You Can Now Buy Wine From Amazon, But Can You Get It Shipped To Australia? Maybe...

Books are easy. E-books doubly so. But wine, the blood of Bacchus, harbinger of groping and maybe more? Now that's what we're talking about, Amazon. You can now get dirt cheap bottles of wine sent straight to your door, provided you know how to get it here.

Starting today, anyone in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia can get up to six bottles in one order, with a shipping cost of just $US10. You've got your reds, your sparklings, and you bet your silky bottom you can chug a rosé from Bezos, too. All in all, Amazon's now selling over a thousand kinds of wine. Some are just nine bucks.

You'll have to get an adult to sign for your shipment at the door, and you can't get bubbly sent to an Amazon Locker yet — it's almost as if the company foresaw the interest of underage kids.

To get it to Australia, you'll have to do a bit of work, which includes finding a third-party international shipping service that can not only sign for a package, but also forward it on. Angus over at Lifehacker Australia has a few suggestions there.

Before you even do that, though, you'll have to figure out how much tax you're going to pay when importing it through Australia. Our local Customs and Border Protection Agency charge a whole lot extra on top when bringing things like alcohol and tobacco into the country, and it's worth checking what you're getting yourself into before you click 'buy'.

Customs points out that a $400 wine will attract a duty and tax fee of $227, meaning that you're bottle of wine might not be worth it after all. [Amazon]

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Comments

    Customs points out that a $400 wine will attract a duty and tax fee of $227. Because heaven forbid we actually support our own wine makers instead of amazon.

    Why on earth would you buy wine from Amazon? Surely the shipping from the USA would negate any discounts received on products like this. And if you're after premium wines there's already plenty of options available to you.

    that should read 'your bottle of wine'

    what if i like a particular wine from california? i may like australian wines as well, but heaven forbid my tastes range out of the national offerings...

    Years ago I kind of just accepted that amazon wasn't going to ship here with any kind of cost effectiveness, if at all.
    But last week I wanted to buy a Neato XV-21 for my parents... Of course Neato themselves don't ship to the little backwater market we call Australia because of their return policy... apparently.. ...but they did suggest I use Amazon.
    ...and here I was thinking they would have some idea what they were suggesting.
    Nope.
    I type in amazon.com.au
    I get redirected to amazon.co.uk
    The number i see on XV-21s are roughly the same as i saw on some of the more expensive US sources .. except they are in pounds.. not dollars. So i could either pay ~400USD and pay freight... or I could pay ~400UK pounds... plus freight.

    Use Amazon? The way it works now?
    Hahahahahahahahahaha
    Hell no.

      so for some goods it does not make sense. for others it does - blu-rays and dvds and books (paper and e) are some of them

    Why would we buy wine from Amazon? When we have the best wine in the world right here in Australia?

    Living in one of the better wine producing countries.... why would you even bother? or why not just order locally?

    @Betlog, try Amazon.com rather then .com.au or .co.uk. I find the US site sends more stuff through to AUS. Still pretty restrictive though, but I've ordered a fair few things through them with no troubles

    I concur with the opinion that Australia has some of the best wines in the world. But its all about consumer choice. What happens when Amazon starts selling beer and other alcoholic products. The Australian wine advocates will then have something to say about importing other goods. What about the exuberant alcohol prices we pay in Australia? Not only are we subject to GST and Customs fees, but also import Excise Taxes to "protect the local industry". But this is such a blanket rule on all alcohol and many other products. If I want to bring in a spirit that is not manufactured in Australia, I will still be slugged with all these fees. It is a friggin joke. Australia has some of the worlds most expensive alcohol prices. We are #5 in the most expensive places to live! Sydney being number 11.

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