Amazon Delivers Free to European Countries!

What a surprise! When I ordered something this week from amazon.co.uk, I found out they had free delivery to the Netherlands on orders over £25.

And not just the Netherlands. Free Supersaver Delivery is for the following countries:

Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Andorra, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Vatican city, Poland.

That’s good news for all of us who have been put off by the £3.99 + £0.99 per item delivery costs that were payable until recently.

I defected to Book Depository a while ago, but now I will definitely keep amazon in my mind as a serious option for buying books online.

How Amazon and Me Both Benefited

I was only going to order an XBox game for my son, which was so much cheaper on amazon than in the shops in the Netherlands that the postage was worth it. But when I discovered the Free Delivery option, I decided to bring the total cost above £25 so I would get free delivery, or if you look at it that way, a second item for less money.

My books wish list was blinking at me: check me out! There I found my long-standing wish for a hard cover of Generation A by Douglas Coupland. And so this was ordered, too. I had not been planning to buy new books, but how could I not?

And when it came, within 3 days, there was a signature on the first page. Look:

Generation A by Douglas Coupland

I couldn’t make up my mind: is this printed or signed? The page itself is yellow in colour and it could quite well be that the signature was printed. There are no pressure marks on the next page, but since it’s a felt-tip pen, it might have been signed without pressing too hard.

What do you think? Print or Signature? Does your copy have a signature?

And will you be using amazon.co.uk more, now you know of the free delivery (if you live in Europe)?

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19 Responses to Amazon Delivers Free to European Countries!

  1. Rachel says:

    Lucky you! 🙂 I avoid amazon as I have ordered off them before but delivery is too expensive compared to Book Depository’s free delivery! Plus amazon took nearly a month to get a package of books to us in Australia where as BD takes about 9-12 days.. but I don’t blame you for taking advantage of free delivery! That’s always great.

    hmm I don’t know about the book.. was it new or second hand?

    • leeswammes says:

      Pity it’s not useful for you, yet, Rachel. Maybe in future. It’s obviously because there are now others, such as Book Depository, that deliver for free.

      The book is new and there was no mention of a signature when I bought it. The page was also opened further than normally (you could say the inside of the spine is slightly broken) so that makes me think it’s really signed. But why just send this without mentioning it? Not sure what amazon is up to here.

  2. LindyLouMac says:

    I also discovered this brilliant news recently, just hope it stays at this level as much more inclined to use.

  3. In Germany we have amazon.de so I get all my things from amazon for free.
    But to be honest lately I have some issues with amazon so I try to shop more at other German bookstores and Book Depository.

    • leeswammes says:

      Sabrina, I was wondering why Germany wasn’t on the list of free delivery countries and then I remembered you have your own amazon. I sometimes order(ed) from amazon.de but it still costs us in postage.

      I find BD a bit slow sometimes and once they couldn’t deliver a book I had pre-ordered. But it’s great that you can buy a book for (say) 5 and not pay anything extra.

  4. Kelly says:

    My brother told me the other day and I was so excited!!!
    There are some items you can only get from Amazon.

  5. Iris says:

    Most of the books I would order are cheaper at the Book Depository, but I think I might check the prizes every once in a while..

    • Gnoe says:

      Yeah but amazon has got dvd’s as well! 🙂 Last time I ordered amazon was cheaper than play.com…

      • leeswammes says:

        And you can combine items! I bought a game plus a book that together counted for free delivery.

        I only found out about play.com last week. Don’t know anything about it, except that it exists. 🙂

  6. Carin B. says:

    I think it’s really signed. Sometimes bookstores will send books back to the distributor and maybe Amazon ended up with a signed copy. That’s a super find! That’s also really cool that they do free shipping, but £25 is kind of expensive! Amazon.com ships free with $25 in purchases on most goods in the U.S. After talking to all my blogging friends from outside the U.S. I am beginning to see just how spoiled we are and that we shouldn’t really complain about anything.

    I’ve pretty much switched to Book Depository for my books because I like the idea of competition for Amazon (although I still have no issues with Amazon. I still buy from them quite often).

  7. Gnoe says:

    I *have* used amazon.uk more now that shipping above £25 is free! Sorry that I didn’t think to notify you :/

  8. Congratulations! I think that really is a signed copy. I haven’t got mine here to check, but I’m almost certain that my copy of Generation A didn’t have a red signature on it 🙂

  9. John says:

    It’s finished now! Received email today that as of yesterday no more super saver delivery to European countries. And the standard delivery charges higher than before free Super Saver Delivery introduced. The nasty part of it was letting the customers know after the changes were effective.

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