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Amazon Launches an International Shopping Experience

Dave Parrack 17-04-2018

While American readers will be used to ordering whatever they want from Amazon and getting it delivered quickly, things are slightly different outside of the United States. Some countries have their own local Amazon site, and others don’t even have that.


This can make it impossible to order items from Amazon. It’s either literally not possible, or the shipping costs 20 Online Shopping Sites With Free International Shipping Plenty of online shopping sites offer free international shipping. Which can save you a fortune when shopping online. Read More and hoops you need to jump through mean it’s not worth your while. Which is why Amazon has launched the International Shopping Experience…

Amazon’s International Shopping Experience

The International Shopping Experience is a feature exclusive to the Amazon Shopping App on Android and iOS. It essentially lets customers from countries outside of the U.S. shop on the U.S. version of Amazon without worrying about the costs involved.

There are millions of items on Amazon that can be shipped to countries such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Peru, Thailand, and Uruguay. The problem is working out the costs involved.

Amazon’s International Shopping Experience lets you see what items are eligible to be shipped to your location, and displays clear pricing, shipping costs, and an estimate of import duties. And you can choose from five languages and 25 different currencies.

In a press release, Samir Kumar, VP of Amazon Exports and Expansion, said:


“We are always innovating on behalf of our customers, and with today’s launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the US. Customers have been asking for a way to easily find and shop only for products available to be shipped to them. The International Shopping experience solves this customer need and makes it simple to browse, shop and ship more than 45 million products to over a hundred countries around the world.”

Anyone downloading the Amazon Shopping App from one of the aforementioned countries will automatically see the International Shopping Experience. Everyone else will need to go to the settings, find Country & Language, and choose International Shopping.

Making Life Easier for Shoppers

This makes absolute sense for everyone involved. Amazon is likely to add new customers from different countries, and those customers get to shop on Amazon without having to worry about unexpected costs being added on afterwards.

If you’ve got all the way through this article before realizing it doesn’t apply to you, don’t worry, as MakeUseOf has you covered. Perhaps our ultimate guide to shopping on Amazon The Amazon Shopping Guide This free Amazon shopping guide outlines everything you need to know to make the best use of Amazon and secure the best deals. Read More will be of use. Alternatively, there are better ways to shop on Amazon 10 Better Ways to Shop on Amazon Save money and shop better on Amazon with these sites and tools. This list will show you how to get the most out of every purchase when shopping on Amazon. Read More .

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  1. Sofisuhail
    April 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome staff again.

    I love to read your articles because they are very much informational.

    Keep writing and sharing.

  2. Buster Smith
    April 18, 2018 at 6:17 am

    So what?
    All the US companies have been snooping on us since the internet began!
    Microsoft up all you have been doing in your life while downloading...
    Google the folks' privacy and have done a global stocktake for Maps...steal all your info with lame excuses...partially bankrolled by CIA..who get all info..and...boyght a stake in Nintendo ended up with folk looking for BS, but unwittingly photographing all our homes and towns...and as for the crafty devices which pick up everything said at home...that folk are too stupid to catch onto..and PAY for them...and no...I do NOT have
    Russuans..Chinese blamed for cyber crime..don't make me laugh....thwy are amateurs.....American Government the orofessionals!

  3. David W. Fitts, Sr.
    April 18, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Totally wrong. I live in the Philippines and after reading this article, installed the Amazon app for Android. It is not set up for the Philippines and under "Countries and Languages" there is no option for international shopping. I added items to the cart and shipping costs were higher than the cost of the items.

    • Yelena
      April 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Try! For 2 years now I live & study in Ukraine - a really tough country for international shipping and I've been shopping through them in US, Germany, had some orders from UK, Amazon - you name it. No matter where you need to shop, you get an address and they reship your purchases to you.