At the start of the week we spotted a promotion at Amazon.com offering free shipping to Australia, which for Amazon is rather generous and worth taking advantage of while it lasts. It's not without its caveats though as in order to receive free delivery you will need to spend at least $150 and it only applies to a selection of shoes and handbags. Amazon also state that this is a "limited time" offer although I couldn't find any details in the T&C's about exactly how long it would be valid for.
Luckily though there's a 20% off coupon code (available on Buckscoop's Vouchers page) which is valid on selected Women's sandals and handbags that will help offset the high minimum spend threshold.
Getting free shipping makes it a good time to head to Amazon if you're in need of a gift for the wife, husband, kids, friends etc. Their sheer volume of choice available on products is staggering meaning maximising your probability of finding something ideal no matter whose preferences or tastes you're trying to find a match for. A problem I often come up against when looking for specific presents online.
But considering the availability of the 20% off code mentioned above, I'd say it's an even better time to find a bargain on shoes or handbags if you're in the market for one/some.
How much you could save on standard shipping costs:
The way Amazon’s delivery charges are calculated is by adding the shipping cost per item to the basic shipment fee of each category. In the case of shoes, for example, the basic shipment fee is USD $6.99 to which you’ll have to add another USD $3.99 per pound.
Each item that I looked at in these two categories showed a calculated weight of around 2lb. That means on the purchase of a single pair of shoes or a handbag you would save USD $14.97 (or approximately AUD $16.20). Thus, finding something on or close to the $150 mark would equate to a 10% saving. If you then add the 20% off coupon on top of applicable orders, you could be looking at up to 30% off, which in terms of Amazon discounts generally available is pretty significant.
Examples of good deals on shoes and bags:
1. Men's DC Bridge SP Sneaker (in black/camouflage) for USD $51.77 (or AUD $56) in all US sizes between 6 and 14 at Amazon. This same pair at DC Shoes Australia will cost you $99.95.
2. Women's Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3 running shoe (in Dusty Aqua/Marigold) priced at USD $184.95 (or AUD $200) on Amazon. Elsewhere online you'd be paying at least $246.49 for these from Chain Reaction Cycles, while 3Zero have them listed for $260 and Wiggle are charging $284.08 (in the same colours and including delivery).
3. The Calvin Klein Key Item Monogram Hobo shoulder bag is priced at USD $136.79 (or AUD $147) on Amazon once you apply the 20% off code as well. I couldn't find this exact same bag for any less than $300 elsewhere online ($307 at dStore Australia and $328.99 at Moochers, including delivery).
4. These Steve Madden Women's Alesssa Dress pumps are USD $44.99 (or AUD $49) at Amazon. The same pair of pumps are selling for $86.17 at Nordstrom, $90 at dStore, and $97.47 6PM.com.au with delivery included.
Other important conditions for free shipping you should be aware of:
The terms and conditions specify that the $150 minimum spend applies to AmazonGlobal eligible shoes and/or handbags sold by Amazon.com. In other words, you'll need to buy items sold directly by Amazon and not other 3rd party merchants. To ensure you're only viewing applicable products, look on the left hand side of the screen and tick the option that says “AmazonGlobal Eligible". Then during the checkout process, make sure you select the "FREE AmazonGlobal Shipping" option.
Free shipping does not apply to orders placed with 1-Click and cannot be combined with other offers, including promotional certificates.