With FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping, you will receive free shipping Singapore if your order includes at least US$125 of qualifying merchandise, excluding the Import Fees Deposit, gift-wrap charges, duties, and taxes. Most products shipped using the AmazonGlobal Program that are sold by Amazon.com are eligible for AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping.
According to the webpage, offer does not apply to
- Items larger than 45.72cm X 35.56cm X 20.32cm (18″ X 14″ X 8″) or over 9.07kg (20 lbs),
- e-documents, software downloads, digital music,
- Kindle devices and accessories,
- gift cards.
Why buy from Amazon.com
Because books published in the USA or certain electronic goods (especially computer accessories) are cheaper if purchased directly from Amazon, provided it comes with free shipping. Take for example the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Solid State Drive (SSD) – it costs US$164 (SG$238) on Amazon. But the same item can easily cost over SG$300 if purchased from a retail store in Singapore. I actually purchased this item from Amazon and was shocked by drastic difference in prices.
How to know if an item qualifies for FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping
You need to first open an account at Amazon. Once that is done, click on ‘Your Account’
and then under ‘Settings’, click on ‘Manage Address Book’.
You need to then enter a Singaporean address as your default shipping address.
Once the above is done, whether an item is available for FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping can easily be seen from the product page. For example, the following product, Kindle 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display is available for free international shipping for a combined order totalling at least US$125. In other words, if you purchase this product (US$79.99) and combine it with another eligible product in a single order (total cost of at least US$125), you will get to enjoy the FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping.
It is also possible to view only items that are eligible for FREE shipping to SG by applying the following filters when searching for your product.
Step 1. Search for your product. E.g. “LED torch”
Step 2. Check on the the “Ship to Singapore” filter on the left hand side of the page.
Step 3. Further apply the “Free International Shipping” filter on the left side of the page.
The list should now contain only items which are eligible for FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping. The last step is to ensure that your order contains items which total at least US$125 in value.
Checking out and payment
Once you have added at least US$125 worth of eligible items into your shopping cart, it’s time to check out and make payment. In my example, I have added three eligible items which add up to US$129.10 (click on image to see details).
Three important points should be noted:
- Make sure you select “FREE AmazonGlobal Saver (averages 9-14 business days)” as the delivery option.
- Payment currency should be in USD rather than SGD since Amazon does not offer an exchange rate more favourable than most credit cards in Singapore.
- Orders above S$400 will incur GST. To get around this, simply separate your items into several orders such that each totals less than S$400.
Usually, it takes around 2 weeks to ship and deliver, but actual delivery time varies depending on the availability of the products and the speed of delivery of the different merchants. The items will be delivered right to your doorstep and if you are not at home, a failed delivery notice will be left on your door and you can pick up your parcel from the nearest post office the next day.
That’s it folks! Stay tuned for more reviews and articles.