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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 competetive 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. 


BetterWorldBooks.com - check for coupon codes! I *always* order with a coupon. Although right now, you can get 15% off your purchase of 4 or more used books, no coupon code required. 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.

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 lbs will incur higher shipping fees)  If you have a BigCrumbs account, you can get a great rebate if you start shopping there! (but first sign up for your coupon!) (BigCrumbs requires a PayPal account based in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, or Australia, as far as I know. But it's worth it)

iHerb (at this time, they do not guarantee arrival in Israel, and will not refund lost deliveries. I myself, have never had a problem. But there are plenty of people out there who may not be willing to take the risk. If you use my link, and are a first time customer, a great discount will show up in your cart!

Amazon Global offers international shipping, and you prepay any import fees.

Forces of Nature coupon '10OFF30' $10 Off any purchase of $30 or more Exp 12/31/12 International shipping via USPS for $9.95 Homeopathic and natural remedies.

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.

Ahaishipping - Women's Clothing  Free shipping to most worldwide destinations (yes, Israel is on the list). Clothing starts at $9.90 per item

ASOS Clothing for adults. (free standard shipping to Israel) (I have never ordered from them, but I have friends who have)

Vesst.com sells clothing for men and women and offers free international shipping via airmail

Running Warehouse has a few interntional shipping options. Choose World Mail for their cheapest option, it gets delivered using the postal service, and costs about $15.

NatureShop - sells shoes, clothing, housewares, and more free shipping worldwide, ships from the UK via Royal Mail (I have never ordered from them, but I have friends who have)

Little Ones Clothing - high quality clothing for babies and children. International deliveries are shipped using Royal Mail and cost 4.50 GBP (about $7.30) (I have never ordered from them)

Cameo Jewelry Supply $12.95 international shipping. Ships via USPS in a flat rate envelope (items must fit in the envelope and be under the 4 lb weight limit for this method) (I have never ordered from them)

Gone Sewing - sewing supplies. Worldwide shipping for $3.33! (I have never ordered from them)

1-2-3 Stitch! Sells sewing and craft supplies, including craft kits. Shipping is via US Mail, and is calculated in your cart. Remember to check their clearance section for great deals! (I have never ordered from them)

dealextreme  - Worldwide Free Shipping, mostly electronics and gadgets. (I have never ordered from them)

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. (I have never ordered from them)

Zavvi - I believe this site is owned by The Hut (above), and sells the same types of items - DVDs, music, games, toys, clothing, gifts... They offer international shipping for 0.99 GBP, and soon free international shipping for orders over 35 GBP. They also have a rewards program, where you collect points every time you make a purchase. (They may charge the shipping fee per item)

StrawberryNET.com cosmetics and beauty supply. Ships free. (I have never ordered from them)

The Craft Barn Ships crafting supplies from the UK. International Shipping is capped at 10 GBP per order. (I have never ordered from them)

Housable.com Ships via airmail, worldwide, for free. I have no experience shopping from them. They sell all sorts of housewares and goods. (I have never ordered from them)

9Mart -  Sells all sorts of things - for $9 apiece. I have no experience shopping with them. they offer free Airmail (sent from Hong Kong) on all orders.

Tmart sells all sorts of stuff from China. (Again, I have no experience shopping with them). Free worldwide shipping.


Chocolate Circle - sells food-themed gift items (they all look like food). Shipping is free, and is sent out via airmail in Hong Kong. (I have never ordered from them)

Amazon UK ships here, but I found their fees slightly higher than I am comfortable with. (I have never ordered from them)

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)

Focalprice - all sorts of gadgets and electronics and miscellaneous items from China

Mashmaster home brewing supplies. Ships some items using air mail... (I have no personal experience with them)
Still waiting for shipping information from: The Hunger Site Store (I have never ordered from them)

The Magic Depot offers free worldwide shipping on orders of $60+

Happy Mall offers tchachkeh like stuff from all over the world. International shipping starts at $7.50

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12 comments:

  1. I ordered vitamins from VitaCost and did not have a good experience. Customs in Israel kept the box for two weeks and I finally was able to contact them (by getting the number through Fedex). I had to sign a form stating that the vitamins were not for resale and did not contain meat products. No big deal--just a delay. Then, I had to appoint an agent to shuffle the box through the system, and the total cost of getting them through was a whopping 600 shekels. I will go back to doing what I've always done and have them sent to someone in the US who will be coming here to visit.

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    1. Wow! I have never heard that before from anyone! Did you order a large amount at a time? (i.e. over the non-taxable amount?) I have always used their Global Mail (DHL) delivery and on occasion there is a slight delay but I've never encountered any fees. I always recommend people avoid FedEx delivery, as well, as you will nearly always be assessed fees. Perhaps I should add that in above.

      I know Israeli customs does not like Vitamins being imported in large quantity, and I only order small amounts at a time.

      Sorry to hear you had a bad experience.

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    2. I had the same experience with Fedex and DHL too. I only ordered few different items under $100. Once it was even under $70 and I had to pay by Fedex.

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  2. I've ordered from iHerb several times now and it's always been great. They no longer use Fed Ex because of horrendous problems like yours. My vitamins arrive as quickly as in just a week via Global Priority Mail with DHL, for just a $4 delivery charge.

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  3. are you including grocery store online shopping as well?

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  4. sure! I'm trying to compile more links so I can update this page... thanks!

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  5. In the 30 years I am here I have not seen price differences that warranted ordering from overseas. My suspicion is that most Anglos like to shop supermarkets, malls and chains. Big pretty stores that are over priced. I am plus plus sized and have clothes. Kids clothes have never been a problem. I did order from the book depository until I got a kindle, ebooks are all I have ever ordered from amazon, most free or around $3. And kashrut is better in Israel on anything edible.

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    1. Rivka, I'm so glad you've found what works for you! Let's hope everyone finds a way to get what they need in a way that is comfortable for his/her own needs/styles/budget... This list is here for those who are looking to supplement their local shopping!

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    2. I have to completely disagree with Rivka here. I've been here for 6 and a half years and there are plenty of products that I simply cannot get here, or are only to be found in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem (I live in Ashkelon). There are countless other products that are much more expensive and cannot be purchased for cheap at the market (vitamins and supplements, for example).
      Life might be harder here economically, but not everybody wants to ALWAYS cut corners, go without, or make due with inferior quality.

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    3. Thanks for sharing your experience, Morris! Obviously, I am of a similar mind.

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    4. I agree Morris! We have been living here since 2006 and we spent so much money to buy things from abroad what they don't sell here. Some example, simple but very important stuff for us: Nutritional yeast, Natural baking soda, Locust bean gum powder, borax, they still don't sell these here and our list goes on and on!

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