After previously being limited to the US Amazon website, New Zealanders can now shop on Amazon Australia and have items shipped across the divide much faster.
New Zealanders now have access to the millions of products available on Amazon.com.au, which as of today (July 6) are also eligible for standard delivery from AU $ 2.99, or expedited to select areas of Auckland and Christchurch from AU $ 6.99 .
Kiwis will see prices listed in Australian dollars when browsing the site, but Amazon has yet to confirm whether New Zealanders will be able to see a conversion to NZD at checkout.
Returns should also be fairly easy – most items will include a postage-paid label, and customers can choose to drop off their item at a DHL outlet or arrange for the package to be picked up at home.
What this means for New Zealand buyers
The launch of Amazon Australia’s website in New Zealand means Kiwi’s will be able to take advantage of the big sales events hosted by the retail giant, including Prime Day and Black Friday.
Amazon is also known to be very competitively priced, often beating the price of tech items on sale in other retail stores. For example, Amazon currently offers much cheaper prices on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox s series than what you will find at local retailers.
It remains to be seen how the introduction of Amazon.com.au could affect large New Zealand retailers, but it could lead to better prices for buyers at all levels.
So what are some popular Amazon devices you should know about? Amazon is quite present in the smart home space, with the Echo Dot as the brand’s smart speaker and the Echo Show as its family of smart displays.
There’s also Amazon’s extensive line of Ring devices, which act like smart doorbells with two-way talk and video capabilities, all accessible from your smartphone.
Outside of smart home gadgets, Amazon’s Kindle devices are very popular e-readers, while a number of excellent mesh routers are available in Amazon’s eero line.