Winter is an appealing idea for most Singaporeans. It is a refreshing get-away from the hot all-year-round tropical weather in Singapore.
Thoughts of playing in the snow, spending christmas in a winter wonderland, drinking hot chocolate in cold weather, staying cool and dry without dripping any sweat are like a dream come true for many of us.
Even the nearest countries with snow like Japan and Korea are not that near to Singapore.
Apart from spending on the airfares, accommodation or tour packages to the winter land, we still need to spend on getting proper attire like winter jackets, hats, thermal wear, gloves etc. The costs can add up to a rather significant level.
So where do most people buy their winter clothes in Singapore?
There are a couple of shops and places to buy from. The most common ones are Winter Times, Cold Wear, Uniqlo and OG department store. You probably might have been to one of these or even bought something there before (so do I).
These are great places to buy from, but what happens if the merchandise there are limited in terms of design, color and sizes? Or what if you are having difficultly finding the right type of winter boots that you want, or you don’t wish to spend so much money on it?
Well, recently I’ve discovered a great alternative to buy winter gear from.
And it’s none other than Amazon!
The good thing about Amazon is that it provides free shipping to Singapore for purchases of USD125 and above and they even allow free returns for certain items.
However, not every item is eligible for free shipping or free returns, so you need filter and look at the item description properly.
Here are the steps on how to shop for winter clothes on Amazon.
1. Go to www.amazon.com
Amazon will detect from your IP that you are from Singapore and will automatically displayed the Singapore site.
2. Search for your item
3. Set the filters
Scroll down the page and look for the words ‘Refine By’ on the menu in the left column.
4. Checked the right boxes
Checked the boxes for ‘Ship to Singapore’ and ‘Free International Shipping’. Amazon will automatically refresh the page. ‘Ship to Singapore’ means the item can be shipped to Singapore but not necessarily free shipping, so checking on ‘Free International Shipping’ will ensure that you are only looking at items that are eligible for free shipping to Singapore.
And that’s pretty much it! The items on the page that you are browsing are all eligible for free international shipping to Singapore!
Amazon Return Policy For Singapore Orders
One thing to note is that not all items are eligible for free returns. If an item is eligible for it, usually it will display ‘free returns’ like the item below.
For item that is not eligible for free returns, it will look something like this:
If you are buying an item that does not have a ‘free returns’, you still can return it, just that its not free and the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. Check out Amazon’s Return Policy.
Some items cannot be returned to Amazon. Certain things like health and personal care items (e.g. under garment) etc are not refundable. Be sure to check out what are these items are before buying. If in doubt, post your question on the product page and wait for a reply.
I have not return anything to Amazon before, but it seems like you need to drop off at UPS in order to return an item to Amazon.
I did a search on UPS drop off locations and found out that there’s only 2 in Singapore and both are in Kallang/Lavender area.
It’s not really that convenient to return something to Amazon, so if you want to avoid returning, be sure read the product description page thoroughly, check out reviews, ask questions or do research online.
If possible, try out the exact item first in a physical store in Singapore before buying from Amazon (make sure the item is cheaper to buy online!).
Amazon can be an amazing place to buy almost anything. I’ve bought hiking shoes, trekking pants and snow boots and it’s been great so far. I highly recommend it.
If you have any questions or feedback on buying things from Amazon, feel free to share your comments below!