What Should Israeli Clients Know When Buying from Amazon

Yossi

It should be crystal-clear by now that Amazon is one of the most popular virtual retail website in Israel. However, as of recently, there have been certain impediments that affected how Israeli people ordered from this website. This is the reason why, in this article, we will be talking about the changes that Amazon made and which affected the Israeli clients. Also, we will be diving deeper into what you can actually order from Amazon right now is you live in Israel, the prices that you will have to pay, and many other interesting details. Here we go! 

Amazon is open to the Israel market

It must be said that a while ago there was no free-shipping available to the country regardless of the whole value of your order. Thankfully, this changed back in 2019 when Amazon released a website in Hebrew that allowed order to be shipped for free from the US. Then, from March to June 2020, the company stopped this program in Israel because it didn’t have its own warehouses there. Also, this also happened because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it from being possible without local logistical centers. Many other countries were affected by this at the time, not just Israel. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the limit that you needed to exceed for free shipping was $49.

Thankfully, starting June 2020, Amazon delivery became available to the people living in Israel once more. The problem was that the prices were a lot higher than before. Besides that, the shipping times became a lot longer, varying from three weeks to a month or, in some cases, longer. One year later, in the summer of 2021, free shipping became available for Israel once more but only for certain products. However, the offer was only available for orders that exceeded $65.  

Free shipping from Amazon

As we have already mentioned, free shipping from Amazon for Israeli clients has become available once more. However, it’s important to note that this applies only to orders that exceed $65 and which are either sold or fulfilled by Amazon. There are a lot of products and categories that do not fall in these categories. This means that Israeli clients won’t be able to buy these products at all or they will be available but at higher prices. The threshold was increased from only $49 which applied for orders before the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Another interesting detail is that this change applies mostly to tech products which people ordering from Israel actually prefer. Besides this, it is still unclear whether or not this is a step towards going back to the way things were before the pandemic or if Amazon is planning something different this time. 

Local Israeli brands on Amazon

In case you want to find products that can be shipped to Israel on Amazon and don’t waste time looking at each item’s description, there is a simple way to do that. You only need to make sure that your delivery address is set as Israel and that you select the “Ships Locally” option. You can also look at items that have the “Ships from Israel” label under them. Another idea would be to access the “See all buying options” tab and go from there on your search for local items.

Speaking of local Israeli brands, there is a lot of them on Amazon that you can buy. If you are looking for furniture there is Coavas which has multiple furniture styles for all tastes. In case you are on the hunt for beauty products, SeboCalm has you covered with a wide range of skin care products that are local. ALIENCX3 is another local brand that you can find on Amazon and which offer gaming items such as mouse and keyboards. The brand Jenoris takes care of your hair and offers multiple hair-care products that can be shipped fast to Israel from Israel. GA-DE COSMETICS is responsible for beauty and make-up products and ships to Israel as well. 

Best Sellers in Israel

If we are to talk a bit about best selling products in Israel, it’s clear that electronics and tech items are up there at the top of the list. Music albums and movies are also among Israeli people’s preferences when buying from Amazon. Books, both for adults and children, as well as make-up products come next. Apple, Samsung, and Nintendo are among the most preferred brands when it comes to tech and gaming products. Israeli people are also buying cleaning products from Amazon along with skin-care ones too. 

What about taxes?

When it comes to taxes, it’s extremely important to note that even if free shipping from Amazon is available for orders over $65, VAT and import deposit fees still apply. However, they apply only if your order is over $75. All things considered, this means that the best solution for Israeli shoppers would be to have orders between $65 and $75 so they can benefit from free shipping and avoid fees and VAT.

Distribution/ pickup points

You will see the nearest distribution or pickup points where Amazon can deliver to you when completing your order. You can pick the one you prefer. It is a good thing that ordering from Amazon while in Israel has become so easy and it is no longer a burden as it once was. 

Lockers for delivery pickup

The Amazon pickup points or hub lockers can be found throughout the entire globe and you can easily find the ones that are near your location in Israel and have the orders shipped there. The feature called Amazon Hub helps you find the nearest lockers and the only thing that you have to do is enter your location. You will have 14 days to collect your package once it arrives. You will be notified on time and you will have enough flexibility to go and get your order from one of these locations. Usually, these lockers can be found in convenience stores, pharmacies, shopping malls, news agents, or simply on the street where you can go and get your order yourself.