If you’re not excited about Shipster, here’s why you should be

Mia Steiber 10 October 2017

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If you hate paying for shipping fees when shopping online, Shipster is a service that you need to know about.

It was announced today that Australia Post has launched a new service. It's called Shipster, and it's something the Australian market has been needing for a long time.

It's a subscription shipping service – pay an introductory rate of $9.95 to join and you can get free shipping at over 40 different sites whenever you spend $25 or more. And when you consider that confirmed Shipster stores like Myer, Cotton On and Bobbi Brown all charge upwards of $9 for standard shipping, it's a pretty good deal. The subscription essentially pays for itself after just one order.

For anyone planning to do their Christmas shopping online, this could be a big savings opportunity. However, it is only available for those in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to ensure Shipster can deliver in a timely fashion.

The timing of the launch is strategic, giving us the ability to trial the service during the busy Christmas shopping period.

Australia Post chief executive, Christine Corbett, said, “We know our customers love to shop online and this Christmas, we expect more gifts to be bought online than ever before.

“We’re predicting the busiest year for online shopping we’ve ever seen at Australia Post.

“Shipster lets you shop with confidence knowing that there will be no surprises at the checkout."

After 1 January, the introductory rate of $9.95 ends and Shipster will cost $6.95 a month. And if you're a big online shopper, this is still excellent value! Plus you get free delivery on one Deliveroo order per month.

If this service sounds somewhat familiar to you, it's because it's similar to Amazon Prime, the shipping subscription service that we'll hopefully get access to when Amazon finally launches in Australia. Amazon Prime in other markets costs $100 a year and gives the subscriber access to super-fast, free delivery. Amazon Prime is insanely popular and there are some estimates that over 60 million American households have signed up to the shipping service.

Shipster seems to be one way that Australian retail is arming itself in preparation for the launch of Amazon here in Australia, which is happening sooner than expected. It might even happen this month as some reports suggest.

Whatever the reason, the online Christmas shopping experience for many Australians is about to get easier and more affordable. Click through to the Shipster website to see which stores are currently a part of this subscription service.

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