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free-shippingIf you’re an American, the prospect of free shipping when you buy online isn’t all that exhilarating. Amazon has been offering free shipping within the US forever now (in some form or another), and there are plenty of other websites that do the same. But for international shoppers, shipping is often a major pain: Items can be much cheaper on the Web than in your country, but once you factor in the shipping, so-called “killer” deals start looking much less attractive. That’s the key attraction behind some of the best websites that offer free international delivery: Suddenly, the sticker price you see on the product is exactly what you’ll have to pay (barring annoying local taxes, in some cases…).

Such websites face two issues, though: One is that they’re as rare as unicorns. The other is that once you finally find them, they’re usually not very good. So rather than present you with a roundup of a 35 so-so websites that offer free international shipping in some form, I’ve chosen to showcase just the three that are the best in their respective niches: Gadgets, books, and clothing.

For Gadgets and Gear: DealExtreme (DX)

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If you’ve ever had any sort of curiosity about stores offering free international shipping, you’ve no doubt come across DealExtreme, also known as dx.com. On the surface, DealExtreme is not much different from other sites in its niche, like DHgate. But once you dig in, the differences become apparent. One of the key risks in buying cheap items online is, naturally, the quality of the product. That’s where DealExtreme’s product reviews come in handy:

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This particular review snippet comes from the reviews for a screwdriver. Of course, just about every website has a review feature — but the trick is finding a site enough people use so that there actually are reviews for many of the items. When shipping with DX, it’s quite easy to find reviewed items, and as far as I can see the reviews seem honest and balanced. If you’re looking to buy a cheap Android tablet Why I Chose To Buy A Cheap Android Tablet [Opinion] Why I Chose To Buy A Cheap Android Tablet [Opinion] After doing a little more research than was healthy, I took the plunge and chose a tablet. One which I now own and use every day. It wasn't an iPad, or even a name-brand Android... Read More , this is a good place to look.

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DX actually has a huge catalog, with more than just gadgets and gear: You can also find apparel, home and garden goods, car accessories, and more. That said, the site is definitely geared towards the nerdy set, with a wealth of knock-off Android phones, electronics repair tools, and more.

For Books: Book Depository

From the epitome of cheap, we go to something completely different: Actual paper books, at prices which are not always cheap, but can be surprising.

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This is Book Depository, an online bookshop that prides itself on global reach, thanks to its free shipping policy. Right on the front page, you’ll find a world map where you can see what people are buying all over the world, in real time:

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If you use a website like Goodreads Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover If you enjoy reading, and like to use the Internet for finding great new reads, you may well have heard of Goodreads before: This is a superb website hosting a vibrant community of book lovers,... Read More to figure out what to read next, the Book Depository is a natural companion (especially if you’re outside of the US). For me, the solution for getting books internationally delivered for free was to simply skip delivery altogether, by switching to a Kindle. I do know that some people say that just isn’t the same — the allure of a physical dead-tree book is powerful indeed. The Book Depository offers an enormous catalog, and not all of it is expensive: For example, at the time of this writing, you can find David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas on sale for $10.30, including worldwide shipping of course. That’s not too bad — in fact, it’s cheaper than the Kindle edition (!) that currently sells for $11.99. So if you’re patient and insistent, you may be able to find some compelling deals here.

For Clothing: Asos

Buying clothes online is an art-form, really. Figuring out how something’s going to look on you (versus on a model’s body with perfect lighting) is no mean feat. If you’re up for the challenge, however, Asos is one website to check out (not to be confused with the Taiwanese hardware maker bearing a similar name). We’ve actually mentioned Asos 5 Style Websites To Buy Cheap Trendy Clothes 5 Style Websites To Buy Cheap Trendy Clothes Read More back in 2011, and the site is still going strong.

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As you can see, the prices are definitely “fashion” prices — $85 for a pair of shorts isn’t exactly a bargain-basement rate. But you can find compelling deals if you look for them:

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(That’s not a banner, by the way — that’s just a page off the site.) Asos offers compelling fashion across a wide range of categories. It may not be the best place for shoppers with simple tastes, but if you’re into brands, well, I just spotted a Polo Ralph Lauren Backpack for $280 there, off a list price of $432 ($150 of savings — not too shabby).

Are There Any More Of These?

Help me, readers: Are there any more high-quality websites offering free global shipping? Which really good ones did I miss?

Image credit: Free delivery via Shutterstock

  1. fakhar
    March 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

    i want to know about the sites like amazon from which we can get everything

    • Mohd misbah
      July 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Aliexpress.com

  2. Rodmyl I.
    January 11, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Guys, you can also check an excellent foreign shopping site: kupiku.com. Has a lot of products, ship to everywhere and good discounts. You'll not regret

  3. Taiwan Products
    December 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Introduce another interesting shopping website ttnet.net/, offer low price products from taiwan manufacturers with high quality!

  4. nadine
    December 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    good list of sites for clothing are, dorothy perkins, river island, miss selfridge, monsoon, gap, and marks and spencer to certain countries (i am in new zealand) which either offer free delivery or small charge for delivery, saying that worth checking back with them because even debenhams and river island have offered free delivery at one point i only had to order $20nz worth of stuff with river island and got free delivery, most of them do delivery now. best site for clothing sales to go on is thefashionpixie......this my dears has everything you need as soon as its available, but check on the site for delivery offers xxxx

  5. nadine
    December 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    be extremely cautious with asos i found their sale prices of river island clothing to be the same as the original price in the uk which at that time had also gone on sale for half of that price!!!!!! no more asos for me i also looked at nicca hand bags and similar story there, cant remember what the rest were but obviously not good i never went back on and never have, ripping people of is exactly what they are doing

  6. anna
    November 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Is there any kids staff (like board games, toys and so on) website with free worldwide shipping?
    Pls help! Can`t find any info((

    • Erez Z
      November 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Not that I know, I'm afraid... Seems to be a wide open niche!

  7. Linda
    November 10, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I get my books at betterworldbooks.com. They have used and new, and ship for free, even to Israel.

  8. Marie
    October 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    also
    http://www.zappos.com/
    for shoes and clothes

    is there a website from which I could order those cute things from thinkgeek, and from allposters?

  9. Anonymous
    October 24, 2013 at 2:09 am

    freepeople.com offers free international shipping on purchases over$150.00 and their clothes are awesome!

  10. Elvira
    October 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    feelunique.com offer free international shipping. They specialize in make-up, face and body care, organic and natural beauty products and some supplements.

  11. Kimdell
    October 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    *Thank you.

  12. Kimdell
    October 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Than you Erez Z! will do!

  13. Kimdell
    October 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

    This was an awesome post, thank you so much because it can be quite useful to me since I don't live in the US. Thanks also to those who commented and made suggestions, really priceless!

    • Erez Z
      October 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Glad it came in handy! One quick tip: Stay away from FocalPrice :)

  14. Nick
    July 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    There are actually many shops that deliver worldwide for free, and the list seems to be getting bigger all the time, so it is getting easier and easier to find what you are looking for. We have put together a list of shops here: http://myinternationalshopping.com/component/jreviews/tag/freedelivery/Yes/criteria:1/

  15. Passerby
    July 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, great!!!! I wish there're more sites like these. I actually wish I lived in America so that I could do my shopping through Amazon. It always seems to have great deals. Amazon does have international shipping but the cost is pretty high (I live in Thailand). I wish I could take advantage of deals on Amazon. DX looks like a great site. It has plenty of review which helps a lot. WOT also rate it as trustworthy. Please find more of these sites.

  16. Thomas
    July 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I would add http://www.freeworldwideshipping.com too. They offer a great variety of categories and their stuff is top quality (which for DealExtreme i.e. is a bit questionable)!

  17. Thulfiqar
    July 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    thanks for the information

    Yes you forgot to mention AliExpress.com :)

  18. Leah C
    July 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Glad you shared bookdepository.com. It is a favorite among book bloggers. We can host international giveaways with the prize coming from book depository. They do add a charge for shipping overseas (like to the US), but it's a small amount and much less than s&h anywhere.

  19. Oron J
    July 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Excellent post! Curiously, the Book Depository is fully owned by Amazon, but often undercuts it in terms of raw price, while delivering (worldwide) for free!
    Many books are simply not available worldwide, and the shipping costs on others are extortionate, so having the option of getting those books from the Book Depository is a godsend both for readers, and for writers who want to reach the widest audience.

    • Erez Zukerman
      July 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Wow, that's news to me -- I had no idea it's owned by Amazon. It's kind of crazy, how many things they own. Goodreads, Shefari, Book Depository... It's like anything that has to do with books online is Amazon-owned. A slight exaggeration maybe, but sometimes it really feels like that.

    • Oron J
      July 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Yep, Abe Books too...

  20. pablortega (@pablortega)
    July 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I have bought many times at dealextreme but lately I am using focalprice a lot more. It is a litle bit more expensive, but shipping times are a lot better and also customer service.
    Btw, make sure than when you buy, you buy more than 25$ that way you get a free tracking number for your shipment. If you live in a country with crappy mail this is a must.

    • Erez Zukerman
      July 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Hey, that's a brilliant recommendation, thank you! Checking it out right now, I think I'm going to get me some more magnetic cubes :)

  21. Jessica Ly
    July 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    DealExtreme? Good range of products and cheap when everything works, but good luck with their support.

  22. esorison
    July 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I must commend you on this post. I've been searching for a site to buy and ship my gadgets for free.

  23. Rk V
    July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Awesome, thank you so much for the information..!!

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