Amazon Australia has arrived. Here's how to make sure you get the best deals.

Amazon launched in Australia overnight and with Christmas in just three weeks, you might be thinking now’s the time to hop on the site and get all your present shopping sorted.

But before you get your credit card out, we have some disappointing news: so far Amazon hasn’t been the bargain-basement deals haven some of us were expecting.

There are still good prices on items and deals to be found, so to help you figure out what’s worth visiting the site for, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons.

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Next day delivery.
If you live in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Canberra you can pay $9.99 for one-day priority delivery for that item you just need to have the next day. Shoppers in Perth, other cities and regional areas of Victoria, NSW and SA will have to pay $11.99 for shipping within two business days. For anyone living elsewhere in Australia, if they want a product within three business days, they will need to pay $19.99.

Free delivery.
If you don’t mind when the item gets to you, all orders over $49 include free delivery. However, if you’re buying from certain sellers, their item may include a delivery fee.

Free returns.
Amazon offers 30-day free returns on all products that say ‘free returns’ next to the price. There’s a more detailed returns policy on their website, detailing what is and isn’t covered.

Everything in one place.
Perhaps the biggest pro is that on one site you can find everything from beauty products, to homewares, to electronics. You really could do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon and have it delivered to your door well in time for Christmas.



Deals do not abound.
We couldn’t find a lot of products that were more than a few dollars cheaper than elsewhere. Of course, it’s only the site’s first week, so better deals will more than likely start to appear as time goes on.

You’ll need to do your research.
If you’re after the cheapest prices on products over all else, you’ll need to type each of the products you find into Google to compare. Often as we trialled this, we found we could get the same item cheaper or for the same price elsewhere.

It’s easier if you know what you want.
We didn’t find the browsing process to be as enjoyable as on other online stores. In that way, it’s more like searching for an item on eBay, where you’re better off if you know exactly what you’re looking for.

The best deals we found on Amazon Australia.

Having said all this, there were some decent deals on Amazon.

Parents of toddlers will be happy to learn you can get a one-month supply (160 pack) of Huggies size four nappies for $65 – which works out to about $10 cheaper for the same amount elsewhere.

If the pre-teen in your life (or adult) is asking for a Nindento Switch gaming console for Christmas, you might want to head over to buy one for $399 from Amazon. Their price is a decent $50 cheaper than at other stores.

There’s also some beauty products such as this Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick selling for $3-$5 cheaper than most chemists, but keep in mind it might be worth just waiting for the next makeup sale at Priceline.

So there you have it – our verdict on Amazon Australia. Have you bought anything on the site yet? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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