What is the purpose of being able to log in to any amazon website?

United States
January 17, 2016 5:06am CST
Let me clarify as there are many amazon websites now. I am referring to the main shopping website. If you have an amazon account you can log in to any countries amazon. I found out that you can log into any amazon website from someone here. I don't remember who and I don't remember how long ago I found this out. My question is why are you able to do this? I suppose I was under the impression it would make things easier. I was under the impression that you could log into a different countries amazon if you were purchasing a gift for someone in that country. I guess I thought it would make shipping cheaper and provide merchants that are not available in the buyer's country. Is the ability to log into another countries amazon a fluke or does it have a purpose? Do you know?
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@jend80 (2068)
17 Jan 16
It's so amazon can make more money from global buyers. It's great being able to order things that are cheaper in other countries (allowing for customs) or aren't sold here & being able to to log in without needing separate accounts & have every site work the same way is very convenient.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
I appreciate the information. I did try to purchase one thing but it wouldn't let me. I'll keep trying though as there are some food items that I believe to be cheaper (even with the cost to ship) on the other sites. I suppoe the amazon balance doesn't carry over and can be used throughout the different variants but do you know? (amazon gift card balance is what I refer to)
@JESSY3236 (6753)
• United States
18 Jan 16
I think it makes it easier for them to sell things instead of going to another site to sign in.
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@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 16
THey make me log in to check shipping info and to order.
• United States
17 Jan 16
I think we are confused (both of us). I am talking about logging into another amazon (like .ca, .co.uk, .in). We can do this but why?
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@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum ...Oh I guess I don't know what you mean then.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
@celticeagle It's okay, half the time I don't even know what I mean and I'm the one saying it! lol
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17 Jan 16
I have no idea, but I want to follow this. I wonder if it's only available in that country but you can log on to it if you can then buy it?
• United States
17 Jan 16
I tried buying something from the .co.uk version of amazon once. It wouldn't let me. I didn't try for anything else but I do wonder.
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@jend80 (2068)
17 Jan 16
As long as it's not blocked for legal or other restrictions (or by marketplace sellers deciding not to sell outside there own countries because of postage costs) it's possible to buy something that's only available in one country.
18 Jan 16
@jend80 HOw does the exchange rate work? I know i have friends in Canada who complain because stuff on our amazon is always way cheaper.
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• Preston, England
17 Jan 16
I imagine it prioritizes sellers in the same country as that can reduce shipping costs and means your goods arrive sooner if sent right away
• United States
17 Jan 16
I thought this as well. I know this is a bit off the topic but I wonder if there are merchants who sell their goods on several of the different amazons?
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• Preston, England
17 Jan 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum they may well do but I never checked so closely - I generally just look for the things I want and need and then stop
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@alberello75 (18012)
• Genova, Italy
17 Jan 16
You see. I never bought anything online, until now .. My brother instead! Voice of the people says that Amazon is the best place where you can buy, good quality/price ratio. My brother, however, had to register at the site, otherwise (he says), is not possible to buy!
• United States
17 Jan 16
Yes of course. I've had an amazon account for years.
@Morleyhunt (19894)
• Canada
17 Jan 16
I never shop amazon, although I did open an account to access some free books.
• United States
17 Jan 16
I have an amazon prime account, use my kindle to read books, and accrue amazon gift cards to purchase essentials for my home. The prime has saved me from late presents when I've had to wait until I had the money to buy things.