Will Amazon.com post to Australia

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Will Amazon.com post to Australia

I'm trying to buy a  Maha charger and eneloops from Amazon. Cart says it wont ship to Australia but they do ship to Australia. Is it a weight issue? I dont mind paying more for shipping but it wont let me checkout.

 

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Some items arent shipped to Aus by Amazon probably due to distribution rights or the like. They say something like 'Currently, the item can only be shipped within the US'. This is probably so that we can be price-gouged by the local seller. Sad Try some forwarding service like priceusa if you really have to.
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They will ship aaa eneloops but not aa. Doesn't make sense. Might buy local if I can find a reasonable price. I expect to pay more in Aus but not double!

 

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edc wrote:
They will ship aaa eneloops but not aa. Doesn't make sense.

 

As far as I can tell, it's almost completely arbitrary. Anything that has a region code or any other kind of region-specific DRM is generally a no-go (that includes DVDs, almost all eBooks and a lot of MP3s, etc). Same goes for most electronics, but not all. I think I've mentioned it before but one item I have personal experience with is the Kindle. Amazon wouldn't ship the Kindle 2 to our friends in Europe, period and we had to order one for them and re-mail it but they will happily send you a Kindle 3 to pretty much any place in the world. But you'd better not want a lighted leather cover to go along with your new toy because they won't ship those overseas (or at least they didn't when the K3 came out; from what I hear, they're no longer verboten). Go figure.

Personally, I wouldn't bother. The two reasons why I like Amazon are their customer service (which is excellent, in my experience) and speed. The latter becomes a moot point when international carriers and/or overzealous customs agencies are involved and most warranties are limited in the sense that they're only valid in the United States.

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I use http://www.shipito.com/ for my "budget" parcel forwarding

Most of the time same price or lower as sending it directly overseas by the seller

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I twice used a mail forwarding service from aramex.com and it worked well in some sellers those only shipped to the US or the UK. As far as I know, DHL and some others also have similar services. Ok, the price gets higher due to additional shipping but it's nice to have an option. 

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pipopopo wrote:

I use http://www.shipito.com/ for my "budget" parcel forwarding

Most of the time same price or lower as sending it directly overseas by the seller

^This has better options, if reliable especially Shipito Mail. 

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I could be wrong....but I've always been under the impression that the shipping restrictions are set by the people actually selling the items, which usually isn't Amazon for most electronics.

 

At least that's the only way I've been able to make sense of the randomness of it.

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I had the same issue with Amazon with some kitchenware..ended up buying through local online retailer as they are bout the same price as amazon anyway. Shipping kills the price.

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old4570 wrote:

http://shop.ebay.com/starcityenterprises/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

 

You should just check out ebay .... 

 

That price isn't bad. Thanks old4570

 

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I think you will find it is because of the plugs used on the leads are different to Australia. I have had the same problem with a few electrical items.

 

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EBay and some Aussie retailers can be cheaper than Amazon. IIRC, I got one of my C9000s from an Aussie online retailer and it was around $50. I don’t think they knew whatthey had, as all I could remember about them, was that they specialised in selling camera gear. This was around 3 years ago.