Who doesn’t love free shipping? Or, to put it more accurately: who hates when you have to pay for shipping?
Everyone, that’s who.
Online companies that have free delivery programs, especially free international delivery programs, are loved, well, the world over. It’s nice to be able to place an order in Australia, Singapore, Ireland, or even Azerbaijan and know that you’re not going to have to pay a ransom just to get your order shipped internationally.
The following are some of the most popular online stores from all over the world that have free international shipping programs. Some of these companies have a minimum spend in order to qualify for free shipping, but it’s usually a very reasonable amount.
Note: You may have to pay additional costs such as customs and import duties when buying products from abroad. Some websites, like Amazon and eBay, have programs where you can pay those fees in advance. Otherwise, your local customs authority will contact you once they receive the items.
Amazon was one of the first companies to offer a global shipping program, and one of the first to offer free delivery to countries all over the world. Between Amazon itself, and the many 3rd party sellers that operate on Amazon, it’s possible to buy almost anything at Amazon.com including books, electronics, appliances, children’s toys, tools — you name it!
AmazonGlobal is definitely the easiest way to shop online, though. The international delivery program offers more than 30 million products, all of which can be delivered to more than 100 countries. Through the program, it’s also possible to estimate custom fees, choose your delivery speed, and even track your order in transit.
(Search for products that are a part of AmazonGlobal here.)
Of course, if you’re based in the EU, you may want to shop at one of Amazon’s European websites to avoid customs and import fees. Although most people shop at Amazon.com, Amazon’s US website, Amazon also operates other websites in other parts of the world including the UK (amazon.co.uk), Canada (amazon.ca), Germany (amazon.de), France (Amazon.fr), Spain (amazon.es), Italy (amazon.it), Japan (amazon.jp), and Australia (amazon.com.au).
For EU shoppers, Amazon.co.uk is usually the best followed by Amazon.de. Overall though, Amazon.com is definitely the best website to shop at and the one that most people go to.
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UK-based clothing company, ASOS, is one of the top fashion websites in the world. And it’s little wonder why. ASOS stocks more than 850 different brands and more than 80,000 different products for both men and women, with special ranges for maternity, plus size, petite, curvy, and tall. Their website is easy to use and includes great suggestions for clothing for weddings, work, holidays (vacation), working out, and festivals. ASOS delivers to more than 100 countries worldwide including Australia, France, Singapore, Canada, and the United States.
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Book Depository is one of the largest online bookstores in the world. It stocks more than 17 million fiction and non-fiction titles: everything from the latest Dan Brown bestseller to cookbooks, children’s books, graphic novels, textbooks, books in foreign languages, and adult colouring books.
Book Depository delivers to more than 160 different countries worldwide, making it a very popular store with shoppers worldwide but particularly in Australia, the United States, New Zealand, and Argentina. There is no minimum order at Book Depository so, regardless of whether the book you want costs $5 or $20, they’ll ship it to you for free.
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Nordstrom is a popular American clothsing chain that has stores throughout the US, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. Nordstrom offers an extensive range of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, which includes shoes, workout clothing, shirts, jeans, dresses, and accessories. It also offers products for the home, gift ideas, and beauty products like makeup, perfume, and skincare products.
Thanks to its international shipping program, Nordstrom delivers to more than 100 countries worldwide — everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Nordstrom partners with BorderFree for its international delivery program, which allows you to pay in your local currency and prepay customs and duties.
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The Hut is a UK-based online department store that sells a little bit of everything including clothing for men, women, and children, toys, electronics, appliances and homeware, beauty products, sports products, and gifts. Brands available at The Hut include everything from popular clothing labels like Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Michael Kors to homeware brands like BRITA, Joseph Joseph, and De’Longhi.
The Hut delivers to more than 100 countries worldwide including the Australia, United States, Israel, Russia, New Zealand, and China. Free delivery is available for most countries, although the qualifying order amount varies from country to country.
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Like Amazon, eBay is a brand name that’s known the world over. Originally, eBay was solely an auction website and the place to go to buy vintage clothing, secondhand computer parts, or collectables. Although secondhand products are still a big part of eBay, these days a large portion of the products sold are often brand new and often sold by a retailer rather than an individual. Many brands and retailers, like BooHoo, Microsoft and Nintendo and have official stores on eBay, while others, like Dyson, Sports Direct, and Superdry, have a discounted outlet store instead.
Many products for sale on eBay, whether new or secondhand, have free international shipping. This is especially true of many products that ship from China, Hong Kong, and occasionally other countries in Asia like Malaysia and Japan. You can easily filter to only show products that offer ‘free international shipping’ by ticking the box on the left-hand side under ‘delivery options.’
Like Amazon, eBay offers a Global Delivery Program. This program, available to sellers in the US and UK, allows you to prepay additional customs charges.
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Aliexpress is an online marketplace aimed at international buyers who want to purchase goods from China. Aliexpress is owned by Alibaba but, whereas Alibaba focuses on bulk products ordering for businesses, Aliexpress allows customers to order a single product. It is commonly compared to eBay, as it allows individual sellers to sell directly to consumers.
Aliexpress is one of the most popular websites worldwide, particularly in Russia and Brazil but also in the Ukraine, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.
Free shipping is available on many products. Individual suppliers set their own shipping costs, and decided whether or not they ship to specific countries, but overall shipping costs are low or free.
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Debenhams is a UK department store with outlets located in Australia, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malaysia, Qatar, and the UAE. Debenhams stocks thousands of products ranging from clothing and beauty products to electricals and home furnishings.
Debenhams delivers to a select number of countries worldwide, primarily throughout Europe but also Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Free delivery is available to most countries that Debenhams delivers to and, where it’s not available, the delivery costs are usually very reasonable.
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Shoes.com specialises in, you guessed it, shoes. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Shoes.com offers more than one million different footwear-related products — everything your foot could ever need.
The list of shoes on offer is extensive. The men’s shoe range, for example, includes loafers, boots, sneakers, Oxfords, and slippers as well as slippers, running shoes, sandals, and walking shoes. Likewise, the women’s shoes offer has almost every type of shoe imaginable including flats, heels, mules, wedges, pumps, boots, and sneakers, as well as Cloggs and slippers. All of these styles come from a wide range of popular brands like Birkenstock, Clarks, Converse, Sketchers, UGG, and New Balance.
The best thing about shoes.com? There’s no minimum order to qualify for free shipping.
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Newegg is a Californian tech store that sells computer parts and accessories, as well as video games and gaming devices and accessories, gadgets, toys, home appliances, and – a little weirdly, DIY power tools.
Newegg don’t ship everywhere in the world, but they do ship to many countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and India.
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US department chain Macy’s is a brand name that’s known all over the world, thanks to the store’s appearance in countless films like Ocean’s Eleven, Shark Tale, and King Kong, as well as the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street.
Although based in the US (with stores in Puerto Rico and Guam), Macy’s delivers to countries all over the world including Canada, India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.
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UK-based Look Fantastic stocks thousands of beauty products including moisturisers, serums, balms, cleansers, and exfoliants, as well as electronics such as GHD hair straighteners, hair dryers, clippers and trimmers, and curlers. Products are available for both men and women, and the list of male beauty brands stocked includes companies like Bulldog Skincare, Redken Brews, and Evolutionman.
Look Fantastic deliver to more than 100 countries worldwide, and the minimum order to qualify for free shipping depends on the delivery destination.
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UK-based Missguided specialises in fashionable clothing that’s aimed at women aged 16-35. Products on offer include jeans, tops, dresses, accessories, and even swimwear. Missguided delivers to more than 100 countries worldwide including Australia, Russia, the USA, France, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
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