Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Best of Amazon's Free International Shipping (Parent's Edition)

Christmas came early this year when Amazon started shipping selected items internationally, for free! This opened up the opportunity to buy many great value-for-money items, that in the past would not have been worthwhile to ship using freight forwarders like Borderlinx. And it was no difficulty at all to make up the minimum $125 order for international shipping.

So my kids are getting many great presents from Amazon for Christmas this year, and here are just a few samples to whet your appetite. These include items that are selling for dirt cheap in the US, and would usually have been too bulky for cost-effective shipping. (At one time this even included strollers, but unfortunately they have since been removed from the list.) This post might be of particular interest to parents with kids under 5, like mine.

First there are the books - basically pretty much any book that is fulfilled by Amazon seems to ship for free internationally. And to find other great deals on free shipping items, I use this wonderful site 125andup which first got me started on the free Amazon shipping in the first place ... And if anyone else has suggestions and examples of what you have bought, do leave a comment and I will add to the list!

Anyway, here are some parent-specific examples, in no particular order ...

Educational Insights Geosafari Jr Bugwatch

My son loves the great outdoors and I've been hunting high and low for a science kit to encourage his interest in nature and insects. Toys R Us didn't have anything suitable - but Amazon does!

Rhode Island Novelty Assorted Jumbo Dinosaurs - Up to 6" Long Toy Figures

Huge toy dinosaurs and free international shipping go so well together.

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with 1-second readout, IRT3020US

A good ear thermometer is a parent's best friend. This one sells for almost $100 in Singapore, about half the price is the US.

Schwinn Infant Helmet, Unicorn

It has been impossible to find my toddler a helmet that fits - but again Amazon has come to the rescue, and it's a pink Schwinn! It fits her perfectly and it's so light that when I showed it to her at breakfast, she refused to take it off ... all the way through the meal, getting dressed and until she was finally out on her skate scooter.

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