Amazon Australia: Everything you need to know

What does Amazon Australia sell cheaper? How long will you have to wait for Amazon Prime down under? How can you sell your own stuff through Amazon? All your questions answered.

What is Amazon?

Amazon is a US-based online retailer that started in 1994 selling books online. It has expanded massively over the years, now selling everything from its own branded tablets to washing powder to garden tools and pretty much everything in-between to a global audience. Australians have long been able to shop on Amazon.com, but 2017 has seen Amazon massively expand its Australian presence. Here's what you need to know to be a powerhouse Amazon Australia shopper.

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Do I need an account to purchase something from Amazon Australia?

Yes. Amazon manages all of its customer sales via an account, which is free to set up and incurs no ongoing charges. So you'll need an account to buy from the site. If you have an existing Amazon account for the US, UK or elsewhere, you can use the same login details.

What kinds of products will Amazon sell?

Amazon's expanded range includes clothing, baby items, beauty products, books, music, homewares, sports/fitness goods, stationery, toys, electronics and video games.

When I buy from Amazon Australia, who am I buying from?

It depends what you're buying. In some cases, you will be purchasing from Amazon's Marketplace sellers which are independent small businesses. However, Amazon is also shipping goods directly from its own warehouses, including its own branded line of low-cost products, AmazonBasics range.

How do I pay for purchases on Amazon Australia?

Your account is linked to a purchase method which needs to be a credit card or debit card. You can edit this payment method at any time in your Amazon account.

While Amazon has experimented with bricks and mortar retail stores in the US, there's no sign of such plans in Australia, and in any case, it operates on digital cash only. There's no way to pay with physical cash, and that's not likely to change.

Will I still be able to order through international Amazon sites?

With the rollout of new laws governing GST on overseas purchases in July 2018, Amazon changed its policies regarding Aussies accessing international versions of its site such as Amazon US. From 1 July 2018, Australians trying to access international Amazon stores will be redirected to Amazon Australia. Those international stores won't deliver to Australian addresses either, so simply using a VPN to get around the geo-block won't do much good.

Shipping and delivery

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is Amazon's subscription shipping service. It comes with numerous benefits such as access to Amazon Prime Video, but the key attraction is paying $59 per year to enable low cost or free shipping on all orders. Orders fulfilled by Amazon itself also benefit from a guaranteed 2-day delivery.This is slightly different to how Amazon Prime works in the US, where the promise is next-day delivery, but US subscribers also pay significantly more for their Amazon Prime subscription.

Amazon has even taken Prime a step further in the US with Prime Now. Customers can pay an additional US$7.99 and receive their purchases within the hour.

Is Amazon Prime available in Australia?

At launch, Australian customers didn't have access to Prime, but on 19 June 2018 Amazon finally rolled out the service on Aussies shores.

How long will deliveries from Amazon Australia take?

This will depend on where you live, what you're ordering and what you're prepared to pay. Priority delivery is available on the same day in capital cities, and within 1-3 days to many other locations. If you spend more than $49, you can qualify for free delivery, which will taken 3-10 days depending on your location. Here's the full breakdown:

LocationPriority speedPriority costExpedited speedExpedited costFree delivery speedCost
Sydney1 business day$9.992-3 business days$5.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Melbourne1 business day$9.992-3 business days$5.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Brisbane1 business day$9.992-3 business days$5.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Adelaide1 business day$9.992-3 business days$5.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Canberra1 business day$9.992-3 business days$5.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Perth1-2 business days$11.992-3 business days$7.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
Major cities in NSW, VIC, SA1-2 business days$11.992-3 business days$7.993-7 business daysFree for orders $49+
All other areas1-3 business days$19.993-7 business days$9.997-10 business daysFree for orders $49+

Amazon Marketplace sellers have the option to sign up for Fulfilment by Amazon, which will mean Amazon handles all the seller's deliveries from their Melbourne warehouse. This could allow for quicker delivery time. However, signing up to this isn't compulsory. Check delivery times and costs with each seller before you make your purchase.

Where will Amazon Australia ship from?

Amazon is a retailer, but the secret to its success has long been its mastery of supply chain logistics, which sounds all kinds of impressive, but is basically just a fancy way of saying "they know how to efficiently ship stuff". For long-term customers using the US site to shop from, you'd be aware of the higher shipping costs to Australia in cases where Amazon would ship, or the even higher prices some shipping agents would charge to be middlemen in the equation.

Amazon has opened a fulfilment centre in Melbourne's Dandenong South for the shipping of goods across Australia. That's not a retail location, though, so don't make any plans for a family shopping trip. Interestingly, while physical goods will come from Melbourne, the Australian operation will actually be run from a head office in Sydney.

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What is Amazon Marketplace?

Amazon sells products it warehouses itself, but it also opens up its infrastructure for other merchants to retail through, including advertising of products through Amazon, financial transaction management and even use of Amazon's warehouse facilities where suitable.

Which businesses will be able to sell on Amazon Australia at launch?

According to the email sent to sellers, any seller which has passed the Seller Identity Verification will be part of the testing phase and should be prepared to receive orders from Thursday, 22 November.

How do I sell on Amazon?

Selling on Amazon's Marketplace simply involves signing up on Amazon's website. We've written a full guide on what you need to know about selling on Amazon Australia here.

How much does Amazon Australia charge its sellers?

The following fee structure is in place for sellers on the Amazon Australia Marketplace:

  • $49.95 fee to list products on Amazon.com.au
  • 6-15% commission fee on top of sales. This fee is determined by the type of product you're selling.

How many products will Amazon sell?

A precise number of the product offerings for Amazon Australia is all but impossible given that it's not only launching its own retail offerings but also Amazon Marketplace locally. That could inflate the sheer number and range of products Amazon is offering through its local site markedly. One thing is certain, and that is that Amazon is unlikely to enter the local market with anything less than a significant splash.

Will Amazon also be selling its own products?

Yes. Amazon is selling its own branded goods, including the Kindle line of ereaders and tablets, as well as its own "AmazonBasics" line of self-branded low cost products covering everything from AV connection cables to exercise equipment.

Will Amazon affect local retail jobs?

One of the more contentious issues with the entry of Amazon into the local retail scene is the likely impact on retail jobs. In the US Amazon is a retailing giant and its impact on retail jobs has been quite marked, especially as the company favours automation over long-term staff hiring for most of its shipping tasks.

That being said, while Amazon has launched in other global markets, its effect in those places has been less pronounced than in its home market. Equally, while it may affect some bricks and mortar retailers, the possibilities for merchants selling through Amazon Marketplace could open up new job opportunities for some retailers.

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    paulMarch 27, 2019

    I see on USA amazon sites 2 movie DVDs that I can’t find/buy anywhere else. Is it possible to buy these DVDs from Australia “Maurice” & “God’s Own Country”? Thanks, Paul.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnMarch 28, 2019Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      The items you mentioned could be purchased in Australia if there are sellers who would be posting it for the Australian Market. For now, you could check if the US amazon seller ships internationally for you to be able to purchase these items. Upon checking the Amazon AU website, “God’s own country is available at $14.69. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    lidiMarch 11, 2019

    Hello, I can not log into my Amazon account online. Just signed up with Amazon Australia, including the free trial of prime for 30 days. Every time I try to sign in I am told my password is not correct so then I opt for a code to be sent to my associated mobile no. I use this code & then a msg appears which says the page is not supported & gives me a link to the Amazon home page, which I then use only to go through the whole process again. Please help.

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaMarch 11, 2019Staff

      Hi Lidi,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder.

      I’m sorry to hear about the problem you are having on accessing your Amazon account. I’m afraid I don’t have access to Amazon’s website or their database to look up your information, but I believe this will be best resolved by directly contacting Amazon instead. Their customer support would for sure be happy to assist you.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    LouiseMarch 6, 2019

    Missing parcel. Can you please help?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaMarch 6, 2019Staff

      Hi Louise,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      If your parcel is missing, you would need to first check the status of your order. You can do this by logging into your Amazon account online. From there, you should know whether your parcel has been delivered or not. If it says the parcel has already been delivered but you haven’t received it yet, then I believe the best way to solve this problem is to contact Amazon directly.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    RobFebruary 23, 2019

    Why won’t my Amazon app update?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaFebruary 25, 2019Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      While I can’t tell you the exact reason why your Amazon app won’t update, I can suggest that you check your Audible App. In most cases, Amazon app won’t update if you don’t install the Audible App first and keep it active.

      If this doesn’t solve the problem, you might want to directly get in touch with Amazon’s app developers.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JOHNDecember 1, 2018

    I AM LOOKING for D.V.D.s and C.Ds of GERARD JOLING (Holland).

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi John,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      You may check the selection of DVDs and CDs of Gerard Joling by logging in directly to Amazon Australia’s website. Once there, you may type the item you are looking for via the search bar located at the top of the website. Just follow the steps required up until you complete the purchase. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    HughNovember 21, 2018

    I live in the UK. I have an amazon UK account.
    I want to buy Gifts for Xmas from Australia amazon and send to Melbourne Australia.
    Can I do that, if yes, how ?

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseNovember 21, 2018Staff

      Hi Hugh,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      Yes, you can buy from Amazon Australia even if you’re registered with Amazon UK. You simply go to Amazon Australia’s website and you should be able to use the same login details you use for your Amazon UK account. You don’t have to create a new one.

      Please note that if you are going to use your debit/credit card from your UK bank in purchasing, Amazon will need to convert your money using their own currency exchange rate.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    PeterNovember 5, 2018

    I wish to purchase the complete DVD series of “Sharpe”.
    Complete series [15 films] 8 DVD Box Set.
    Price of the box set ??
    Where do I send my cheque To Amazon, for payment.??
    Delivery address: 13 Gilbert St. CLAYTON BAY STH. AUSTRALIA 5256

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      You would need to visit the Amazon Australia website and place your search via the search bar located at the top of the website. For the accepted payment methods, You may use a debit/credit card, a checking account, gift cards and other online payment methods which you could check once you are ready to checkout your purchase. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    HuskyOctober 5, 2018

    What about returns and refunds for fault goods and change of mind.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 5, 2018Staff

      Hi Husky,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Yes, Amazon does have a returns policy which includes refunds for faulty items and change of mind or in Amazon’s dictionary Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee. Most of the items sold over Amazon has a 30-day Amazon.com Return Policy. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    HuskyOctober 5, 2018

    What happens if you need to return the item for some reason.how does that work and do you get a refund
    Husky

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 5, 2018Staff

      Hi Husky,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      You can return many items sold on Amazon.com. When you return an item, you may see different return options depending on the seller, item, or reason for return. After you’ve followed the prompts in the Online Returns Center once you log in to Amazon.com:

      Prepare your package for return.
      Pack your item securely, inserting any paperwork that was included when you requested your return from the Online Returns Center. If you don’t have the original product packaging, use a sturdy box and include padding such as packing bubbles or newspaper. Attach your return label to the package.

      Ship your return based on the return shipping option you selected. Once done, there is a tracking system that will advise once the item is back with the seller. Once received, your refund will be processed back to you.
      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    BarbaraSeptember 26, 2018

    How do I open account

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      JoelSeptember 26, 2018

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      If you’ve never ordered on Amazon.com.au or any other Amazon website, you can create an account or your account will be created when you place your first order, and your information will be saved in our server. You just need to follow the prompts in creating an account and you will be done in a few minutes

      You can access your account anytime by clicking on Your Account at the top of each page. Please always use the same e-mail address and password to log in to Your Account. You don’t need separate accounts for different devices or computers.

      After creating your account you’ll be able to:

      – Check Your Order history
      – Modify your open orders (delivery and billing address, payment method, delivery option, etc.), as well as track your orders
      – Change your 1-Click settings
      – View Gift Card balance
      – Update Your Recommendations and Your Public Profile
      – Leave reviews on products

      I hope I answered your question. Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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