ordering at an online store, and when order is shipped to this address, the company will then forward the item to your actual address.

 

How does the process work?

Before we proceed with the steps, we remind you to be careful in selecting your freight forwarder as some companies charge excessive fees and do not offer any discount on postage to Greece. To be sure, we recommend you to use the services of Shipito, which in our opinion is one of the best in the industry.

Here’s how it goes:

  • Register an account with Shipito and choose a membership plan. You can select a per-shipment plan which is best for one-time transactions only or a monthly plan for those who see the need of shopping at a US-based store more often in a given month.
  • After the confirmation of your account, Shipito will send an email message welcoming you to their services and providing you with unique virtua USA street address. The address will look like this:
Your name 
Suite # (box number)
Torrance, CA 90503
  • Once you receive the address, you can start using the same as your shipping address when purchasing at any US online store.
  • The online store of your choice will then deliver your item, not at your address in Greece, but to your Shipito virtual address.
  • What will Shipito do then is to confirm with you of the arrival of the item at your virtual address and upon payment of appropriate shipping fees, Shipito will forward the item to your address in Greece.

 

Warranty Issues that You Have to Consider

When warranty is an issue to you, make sure that your online store honors warranty despite the item being sent outside of USA. Some manufacturers offer international warranty while others expressly prohibit the sending of the item outside of USA, otherwise the warranty will be avoided. To be sure, check on the terms and conditions of you purchase.

Amazon, being the largest online store in the world, could be beneficial to Grecians who wishes to order some of Amazon’s items. Enjoy Shopping! If you have any comment, suggestion or any experience on Amazon Shopping, share it with us below.

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