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.
Amazon Global offers international shipping, and you prepay any import fees.
BetterWorldBooks.com - check for coupon codes! I *always* order with a coupon (example: code RETAILMENOT10 for 10% off 2 or more used books thru June 30, 2012). 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 an Ebates account, you can get a great rebate if you start shopping there! (but first sign up for your coupon!)
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. That said, if you choose to order, and you are a first time customer, use coupon code QEJ101 for $5 off your first order)
endless.com Super fast delivery, very reliable. $5/$10 shipping. I was thrilled with their service. Great shoes for less money than cheap shoes that fall apart in 4 weeks here... no need to say more. (some shoes and accessories cannot be purchased internationally, but MOST can) Here's an example of great shoes for a great price: Stride Rite Angler Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid),Brown,7.5 M US Toddler
Fishpond - sells a huge variety of items, including Legos, Melissa & Doug toys, health and beaty items, books, etc etc etc. It's huge. And it's all free shipping worldwide! Just watch out for customs limits - so some of those big Lego sets would get taxed, but a small one costs about half the price of a local toy store, and it ships for free! I'm going to check this out when I have some spare cash for splurging!
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.
ASOS Clothing for adults. (free standard shipping to Israel) (I have never ordered from them, but I have friends who have)
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)
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.
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 - 8% OFF Over $35 Sitewide. Coupon code: JULYSAVE. Valid from 1, July to 31, July, 2012.
Still waiting for shipping information from: The Hunger Site Store (I have never ordered from them)
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