Amazon in Malaysia: What You Need to Know
June 8, 2013
Amazon.com is the largest online shopping website in the world, and they ship some of their products to Malaysia. Before discussing that, here’s some background about Amazon.
Amazon is one of the oldest online retailers. The website was launched in 1995 and originally sold only books. Customers can find almost any product on the website including jewellery, CDs, electronic gadgets, toys and clothing. Apart from offering products from other brands, Amazon.com is most well known for its own electronic services, like the Kindle reader for reading books and Amazon Prime for streaming online videos.
Further supporting Amazon’s popularity is that fact that the Alexa ranking website ranks Amazon.com the number 5th website in the United States. Additionally, Amazon has over 18 million Facebook followers.
Amazon Only Delivers Some Products to Malaysia
The good news is that you can use Amazon to purchase and deliver some products to Malaysia. The bad news is that there is also a lot of products Amazon won’t deliver to Malaysia. One way people in Malaysia can find out if an Amazon product ships internationally is by looking at the product details page. If you see a note saying, “This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.”, then there is a good chance the product ships to Malaysia.
The best way to know for sure whether Amazon delivers a product to Malaysia is to select an item and see if you can purchase it. If Amazon doesn’t deliver a product to Malaysia, then Amazon won’t let you select Malaysia as a delivery destination during your checkout, and you won’t be able to complete your transaction.
In fact, Amazon prompts this statement when you look for more details about why a product won’t deliver to a country, such as Malaysia:
“Warranty issues and manufacturer restrictions prevent us from shipping certain products to all geographical locations.
Buyers outside the U.S. cannot purchase the following types of items from sellers:
- video games
- toy and baby items
- cameras and photo items
- tools and hardware
- kitchenware and housewares
- sporting goods and outdoor equipment
The categories mentioned above certainly crosses out a lot of items for us to purchase in Malaysia! However, at least we can still purchase some books, clothes, music, DVDs, among other things.
On a related note, anecdotal feedback we gathered about Amazon’s delivery service to Malaysia seems quite good. Some people we’ve discussed with have stated that delivery to Malaysia has been been timely and, if products did not arrive, full refunds were granted. Additionally, when you purchase something on Amazon, you can track the complete delivery path. In other words, you can track the time and locations of the product while it’s on route.
It’s also very easy to open an account on Amazon and start shopping.
You can visit the Amazon website here.
Have you bought anything from Amazon.com in Malaysia? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below. If any questions feel free to ask below too.
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