by robg1
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Does Amazon work as well in the UK as much as the US?

I've never actually compared the two but I have a feeling that it doesn't.

Reason? Well, the US is a much larger country as we all know and have some towns that can be hundreds of miles away from the next one. This means that the folk who live in these towns don't necessarily have access to large shopping malls and so they find Amazon a great place to shop online for almost anything.

Whereas in the UK it doesn't matter where you live, most towns have access to the likes of Comet, Argos, Dixons etc, which provide competition for Amazon and not 100's of miles away for most people to get to.

I may be wrong but I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author webdesignnomad
    I think Amazon is a very viable option in the UK, granted it would probably be slightly less successful than if you were in the US. I have known people to be successful as an Amazon affiliate even in Australia!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hooper-Kelly
    Hi Robj1,

    There's no reason why you need to confine your activities to just selling Amazon UK stuff. The world - literally - is your oyster, here.

    And, as you say, the US market is far bigger, so that's where you should concentrate to get the best return on your efforts.

    This is the WORLD wide web.

    Good luck!

    Warmest regards,

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author BlueOak
    Originally Posted by robg1 View Post

    Does Amazon work as well in the UK as much as the US?

    I've never actually compared the two but I have a feeling that it doesn't.

    Reason? Well, the US is a much larger country as we all know and have some towns that can be hundreds of miles away from the next one. This means that the folk who live in these towns don't necessarily have access to large shopping malls and so they find Amazon a great place to shop online for almost anything.

    Whereas in the UK it doesn't matter where you live, most towns have access to the likes of Comet, Argos, Dixons etc, which provide competition for Amazon and not 100's of miles away for most people to get to.

    I may be wrong but I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

    Rob
    Consider all things. The USA is much bigger and more of a "buy buy buy" nation. the UK is a scaled down version, with a gentlemens accent. People everywhere are willing to buy online, but the US does excel at it.

    The question is, why not both? Start in US and expand to UK.
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  • Profile picture of the author AgentHomes
    It appears that Amazon is moving to same day or next day delivery when you buy from them. It will probably be far easier to execute this strategy in the UK due to the smaller geography.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Not exactly true. Most people do not live where the nearest town is hundreds of miles away. Most people live in areas where there is too much shopping available rather than too little. I live in the country, but there's shopping galore just 30 minutes away and everyday shopping just 10 minutes away.
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  • Profile picture of the author bunnywoof
    Not sure if this makes any difference but Amazon is opening 3 new distribution centres in the UK, creating 2000 new jobs.

    Here is a link to the article.... Amazon To Boost UK Presence With New Distribution Centres - myHermes Auction Delivery News
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    lol... interesting theory.

    But I can assure you that millions people still buy from amazon UK.

    The monthly search volume is less, but so is the competition in for most keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Even if you have lots of places to shop at, people still love the idea of going online and buying what ever they need.

    Just because most affiliates are in the US, does not mean that they have higher profitability with Amazon. I know of guys and ladies who all the way down in Australia who are making great income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    Bad week for them this week. I only bought 7 items.
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    • Profile picture of the author robg1
      Originally Posted by Jean Morgan View Post

      Bad week for them this week. I only bought 7 items.
      Oh dear
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  • Profile picture of the author robg1
    Thanks for all the comments guys..much appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author bunnywoof
    Going back to what somebody said earlier, i am sure i have read a thread that you cant have a UK affiliate account and sell to USA as it just takes them to the USA site from the UK and your commission goes and vice versa.

    Please correct me if i am wrong as i would love to be able to do both UK here and then to the USA as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author robg1
      Originally Posted by bunnywoof View Post

      Going back to what somebody said earlier, i am sure i have read a thread that you cant have a UK affiliate account and sell to USA as it just takes them to the USA site from the UK and your commission goes and vice versa.

      Please correct me if i am wrong as i would love to be able to do both UK here and then to the USA as well.

      The simple solution to your question is to open Amazon accounts in the UK and US. that way you can sell to both markets.
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  • Profile picture of the author Socialbakers
    Both the Amazon UK and Amazon US are big markets. However, US is a much bigger country, so the total number of purchases done is much higher. However, it would be interesting to see a comparison of the ratio of Amazon US purchases/US inhabitants with Amazon UK purchases/UK inhabitants.
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