There is no Amazon.ie website – the market here in Ireland isn’t big enough to justify a separate website. But – the Amazon UK site provides a great service to online shoppers in Ireland.
Amazon UK offer free delivery to Ireland on orders over £25 GBP. (*) They have been doing this free “Super Saver” delivery to Ireland for several years now. The free delivery to Ireland option isn’t automatic – you have to select it at the checkout .
(*To qualify for free delivery , all the items in the order need to be sold by Amazon UK or “fulfilled by Amazon“).
The free super saver delivery to Ireland usually takes 3 to 5 days.
Standard Amazon UK delivery charges to Ireland for orders under £25 are as follows: (Usually takes 3 to 5 days)
- CD,DVD, Software,Video Games, Books – £4 per delivery
- Other categories (including Video Games consoles) – £6 per delivery.
- For any combination of items from the categories listed above the highest “Per Delivery” rate applies.
So, opting for the Amazon UK free super saver delivery to Ireland can save you a maximum of £6 . OK – you might end up buying a bit more stuff than you originally planned to – but Amazon sell loads of cheap everyday items that everyone uses – such as bin liners , stationery etc – so you can just add on some small items to bring your order up to £25 to qualify for the free delivery.
Brexit : There are some concerns that after Brexit – shopping on the UK Amazon site might not be as cheap .
An alternative is to use the German Amazon site. (You can opt to view it in English)
Amazon Germany will charge for delivery to Ireland – but it looks like there are several higher cost items that are cheaper on the German site compared to the UK site.
Delivery charges from Germany to Ireland start at €5 . They do not do “free ” delivery to Ireland no matter how much you spend. Amazon Prime in Germany does not give any delivery reductons to Ireland.
Amazon Prime in Ireland :
Amazon UK Prime members in Ireland can get FREE priority 2 day delivery to Ireland on all orders (of Prime eligible items) .
You can click here to get a free 30 Day Trial of Amazon Prime
(Price after the free trial is £79.99 a year – but it also includes access to hundreds of free films and TV programs)
Amazon Priority Delivery to Ireland should take just 2 days. The normal charge for this is £7.49 per delivery (£7 for Baby / Beauty / Grocery ) .
Third Level students in Ireland and the UK can get a 6 months FREE trial of Amazon Prime. You can sign up on the Student Amazon Prime sign up page – at first glance it might loos like it is just for students at UK universities – but the free trial is definitely available to students who are studying in the Republic of Ireland .
Amazon daily Deals can be found here
Amazon started off as just an online bookshop – but has expanded into a “one-stop” online shop for almost everything – from books to budgie food, CDs to Cameras , Ipods to Ink , Toys to Televisions. Their Amazon Kindle is the best selling e-reader in the world.
Amazon have a fairly large physical presence in Ireland with bases in Dublin where they have an IT centre and in Cork – where they have a call centre. Amazon provides jobs for hundreds of people in Ireland – so when you buy from Amazon – at least some of the money is staying in the Irish economy. They also pay VAT to Ireland on all Irish sales.
Tip – If you shop a lot online at Amazon and other UK shops – it might also be worth your while signing up for an account at new online bank N26 . Their debit card has no fees on spending in foreign currencies.
Some Irish banks charge as much as 2% on purchases made outside the Eurozone. If you were to spend the equivalent of €2000 on UK shopping sites in a year – that would cost you an extra €40 in bank charges but nothing with N26 !