I've only bought a couple of books from Amazon. It was easy and I felt secure with my purchase. These books were out of print and I could only source through Amazon. My experience is a positive one, however, that pretty much exhausts what I've bought from the site.
I've purchased a ton of ebooks from Amazon, but I had never purchased a physical item from the company until this year, when I bought a dog barrier and dog mat for my car. All was good, couldn't be happier.
Yes. All the time! Particularly when we lived in Belgium and Germany - stuff in the shops there was prohibitively expensive and it often worked out at least half the price to buy them from Amazon UK and pay the shipping. Now I'm back home in England, I find things on Amazon that I just can't find in the shops and they deliver right to the door. Plus I have always found their customer service to be excellent.
yes of course I have!
I am hopeless when it comes to spending, I buy things I want and as someone once said, I get my WANTS and my NEEDS mixed up.
However I had problems last time i tried to buy on Amazon as it would not let me buy the item as I was not in the US. I havent bothered going back since then and always find somewhere else, preferably local, or even Asia on Ebay, as they are fast and postage much more reasonable.
Not all products on Amazon are sold by Amazon, but instead via personal sellers, similar to ebay. I'm betting the product you wanted was being sold by an American seller who refused to ship to Aus. Too bad really, it's only a loss for the company as a whole.
Or it could have been because of customs restrictions, tax complications or licencing laws - sometimes companies price things differently in different countries and don't allow people to sell them outside their country. All things that are out of the control of both the seller (if it was a marketplace item) or Amazon!
thanks to both of you for your replies. At the time, I decided it was far easier anyway to buy in Australia as postage jumped dramatically (as it also has done here in Australia!) However, I am going back a number of years;
I now find I generally do not need to buy from US.
Only exception are some pills my dog is on to halt blindness. they are $186 in Australia, and just US$80 = $A120 in US and he needs them the rest of his life. I need to find somewhere to buy them in US
I tried to order something from Amazon a few years back and after putting in my Australian address I was informed I could not buy from my country so I never went back. I heard they have Aust amazon now and had a look but nothing I wanted. Always buy off ebay though and never had a problem.
I really loath purchasing from Amazon. Just find the pricing more expensive than Ebay. However after saying that, one of my daughterscwas bemoaning the fact that my husband had thriwn out a game she loved when she was in her early teens so I decided it would make a surprise birthday present just before Christmas. I had searched everywhere imaginable on the web but to no avail. Last was Amazon and lo and behold, therecwas the game, only 2 available, brand new and in original packing. Only downside was that the postage from the USA was almost double the price of the game but as it was something she had wanted for the last 20 years I was happy to buy it.
no, but have bought from Book Depositry often in the past, but I believe this has been bought out by Amazon, but I could be wrong.
We seem to find good books in charity shops now, and are surprised by some of the recent editions. Just found a Peter Carey 'His illegal self ' which we loved, but i think if you weren't aware of the geography of it you wouldnt like it perhaps. I loved the characters, especially the young boy $6.50.
I have bought through Amazon on probably about 10 occasions. I have never had a problem, except that some items won't ship to Australia. When my last parcel arrived the box was very long and I couldn't remember ordering anything long. I could feel something slide from one end to the other. The box was sent on Boxing Day from the USA and was here within the week.
I have since learnt that Amazon warehouse staff are not treated very well and have seen a documentary showing they wear a computer on their arm that instructs the staff member exactly what to do to for optimal results. In effect- human robots.