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 always 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 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 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.
Amazon Prime in Ireland :
Amazon Prime members in Ireland can now 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 !