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Old 02.12.2018, 14:18
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

There were some news that Amazon Prime is coming to CH in January 2019, is this still on track?

https://lenews.ch/2017/11/28/amazon-...o-switzerland/
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Old 02.12.2018, 14:26
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There were some news that Amazon Prime is coming to CH in January 2019, is this still on track?

https://lenews.ch/2017/11/28/amazon-...o-switzerland/
Doubtful - there were some talks about a deal with the Swiss Post but the latter have backpaddled since. You can already get some products delivered to Switzerland with pre-paid customs fees - unlikely to change at this point.
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Old 02.12.2018, 15:05
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Doubtful - there were some talks about a deal with the Swiss Post but the latter have backpaddled since. You can already get some products delivered to Switzerland with pre-paid customs fees - unlikely to change at this point.
The latter? Looks more like the former, speak Amazon
https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/wirts...azon-133094867
Or do you have other news?

Another article about Amazon registering brands in the Swiss register: https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/wirts...weiz-133477168
Does note have to mean anything as the Amazon Prime brand has been registered two years ago: https://www.swissreg.ch/srclient/fac...emark/sr30.jsp

PS: Prepaid customs when ordering from Amazon has been a thing for many years.
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Old 02.12.2018, 15:12
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The latter? Looks more like the former, speak Amazon
https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/wirts...azon-133094867
Or do you have other news?

Another article about Amazon registering brands in the Swiss register: https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/wirts...weiz-133477168
Does note have to mean anything as the Amazon Prime brand has been registered two years ago: https://www.swissreg.ch/srclient/fac...emark/sr30.jsp

PS: Prepaid customs when ordering from Amazon has been a thing for many years.

Post is downplaying it and explicitly mentions that they're not expecting a market offensive. Also saying that their customs declaration deal isn't a big thing and that it's non-exclusive. Amazon has been using a similar deal with DPD already for a while now. Also, I'm pretty sure the journalist from Aargauer Zeitung ist mistaken about the brand registrations. They don't reflect services but already available products from Ring (at least "Chime" and "Ring" etc). There's been absolutely zero indication thst Amazon is preparing to enter the Swiss market, except for some outlandish speculation last year
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Old 02.12.2018, 15:53
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

I think there are measures to support stone stores.

I don't know how to internet shop, for anything really, it is not such a bad thing, me thinks, looking around at friends getting dissappointed by their online purchases from books to dates
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looking around at friends getting dissappointed by their online purchases from books to dates
I didn't know Amazon was competing with Tinder...
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Old 02.12.2018, 19:46
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I didn't know Amazon was competing with Tinder...
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

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I didn't know Amazon was competing with Tinder...
Nevertheless another platform might help this one:
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Old 03.12.2018, 11:43
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I think there are measures to support stone stores.

I don't know how to internet shop, for anything really, it is not such a bad thing, me thinks, looking around at friends getting dissappointed by their online purchases from books to dates


I did not expect that I have to explain internet shopping in 2018, but simply put:


1. The long tail: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Tail Amazon sells stuff you cannot find in your local shop. Even more so in CH where the product ranges seem even more limited than elsewhere. Simple example: If I walk into my local shops here in Luxembourg are the playstation games in French. Many without English as an option... so I order the US version online.


2. Availability. I buy stuff on Amazon after I wasn't able to get it locally. Because many local shops are crap at predicting demand and Amazon is pretty good at it. Example: My wife has developed an allergy against our cat. There is a product called Allerpet to help against it. Allegedly sold in pharmacies. Except of the three in my surrounding I visited. So I ordered it online.


3. Convenience. I can get delivered whatever I want to a pick up locker (Do you have those in CH in the meantime?) near me. Because some stuff might be available in some brick and mortar shop... at the other end of the country.


Just to point out: Price isn't even in my top three... as I find Amazon to not be cheaper than local shops in the EU at all. They are just cheaper than CH stores... and honestly: Who isn't?
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

Someone is complaining on Reddit. Sounds grizzly...
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

More shunning. I just received this

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As a result of changes to the Swiss value added tax law, Amazon’s international shopping options will change as of 2019. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, from 26 December 2018 customers shopping on amazon.com and other non-EU Amazon websites will not be able to ship non-digital orders to any shipping address in the Swiss Customs Union. We encourage all our customers shipping orders to a delivery address in the Swiss Customs Union to shop on Amazon websites in the EU (Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.co.uk) to access millions of products across multiple categories, including books, fashion, toys, and electronics.
With the change of the international shopping options, we regrettably will not be able to transfer unused gift card balances to Amazon websites in the EU. Therefore, all customers who have outstanding funds on their non EU Amazon accounts are kindly requested to utilize them before 26 December 2018. After that date, you will still be able to buy digital products such as apps and Kindle books with your outstanding balance.



Thank you for choosing to shop with Amazon.
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Old 03.12.2018, 17:06
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Re: Why does Amazon shun Switzerland?

So much for an expansion to Switzerland:

"As a result of changes to the Swiss value added tax law, Amazon’s international shopping options will change as of 2019. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, from 26 December 2018 customers shopping on amazon.com and other non-EU Amazon websites will not be able to ship non-digital orders to any shipping address in the Swiss Customs Union. We encourage all our customers shipping orders to a delivery address in the Swiss Customs Union to shop on Amazon websites in the EU (Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.co.uk) to access millions of products across multiple categories, including books, fashion, toys, and electronics.

With the change of the international shopping options, we regrettably will not be able to transfer unused gift card balances to Amazon websites in the EU. Therefore, all customers who have outstanding funds on their non EU Amazon accounts are kindly requested to utilize them before 26 December 2018. After that date, you will still be able to buy digital products such as apps and Kindle books with your outstanding balance.

Thank you for choosing to shop with Amazon"
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Just got an email from Amazon...

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As a result of changes to the Swiss value added tax law, Amazon’s international shopping options will change as of 2019. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, from 26 December 2018 customers shopping on amazon.com and other non-EU Amazon websites will not be able to ship non-digital orders to any shipping address in the Swiss Customs Union. We encourage all our customers shipping orders to a delivery address in the Swiss Customs Union to shop on Amazon websites in the EU (Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.co.uk) to access millions of products across multiple categories, including books, fashion, toys, and electronics.

With the change of the international shopping options, we regrettably will not be able to transfer unused gift card balances to Amazon websites in the EU. Therefore, all customers who have outstanding funds on their non EU Amazon accounts are kindly requested to utilize them before 26 December 2018. After that date, you will still be able to buy digital products such as apps and Kindle books with your outstanding balance.
That is a shame, as I did buy some stuff from the US site...
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Old 03.12.2018, 17:20
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Just got an email from Amazon...



That is a shame, as I did buy some stuff from the US site...
So did I. Also makes no sense. Plus they're suggesting we should buy our stuff on Amazon UK - until February when we'll get another mail saying "we regret to inform you that as of March 19" etc etc.
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Old 03.12.2018, 18:04
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Just got an email from Amazon...

That is a shame, as I did buy some stuff from the US site...
Presumably you could have amazon.com deliver to a Packet shop in a surrounding country and then collect it yourself and take advantage of the CHF 300 duty free allowance?

Would need some careful analysis of the surrounding country import costs to see if it is worthwhile.

Anyway I am dismayed, I thought Amazon would be a large enough enterprise to handle the Swiss VAT?
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Presumably you could have amazon.com deliver to a Packet shop in a surrounding country and then collect it yourself and take advantage of the CHF 300 duty free allowance?

Would need some careful analysis of the surrounding country import costs to see if it is worthwhile.

Anyway I am dismayed, I thought Amazon would be a large enough enterprise to handle the Swiss VAT?
Seriously doubt that these packet shops will pay the German VAT for you when the courier drops off your package.

What you can do is use Borderlinx etc but that costs an arm and a leg
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I think there is an echo in here, in here, in here.
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Someone is complaining on Reddit. Sounds grizzly...
Hi, that was me. I suppose there is a lot of expats here on this forum, so maybe someone knows how to buy on amazon.jp an deliver in ch without paying too much more? Thank you.
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Old 03.12.2018, 19:12
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Anyway I am dismayed, I thought Amazon would be a large enough enterprise to handle the Swiss VAT?
More like the Swiss market is too small and inconsequential to bother.
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