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I have been trying to navigate the world of shopping here in Israel - and I have discovered high prices or sales gimmicks or poor quality, and other problems, in many places. Not to mention that anytime I drive ANYWHERE I spend a fortune on gas. So, I looked for alternatives. Some were out of necessity - certain items are just not available here. Some for convenience, so as not to run around, wasting a whole day shopping. And other items were just because it costs so much less abroad. It's time for us to tell Israeli retailers that we won't tolerate inflated prices anymore. If they want our business, give us competitive pricing!
This list is a work in progress. Feel free to leave comments with your favorite websites, or let me know about your experience shopping with these sellers.
I cannot endorse any of the sellers below, and I take no responsibility for your orders with them. I have merely compiled a list of sellers who sell internationally, and will ship to Israel.
Important: PLEASE familiarize yourself with Personal Import taxes and fees. You can find a brief summary in my post about New Personal Import Regulations. This is information specific to Israel, so if you live in another country, please find out about personal imports in your country.
Ebay - you can save a lot when you buy on ebay!
BuySend.com - This site offers worldwide shipping and INCREDIBLE selection of items. Really worth checking out!
Korean Mall offers all those things you could want to buy from Korea! They have discounted international shipping!
BetterWorldBooks.com - check for coupon codes! I *always* order with a coupon. Although right now, you can get 15% off your purchase - check the homepage for the current coupon code! Free worldwide shipping.
Book depository - there are sometimes coupon codes available, so be sure to check (right now APMA12 will get you 10% off!)! Free worldwide shipping.
Wordery - Books! Free worldwide delivery
Vitacost (sign up for a coupon for $10 off your first order). Ship your order to Israel for as low as $10.99 (orders over 3.4 lbs will incur higher shipping fees).
iHerb Click here to see what kinds of things I like to buy from iherb!
Echemist - a British website that sells pharmacy and beauty items, and more! Free worldwide shipping with minimum 20 GBP purchase
MedEx Supply ships worldwide- they carry 65,404 Medical, Surgical, Durable Supplies and Equipment from 1,245 Brands in 993 Categories. (Right now, use code NOV10 to get 10% off your purchase)
LuckyVitamin - they sell all sorts of items and ship to Israel. Shipping gets a bit expensive if your order is heavy, but they have been a great resource for me when I really needed an item no one else would ship to Israel! Get $5 off your first order when you use my link!
myvitamins.com - health supplements. Standard international delivery is 3.95GBP for up to 2kg (choose the GBP pricing options, the $ price options are higher!)
Prescription Eyeglasses for just $8.99 - Shop Now! Goggles4U has great deals on full pairs of glasses. They ship from the US or the UK
KosherCurds - Kosher Cheese Making Supplies (ships from within Israel)
ON HOLD. Target has stopped shipping to Israel for the time being. I will update if that changes! Target now ships to Israel. you prepay import fees and taxes. Great for hard to find items!
Amazon Global offers international shipping, and you prepay any import fees. I find their service really excellent.
Amazon UK Global also offers international shipping, and prepaid import fees. This is a great way to get small 220V appliances and other European items!
Amazon (US site) is great for anyone traveling to the US and will bring things back
Amazon UK is great for anyone traveling to the UK and will bring things back. Some items ship internationally
AliExpress - a huge Chinese marketplace, many with free shipping. Be sure to choose regular mail for your delivery! (Click here to see what kinds of things I buy from Aliexpress)
BuyinCoins is a huge Hong Kong marketplace. Shipping is usually free!
Iwantoneofthose.com has great limited-quantity and limited-time deals with affordable international shipping
The Hut - tons of great finds, and really low price shipping! They have resumed shipping to Israel!
Groupon Israel offers deals won't that you want to miss! It's a local option for saving lots of money. I've gotten some great deals from them!
WallaShops also offers lots of local deals. Most items ship within Israel, so delivery is pretty quick. It's really useful to order large or bulky items online with door-to-door delivery!
Next Clothing for kids and Adults, and housewares. I have never ordered from them, but I have been told it is good. They advertise free delivery via Royal Mail.
MyBag.com has a wide selection of bags, accessories, and more. Free Shipping to Israel with a min 20GBP order.
ModCloth Women's Clothing sometimes has free international shipping deals
Shokolada offers really cute clothes for kids, and soon for women too. Bonus: affordable clothes that ship from within Israel, so your order will arrive very quickly!
DressLink sells clothing, accessories, and more. Ships from China. Choose regular mail for the least expensive shipping option!
Plus in Love sells women's plus size clothing (from China) Get 11% off orders over $59 and free shipping worldwide
Pretty Little Thing sells clothes and accessories and ships worldwide
The Hut Sells clothing, toys, games, DVDs, Health & Beauty items, Sports equipment, and more. 1.19 GBP Shipping per item (I don't think in British Pounds, so I have no idea how much that is! Doesn't sound too exorbitant though), ships via airmail.
StrawberryNET.com cosmetics and beauty supply. Ships free. (I have never ordered from them)
Cosme-De.com Cosmetics and Beauty. Ships worldwide for free. Paypal accepted!
Fabric.com sells, you guessed it! Fabric! They offer shipping worldwide. I recommend you try not to place a large order, so that they will send via regular mail instead of UPS. Be aware that if you place an order that ships via UPS, you may have to pay additional fees before delivery.
DHGate sells all sorts of stuff from China. (Again, I have no experience shopping with them). Free worldwide shipping.
Debenhams Sells Clothing, Shoes, Toys, Gifts, Housewares, and more (15 GBP for delivery though - I think that's high) (I have never ordered from them)
Belle Lingerie - lingerie, bras, etc, with a wide variety of sizes and styles. Ships from England
DeeWatch sells watches and more, from Switzerland. They ship worldwide. (For when you are looking for a special gift - almost nothing on their site will be under the $75 tax free limit, but much of it will still be well under the $500 customs tax limit)
Educents offers educational materials at great discounts! They only ship within the US, but many offers are online or downloadable and are accessible worldwide
Fiverr is a way to get small jobs done for just $5! Check today if you can save a bunch of money outsourcing to Fiverr!
Momondo -- Airline Tickets for less (flight search)
Booking.com guarantees the best prices for any type of property, and no booking fees!
CheapOAir has deals for flights, hotels, and much much more. Always shop around!
If you're flying to Israel, consider flying El Al!