I have recently discovered something interesting while shopping online on Amazon.com . It is probably old news for frequent online shoppers, but i think it is a good tip that everyone can benefit from. I will explain more in the following review.
In a previous article : Online shopping solutions for Ruwais i have mentioned the SnS service. While that service is crucial for online shopping from around the world, i mainly use it to shop from USA, on amazon.com. The SnS warehouse from USA is in state of New York, and all sales (including online shopping) are subject to a specific 8.875% local tax. What can we do to avoid those taxes ? We can change our freight company, we can select to buy from other sellers or we can have our orders delivered directly to our country.
Still, If you like shopping from amazon.com with SnS, i guess that you also tend to get the FREE Super Saver Shipping option on your purchases. So we are willingly accepting to wait 7-10 days to have the order shipped to our USA freight address in order to not pay additional shipping charges. Then we accept to wait another 4-5 working days to have Aramex deliver the package to our UAE location.
While SnS may be great and convenient, on average we will wait more (minimum 13-17 days) and spend more for our orders (because of New York sales taxes)
My new online shopping secret is the correct setup of your UAE address on your amazon.com account, and requesting direct UAE shipping at checkout. Amazon Global Expedited Shipping (averages 8-16 business days) costs as much as Aramex charges you per pound, but it may be faster on average. For international shipments your seller should transform into : Amazon Export Sales, Inc.
My previous shopping errors with my UAE address were all because the Street Address was not inserted properly. Only specify details as they request below the input fields.
My preferred payment method is credit card. I advise you to choose USD currency as your default credit card currency, to avoid ridiculous amazon.com exchange rates.
All this is nice and fine, but the actual shopping test is surprising. I found out that amazon’s courier for UAE is… Aramex. This is a clear sign that this is not their first shipment in this country. So after having completed the order, all that remains is to keep tracking my package @ http://www.aramex.com/express/track.aspx and wait for the delivery.
If you need express shipping, you have that option with both Amazon (at checkout) and with SnS (by default).
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14 FEB 2015 – Update
I have just received a call from Aramex Abu Dhabi and have given them details about my Ruwais Location. The delivery is arranged to be done tomorrow.
15 FEB 2015 – Update
My product has been delivered, with no additional cost from Aramex or custom taxes. You can clearly see the value of the package on the delivery printout. Thanks Amazon :D. I will be seeing you again very soon.
My conclusion from this online shopping experience :
- Shipping time : 6 Days (from USA 9th February to UAE 15th February)
- Savings : 20$ = No sales taxes for New York state.
- Will definitely buy again. Most likely light products sold directly by Amazon.
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