Update: Amazon has discontinued free shipping to India under the Super Saver offer for orders more than $125. From now on, International shipping rates will apply to all the products ordered from India. Hat Tip: @Madmanweb.
Earlier: When Amazon sends out a mass mailer to the entire world that its offering free shipping worldwide till Christmas, chances are that the entire world knows about it already. Especially, when they were doing it last year too. It would still have made a nice, shareable post.
If only it was the whole truth.
What really happened?
Amazon has ended its earlier super saver offer to Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa from January 15, 2012. According to the earlier offer, to avail free shipping in India, one had to buy books, music or DVD worth more than £ 25.
The new free shipping offer, AmazonGlobal Saver shipping scheme, which came in e-mail, requires you to buy goods worth more than $125. Get it?
Repeat: If you had to buy £25 worth of books, music or DVD to avail free shipping to India earlier, now you have to buy $125 worth of goods included in the new list.
Now. To some real news.
Many international brands already ship to India and some of them have been free some time. Which are these brands?
Asos.com, one of UK’s largest online fashion and beauty store ships free to India. The company sells goods from brands like Diesel, Converse, Adidas, Paul Smith, Cheap Monday and others.
The catch: You’ll might have to pay customs and duty fees.
J. Crew, the New York based multi-brand retailer ships to India for free.
The catch: Premium brands come at a price. Local taxes and duties extra (say about 10 % on apparel).
Clothing retailer GAP also ships to India. International orders are handled by FiftyOne, a global e-commerce service provider. Shipping is NOT free.
The catch: The usual.
PS: This post was written in public interest.
Long story short: Read the gory details.