March 15, 2011 extended to May 15, 2011, Amazon UK is offering free shipping to Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa. If you are from any of the four mentioned countries this is exciting news. Before you order away, there are some conditions that you should be aware of.
First, free shipping is offered only on those products that are eligible for Super Saver Shipping. Eligible items will say "eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping …" next to their price.
Second, free shipping is possibly applicable only on books, music and video. This is not very clear on Amazon’s website. Consider this ambiguous statement on Amazon.
One way of interpretation is: “all eligible items” qualify for free shipping. Books, Music, DVD and Video “also qualify”. The other way of interpreting it is only Books, Music, DVD and Video qualify as eligible items.
The only way to find out which is right is add items to your cart and proceed to checkout. Enter your address and see whether shipping charges are waived off. If not, you can simply cancel the order.
Update: I got in touch with Amazon. Their customer service sent a very generic reply explaining how Super Saver Shipping is applicable only for products that show the Super Saver Shipping message. Nothing about books or DVDs was mentioned. Draw your own conclusion.
The third condition is that you have to place order for at least £25. This is the total value of your shopping cart for Super Saver Shipping eligible products, and not the price of a single product. That means you can place order for a £10 and a £15 product and avail free shipping, provided, both the products are eligible for the Super Saver Shipping offer.
So that’s a lot of fine print, but these conditions were always there, not specifically imposed on Indian or Australian or New Zealandian or South African customers.
If you have any questions, checkout the FAQ that Amazon put up.
Also remember, this offer is only from Amazon UK and not Amazon.com. So beware on which Amazon site you place your order.
Amazon free shipping is already available in US, UK and a host of European countries – Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Andorra, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Vatican city and Poland. But this is the first time the service was extended to the far east countries.