Being patriotic at the checkout has never been easier with our list of Australian alternatives to your favourite online stores.
You’re welcome, Australia.
With so many stores at your fingertips online you can easily fall into the habit of shopping at an international retailer. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing. We’re merely saying that there are often Australian shops that sell similar items that are just as good.
The benefits of shopping Australian are immense and include supporting the Australian economy and small businesses, being able to pay in Australian dollars (no more credit card conversion fees for you!) and getting your items delivered quick-smart and for less. If you’ve ever ordered from halfway across the world only to pay more for postage than your actual item and then have to wait weeks for it to arrive you’ll know what we mean. Some of these retailers can get you your stuff in 3 hours. Yes, THREE WHOLE HOURS.
So where can you shop instead? We compare some popular shops:
Australian sites similar to the overseas ones you buy from
|International store||Australian store/s||What's on sale||Benefits of shopping Aussie|
|Ebay||Grays Online, Bonanza||Various, all are auction sites||Grays and Bonanza are much smaller than eBay so you could end up paying less at auction due to there being less competition.|
|Amazon||Bonanza||Various, all are auction sites||Like Amazon, Bonanza specialises in rare finds. Unlike Amazon, these rare finds are in Australia so you won’t have to pay for the expensive international shipping fees that typically come from an Amazon purchase.|
|Kmart||Big W||Homewares||Kmart was born in the US and has similarly low prices to Big W.|
|AliBaba||Catch.com.au, DealsDirect, oo.com.au||Department store||The Chinese-based shopping search engine AliBaba has its closest rivals in online Australian department stores like Catch.com.au, DealsDirect and oo.com.au. The benefits of choosing these include Australian quality control and being able to pay in AUD.|
|IKEA||Fantastic Furniture||Furniture and homewares||Lovers of IKEA can find similarly priced furniture and homewares from Fantastic Furniture. Benefits of Fantastic Furniture include a lowest price guarantee, interest free finance (12-months on purchases $1000+ as opposed to 12-months on purchases $2000+ at IKEA).|
|Asos||THE ICONIC||Fashion||Like Asos, THE ICONIC specialises in on-trend affordable fashion with a high turnover. As it’s based in Melbourne, orders in metro-Melbourne and Sydney can be with you within 3 hours.|
|Boohoo||THE ICONIC||Fashion||Australian-based THE ICONIC offers similar wears to Boohoo at similar prices. The beauty is in its shipping speed, which can be as quick as 3 hours to metro areas.|
|Urban Outfitters||General Pants Co.||Fashion||Searching for trendy, street-style pieces like at Urban Outfitters? The Australian version is General Pants. Order by 2pm on weekdays and your item will be shipped that day. Express delivery comes standard on purchases of $75+. Compared to Urban Outfitters’ express delivery option which will get you your wares within 5-7 days for $40, that’s a bargain.|
|Apple||Macintosh Addict||Apple electronics||Melbourne-based store Macintosh Addict is helmed by Apple addicts, so you can rest assured that it knows its stuff. Only genuine products that work with Macs are sold here.|
|Groupon||Scoopon||Daily deals||Daily deals sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are rivaled by Australia’s own Scoopon. It offers similar flash sales on food, travel and shopping.|
|Toys “R” Us||Kidstuff||Toys||Kidstuff has been growing in Australia since 1969 and,. like Toys “R” Us, offers toys across popular brands like Disney Princesses, LEGO and Thomas the Tank Engine. It belongs to the Australian Toy Association which is added assurance that it complies with a strict code of practice when it comes to toys.|
|Ticketmaster||Ticketek||Tickets to entertainment events||Although both ticketing agents, Ticketmaster and Ticketek, have bases in Australia, only Ticketek is an Australian brand. When purchasing tickets you usually won’t have a say as to which you purchase from, but it’s interesting to know which is true blue and which is not.|
|Book Depository||Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Abbey’s Bookstore||Books||When shopping for books online, The Book Depository is a well-known name. Competing in the Australian space is Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld and Abbey’s. Generally Australian titles are cheaper from Australian retailers and flat-rate costs are imposed due to locality.|
|Fitbit||Smash Wearable||Wearables||While the Fitbit is an all-encompassing fitness tracker, Smash specialises in the game of tennis, measuring the accuracy and consistency of your technique and working to improve you with each and every game.|
|Pandora||Samantha Wills, Amber Sceats, By Charlotte||Jewellery||While Pandora has its dedicated following, hot on its heels are trending Australian jewellery designers like Samantha Wills, Amber Sceats and By Charlotte (which can be purchased from THE ICONIC). Unlike Pandora, you won’t be locked into buying specific beads to build your bracelet set but can buy whatever you choose to work with your outfit.|
|Netflix||Presto||Internet TV||Presto’s library of movies and TV series is much more skewed toward Australian shows than Netflix’s. It has a dedicated “Australian Made” genre which includes Home & Away, Ja’mie, Winners & Losers and We Can Be Heroes.|
|St Tropez||ModelCo||Beauty||Self-tan brand, St Tropez finds its Australian competitor in ModelCo. An expert in “faux glow” ModelCo offers everything you need to self-tan including how-to guides and skin care products. As a bonus, ModelCo is notorious for offering discounts and free gifts on orders.|