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Online shopping internationally – How to ship to Australia?

By tooltime - 23 September 2015 11

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Gday Rioters,

I’m looking for a straightforward solution to a newer style of first world problem.

I’m looking to buy something from an overseas based website (US) that doesn’t ship internationally…How do I get around that? (I can’t source it locally).

Are there businesses out there who one can pay an additional freight charge to as a way of overcoming this? I think this will be very big business for transport & logistics companies into the future.

Thanks

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11 Responses to
Online shopping internationally – How to ship to Australia?
farnarkler 6:28 pm 27 Sep 15

I’ve used priceusa before and they’re not bad.

rosscoact 7:10 am 26 Sep 15

watto23 said :

rosscoact said :

watto23 said :

Another one I use is http://www.hopshopgo.com/ which i believe is owned by paypal if that gives you a better sense of security. It will be interesting to see if use of these kinds of mail proxy services bypass proposed changes to GST on imports….

Hey good one. Does it work with Amazon?

Sorry for the late reply. I’ve only ever used hopshopgo for Amazon. I usually go for the free shipping. These mail proxy places are usually quick, but always allow a few days extra for them to receive the package and then you need to log in and pay for shipping to Australia. Hopshopgo also will bundle multiple parcels together for shipping to Australia for a fee.

I actually got a swiss army knife from amazon and Adobe premiere on special from the US, because both are generally geo priced and in the swiss armyknife case, not available in Australia.

Nice. There’s a heap of stuff I search that Amazon have great prices on and/or simply are not available here but they won’t ship to here. It almost seems like a daily occurrence. It won’t be long before I use it.

Which swiss army knife BTW?

watto23 2:38 pm 25 Sep 15

rosscoact said :

watto23 said :

Another one I use is http://www.hopshopgo.com/ which i believe is owned by paypal if that gives you a better sense of security. It will be interesting to see if use of these kinds of mail proxy services bypass proposed changes to GST on imports….

Hey good one. Does it work with Amazon?

Sorry for the late reply. I’ve only ever used hopshopgo for Amazon. I usually go for the free shipping. These mail proxy places are usually quick, but always allow a few days extra for them to receive the package and then you need to log in and pay for shipping to Australia. Hopshopgo also will bundle multiple parcels together for shipping to Australia for a fee.

I actually got a swiss army knife from amazon and Adobe premiere on special from the US, because both are generally geo priced and in the swiss armyknife case, not available in Australia.

Phend 1:42 pm 25 Sep 15

I’ve used http://priceusa.com.au a bunch of times. Always had a good experience.

tooltime 3:26 pm 24 Sep 15

Hi,

My original post came about when DHL quoted me ~$AU400 for two pairs of shoes sent to Canberra from Oregon, US…seems at the current exchange rate plus freight these types of purchases are not that prudent economically unless you’re happy to pay overs…

Aragornerama 10:17 pm 23 Sep 15

Shopmate is very unreliable (google reviews if you doubt my wisdom). Shipito is great, though.

rosscoact 3:38 pm 23 Sep 15

watto23 said :

Another one I use is http://www.hopshopgo.com/ which i believe is owned by paypal if that gives you a better sense of security. It will be interesting to see if use of these kinds of mail proxy services bypass proposed changes to GST on imports….

Hey good one. Does it work with Amazon?

watto23 2:26 pm 23 Sep 15

Another one I use is http://www.hopshopgo.com/ which i believe is owned by paypal if that gives you a better sense of security. It will be interesting to see if use of these kinds of mail proxy services bypass proposed changes to GST on imports….

rosscoact 12:21 pm 23 Sep 15

I’ve used shipito.com for years to overcome vehicle parts distribution restrictions.

Zohra 12:02 pm 23 Sep 15

https://shopmate.auspost.com.au/

Just make sure you don’t fall foul of regulations as to what can be sent from the US – I believe food items aren’t allowed.

Ezy 8:02 am 23 Sep 15

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