Bargain hunters – check out Fishpond, the best Australian alternative to eBay. With a huge catalogue featuring everything from books, movies, music, games and toys to home wares, electronics, apparel, accessories, beauty products, baby products and furniture, you’re sure to find something great for an even better price.
Catch a bargain at Fishpond.
The bargains at Fishpond are even bigger than the range, with an offering of hundreds of thousands of popular products reduced by more than 50% in price. The biggest boon of all, however, goes to book lovers, as Fishpond is Australia’s largest online bookstore, listing more than seven million books in every genre and format – almost all of them on sale.
Fishpond also makes buying easy for CD seekers, with thirty second track samples available for many albums, and the website as a whole is designed to assist uncomplicated browsing. Searching for what you want (or what you didn’t know you wanted before seeing the low cost) is made simple when refined by subcategory, price and discount.
Once you’ve found your desired Fishpond purchase, all you need to do is pay (by credit card, PayPal, cheque or money order) and you’ll receive it within an average of three days. Due to local distribution and a focus on local sourcing (which also means you’ll always get Region 4 DVDs instead of the US or UK version), standard shipping within Australia is fast – and free. The exception is Sell Yours items dispatched by individual sellers, which generally incur a $4.99 postage fee. The Fishpond catalogue is primarily made up of Fishpond products with free delivery, however it’s worth having a look at the Sell Yours items as well, as an even bigger discount may cancel out the postage fee.
Another good reason to look at the Sell Yours section is because selling yours might be exactly what you want to do. Fishpond is a good site to use for selling old books, CDs and DVDs, as the process is very simple – select or add an item, choose the condition and cost, and you will be notified when a sale is made so that you can start sending. In this case, the $4.99 postage fee paid by the customer will be passed on to you (unless a higher fee is required and listed) and will be paid into your bank or Fishpond account along with the purchase price, minus a 10% commission. This is an easy way to get rid of old belongings and make a bit of cash, but is really only practical for small items – while Fishpond manages and administrates the sale, making the process relatively trouble-free, the downside is that there can be no collection and cash payment option, which works better for bulky items like furniture.
Last but not least, Fishpond also caters to those looking for gifts. Paper and electronic gift vouchers are available for any value over $10 and $1 respectively. Alternatively, you can purchase a gift for someone (the latest designer perfume or perhaps an MP3 player) and have it delivered directly to them. This is a good idea if you usually send presents to someone who lives elsewhere in the country, as it saves double handling and postage costs, leaving you with more time and money to spend on finding and purchasing the gift itself. All receipts are sent by email to the buyer so the recipient won’t see the price, and the Fishpond staff will even gift wrap your purchase for you – simply select the gift wrap option (for a fee of $5.95) as you go through the checkout.
I ordered a book from Fishpond last year and it was incredibly slow to arrive - much longer than anything I've ever ordered via Amazon. I was really disappointed at the time. Maybe they've improved though? I guess I could give them another go - maybe I was just unlucky.
I buy nearly all of my books, textbooks included, from Fishpond- they're delightfully cheap and have a huge range. In fact, today I received two books in the mail from them!
Although I find that the 'average delivery of three days' is rubbish. I've ordered enough books from them to discover that the average is more like three weeks! But, you can't expect perfect service at bargain prices. If you're not in a rush to get your books then Fishpond is highly recommended.