If you’ve ever found yourself scouring the town looking for something only to go home disappointed, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The world’s biggest brands often don’t stock full ranges of products in Ireland. In a perfect world, Amazon Ireland would be a thing, but it’s not. Fortunately, our UK neighbours have most of these items in great abundance on Amazon.co.uk. If you’re really clever, you can even avail of free UK delivery to Ireland too.
Why shop with the likes of Amazon.co.uk?
The UK online shopping market is huge compared to Ireland. Don’t get me wrong, us Irish are hefty online shoppers too, but the UK are bonkers for online shopping. As a result, the range available online in the UK is amazing. Online stores, like Amazon.co.uk, offer a huge range of products you could only dream of picking up on the high street in Ireland. Because they shift larger volumes, there’s also a fair chance you’ll pick items up cheaper from the UK.
When discussing Amazon in particular, I think it’s important to point out their customer care. Amazon considers itself the most customer-centric experience in the world. I recently forgot to cancel my Amazon Prime trial and was charged the annual membership rate. That’s about €95. After five minutes on web chat, I was refunded with a full apology. Yes, an apology for my mistake. On another occasion, they covered my Parcel Motel costs for a return, but more on that later. I digress.
Shopping on Amazon opens up a world of choice and the piece of mind that they care about customers. Go a step further, and get yourself an Amazon Prime trial to really live it up like royalty with next day delivery (which takes about two days to Ireland).
But isn’t Amazon.co.uk just for the UK?
This is where things get a little interesting. With Brexit just around the corner, this might very well change, but many of the sellers on Amazon.co.uk offer delivery to Ireland. Whether or not there is a charge or not varies between sellers. Others will only ship to the UK, but believe it or not, this is where your biggest opportunity lies.
How to use Parcel Motel with Amazon to get free UK delivery to Ireland
When a seller insists on shipping to the UK, all is not lost as there is a free delivery trick you can use with the likes of Amazon. In recent years, there has been a rake of new shipping partners popping up in Ireland; the most popular of these is Parcel Motel.
By setting up a Parcel Motel account, you’ll be given a virtual UK address. You simply pop this address as your shipping address when shopping on Amazon.co.uk and Parcel Motel do the rest. The virtual UK address itself is free, but you’ll pay €3.95 per day your package waits in a Parcel Motel.
How does this “Parcel Motel-Amazon free delivery trick” work?
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of having a virtual UK address. Having one has grown massively in popularity over the past few years. Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for Parcel Motel
- Get your virtual UK address
- Shop and Amazon, delivering to your virtual UK address
- Parcel Motel will then ship to Northern Ireland and driver your package to a locker of your choice in Ireland.
- You’ll pay €3.95 for every day your package remains in the locker.
Of course, this is handy when sellers only ship to the UK, but you should always check UK shipping costs. You’ll often save money by choosing free UK delivery to your Parcel Motel over standard delivery to Ireland.
What to look out for when shopping with Parcel Motel
While it’s a great service, you do need to know a few things when shopping with Parcel Motel.
If you’re shopping around Christmas, give yourself plenty of time. There are limited lockers and if someone doesn’t pick up their package, you could be waiting for a space. The lockers also have size restrictions. Big packages or bulk orders might need to be collected from the depot.
Double-check your dates
The delivery date Amazon provides is the date your package reaches Parcel Motel. They will usually take at least another day to get your package to you.
Shop with confidence
There you have it. The handiest way to save some money, shop online and have your package wait for you. We often get asked, what does Amazon think about Parcel Motel. The honest trust is, they are very supportive of the service. As I mentioned above, Amazon has covered the cost of me returning items through Parcel Motel in the past. I was really impressed recently to receive an email from Amazon ensuring I was using Parcel Motel properly:
That’s as close to an endorsement as you get.
Will Amazon Ireland ever be a thing?
Given time, it will be impossible for Amazon to ignore the value of entering the Irish market. With the now inevitable Brexit visible on the horizon, it’s likely that Amazon Ireland will be a thing sooner rather than later. It’s hard to tell just how virtual UK address providers will last through Brexit, so it makes sense for Amazon to set up shop in Ireland.
If you have any questions all of this craic, pop them into the comments below.
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