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Hey all, how do you handle purchases on Amazon? I figured most in the Zurich area buy from Amazon.de but do you have it delivered directly to Switzerland or so you all do something else?
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Re: Amazon Purchases

It's usually difficult to have Amazon DE send packages to Switzerland. I have only been able at this point to receive some hand tools, books, and a few other misc. items directly to Switzerland.

Best way to go about it is obtaining a Mailbox or ability to collect your package at a package/mail center over the border in Germany.

I use this place in Waldshut, which is about 1 hour from Zurich area.

https://www.euroretour.ch/packet_center/1

They charge per package and depending on size of package. They will hold it for a few weeks if you can't pick it up right away. There are several places over the border in the Waldshut - Tiengen area that perform this service. The store is next to the Edeka grocery store as well if you want to stop in and save some dough on grocery items.
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It's usually difficult to have Amazon DE send packages to Switzerland. I have only been able at this point to receive some hand tools, books, and a few other misc. items directly to Switzerland.

Best way to go about it is obtaining a Mailbox or ability to collect your package at a package/mail center over the border in Germany.

I use this place in Waldshut, which is about 1 hour from Zurich area.

https://www.euroretour.ch/packet_center/1

They charge per package and depending on size of package. They will hold it for a few weeks if you can't pick it up right away. There are several places over the border in the Waldshut - Tiengen area that perform this service. The store is next to the Edeka grocery store as well if you want to stop in and save some dough on grocery items.
Or similar, use a parcel forwarding service such as MyUS to get a postal address in the US (and pay 0% sales tax when using MyUS) and buy from Amazon US.
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Re: Amazon Purchases

Its much easier in border cities. For Geneva/Basel, Amazon FR has official pick up spots where you can get things delivered for no additional costs, usually some small supermarket run by immigrants. Pick up one that is opened till 10pm even on Sunday, bring your ID, and go there once you drive along.
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Its much easier in border cities. For Geneva/Basel, Amazon FR has official pick up spots where you can get things delivered for no additional costs, usually some small supermarket run by immigrants. Pick up one that is opened till 10pm even on Sunday, bring your ID, and go there once you drive along.
Are you suggesting the OP moves from Effretikon, ZH?
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Re: Amazon Purchases

why buy from amazon and not from locel (e-) shops? I use amazon only for product reviews and then I buy locally. Returning items is also much easier.
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Or similar, use a parcel forwarding service such as MyUS to get a postal address in the US (and pay 0% sales tax when using MyUS) and buy from Amazon US.
Can you provide a bit more information on this service...
Does it really work here in CH. Do you have a sample that you could provide. I'm checking their website now but thought a 1st hand experience would be good to know.

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Can you provide a bit more information on this service...
Does it really work here in CH. Do you have a sample that you could provide. I'm checking their website now but thought a 1st hand experience would be good to know.

Thanks
I have been happily using them for a few years now. Basically you pay like USD 60 a year for a US postal address to which you can ship your items to. It works like this:
  1. You order from any online store and have the product(s) shipped to the address you've been given by MyUS.
    Beware though, some sites like Nike.com blacklist parcel forwarders and / or international credit cards. In my experience, most sites work fine and otherwise I have always been able to work around this by e.g. ordering from Amazon rather than through Nike directly.
  2. You will receive an email from MyUS once your item arrives.
  3. You log in to the member section of their website to calculate the shipping price to your CH address (based on your shipping preferences), and order them to ship your items (or first wait for multiple items to arrive before having it all shipped to CH).
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I have been happily using them for a few years now. Basically you pay like USD 60 a year for a US postal address to which you can ship your items to. It works like this:
  1. You order from any online store and have the product(s) shipped to the address you've been given by MyUS.
    Beware though, some sites like Nike.com blacklist parcel forwarders and / or international credit cards. In my experience, most sites work fine and otherwise I have always been able to work around this by e.g. ordering from Amazon rather than through Nike directly.
  2. You will receive an email from MyUS once your item arrives.
  3. You log in to the member section of their website to calculate the shipping price to your CH address (based on your shipping preferences), and order them to ship your items (or first wait for multiple items to arrive before having it all shipped to CH).
What are shipping prices like, reasonable or on the higher end?
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I have been happily using them for a few years now. Basically you pay like USD 60 a year for a US postal address to which you can ship your items to. It works like this:
  1. You order from any online store and have the product(s) shipped to the address you've been given by MyUS.
    Beware though, some sites like Nike.com blacklist parcel forwarders and / or international credit cards. In my experience, most sites work fine and otherwise I have always been able to work around this by e.g. ordering from Amazon rather than through Nike directly.
  2. You will receive an email from MyUS once your item arrives.
  3. You log in to the member section of their website to calculate the shipping price to your CH address (based on your shipping preferences), and order them to ship your items (or first wait for multiple items to arrive before having it all shipped to CH).

Thank you Sooo much for your response, but I do have one more question. I'm alway's "concerned" that when something is shipped in to CH then I'll be taxed/charged.

For an example (just an example): I use the service you mention - I order something (1 single item) let's say it's a camera lens for $400 on amazon. I get the service you mentioned to deliver it to me in CH --- will I owe any taxes/special shipping fees / import taxes...... This is just an example.

I'm very eager to test out this service. I have a number of products that I can't find in CH and some I can't find in EU. Thanks
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Or similar, use a parcel forwarding service such as MyUS to get a postal address in the US (and pay 0% sales tax when using MyUS) and buy from Amazon US.

But this is helpful for US stores. Are there any equivalent for online stores in Europe in France or Germany that will receive my parcels and forward them to Switzerland?
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But this is helpful for US stores. Are there any equivalent for online stores in Europe in France or Germany that will receive my parcels and forward them to Switzerland?
Yes. Do a search for mail forwarding company France or Germany or whatever.
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Hey all, how do you handle purchases on Amazon? I figured most in the Zurich area buy from Amazon.de but do you have it delivered directly to Switzerland or so you all do something else?
If you had thought to search the forum you would see that there are already threads about Amazon. Better to search for and post in them.

Some items can be shipped, some can't. It depends on the seller and the item.
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Re: Amazon Purchases

You can also use Amazon.co.uk to do your shopping for some items if they are sold by Amazon EU sarl as then they are shipped from France and seem okay to ship to Switzerland.

For books in English, Book Depository is good and has free shipping to Switzerland.
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You can also use Amazon.co.uk to do your shopping for some items if they are sold by Amazon EU sarl as then they are shipped from France and seem okay to ship to Switzerland.
I was able to purchase an Instant Pot 6 lt. this way last year through the UK site.

To the original poster, also keep in mind that if you order from other countries they often times will drop the Tax / VAT in their checkout process if they send it to Switzerland but if the amount is over about 65 Francs and it arrives here, the Swiss will then tax you. The minimum to pay is typically around 17 CHF or more depending on cost of the item. I ordered some items from the Netherlands a few weeks ago and total went over by .15 cents apparently and received a bill from DHL for 17 francs. I didn't end up saving any money vs. buying locally after that point.
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For books in English, Book Depository is good and has free shipping to Switzerland.
Hi, Tom,

Do you know anything about having books shipped from Abe Books? I looked up a book on Book Depository (they didn't have it), but they recommended that I checked on Abe Books (who carry it).

Thanks!
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Do you know anything about having books shipped from Abe Books? I looked up a book on Book Depository (they didn't have it), but they recommended that I checked on Abe Books (who carry it).

Thanks!
I've never bought anything from them - they're a bit like ebay (without the bidding) so you're not buying from a particular shop. I've nearly bought books from them but been dissuaded by the steep shipping costs on the books I wanted.

They seem good for out-of-print books though.
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Do you know anything about having books shipped from Abe Books? I looked up a book on Book Depository (they didn't have it), but they recommended that I checked on Abe Books (who carry it).

Thanks!
I've bought from them a couple of times and found the postage charges rather high.
The worse was when I'd ordered (and paid) for a book I'd wanted for years but couldn't find anywhere else, the seller refused to sent it until I paid an extra 10 as "postage costs from England to Switzerland were so high", then sent it Ecomomy Parcel which cost less than the initial postage already paid!
Abe Books refused to help, claiming it was a private transaction between myself and the seller.
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Re: Amazon Purchases

There is a mail holding business in Konstanz germany. Google 'mandy klein konstanz'. her address is right there by the train station. Otoh I've been to Konstanz so many times now and I can see that it's ok for a day trip but it is a rather gloomy place to wait for the train home in. But you can get a lot of cheap shopping while there of course. Still, the lake is so massive it's dispiriting in a way. Also, go on the train and not the bus because the border cops come on at the busses and it's just a massive boring hassle although because they're all very tall fellows they sometimes bang their head on the overhangs on the bus roof so that's kind of funny I suppose if you like that sort of thing.

It's cheap too, I think 3 euros to 5 euros per week to store your mail
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Amazon.fr delivers to the post office in Divonne and I assume to Ferney as well. That is if it is not too big. Perhaps the German post does something similar.
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