2011-02-19

Amazon UK offers free delivery to Australia ... while Borders and A&R collapse

(Updated 2011-8-10: Free Super Saver delivery has been extended to 2011-9-30)
(Updated 2011-6-17: Free Super Saver delivery has been extended to 2011-8-15)


Until 15 May, Amazon.co.uk offers free delivery of books, music and DVD purchases of £25 or more to Australia (New Zealand, India and South Africa).

* Applies only to orders completed between February 11, 2011, and 23:59 on May 15, 2011 (GMT), inclusive, with £25 or more of eligible products purchased on Amazon.co.uk (including UK VAT).

* The following products are not eligible for FREE Super Saver Delivery: gift certificates, and products purchased from third party merchants using Amazon.co.uk Marketplace.

* Applies only to deliveries to addresses within the eligible International country.

* Applies only to orders that are to be delivered to a single delivery address in the eligible International country.

* Applies only to orders that you have selected to "Dispatch when entire order is ready".

* Does not apply to purchases made on Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.jp or Amazon.cn.

* May be used in conjunction with a promotional certificate. To qualify for FREE Super Saver Delivery, the total amount of the products purchased before the promotional certificate is applied must be £25 or more.

* You will not receive FREE Super Saver Delivery on your order if any eligible products are cancelled, bringing the total order amount below £25.

* We reserve the right to amend, extend or discontinue FREE Super Saver Delivery at any time.

Further Details/Q&A: Amazon.co.uk Help - Super Saver Delivery to Other International destinations

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- JTBlog: Buying books online: The Book Depository, Booko and others

It used to be the case that unless you bought a fair number of books in a single order, The Book Depository UK (and its US counterpart) would be a cheaper option for Australian customers than either Amazon US or UK.

With free delivery from Amazon UK, this may not be the case any more. I just ran a few trial purchases using Booko.com.au and the results were heavily in favour of Amazon UK, provided the order was worth over £25.

If you are unhappy with the exorbitantly high CD/DVD prices in Australia but find the savings from overseas purchases only marginal once delivery cost is included, this free delivery offer could be heaven sent.

Great news for Aussie book/music/film lovers!

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Owners move to salvage Borders, Angus & Robertson (Brisbane Times, 11-2-18)

Australians' blossoming love affair with online shopping is catching up with the old world of traditional bookselling, with Borders and 125-year old chain Angus & Robertson placed into voluntary administration last night.

But the stores are still expected to open as normal today and gift vouchers will be honoured.

The failure of the group, which also owns New Zealand's Whitcoulls books and stationery stores, puts in doubt more than 2500 jobs, mainly in Australia, and will rattle the confidence of other bookshop owners.

Angus & Robertson has 103 stores affected by the move to voluntary administration, although a further 61 franchises will not be affected.

There are also 26 Borders stores in Australia, nearly half of which are in Victoria, at Camberwell, Carlton, Chadstone, Doncaster, Geelong, Highpoint, Knox, Melbourne Central, South Wharf and South Yarra.

Double trouble for holders of Borders' gift vouchers (Brisbane Times, 11-2-18)

Borders and Angus & Robertson customers left holding gift certificates after the bookseller fell into voluntary administration are being told they must spend double the amount of each voucher in order to redeem the card.

The booksellers have instructed staff to require customers spend double the total value of the certificates, just a day after insiders at the company told BusinessDay that the vouchers would likely to be honoured pending the administrators Ferrier Hodgson's final decision.

Scary new world's uncertain Borders (Brisbane Times, 11-2-19)