How Israelis are beating the high cost of living
Did you catch the Times of Israel blog post by Kenny Sahr?
If not, I wanted to bring to your attention the three places he recommends for online shopping:
1. Deal Extreme– this is the mecca for cheap (I really mean cheap) non-name versions of all electronics and accessories. If you don’t care if it is not a brand name, or is a copy of a brand name, and you want low prices with free shipping to Israel, check it out. I am more of a high-quality long-lasting purchase kind of person, especially after my experience with defective $1 iPhone USB cables, but to each his own. They are insanely popular among Israelis.
2. Book Depository– This site has a huge selection of English books and shipping is free to Israel. The prices area few (i.e. 3-5) dollars more than Amazon, and they don’t have used books, but otherwise they have excellent quality and relatively fast shipping. I love this site.
3. Alibaba– Another Chinese warehousing site- some of which ships free to Israel. You can buy everything from rice to machinery to toys to clothing to furniture. I don’t know what passes through customs and what doesn’t and according to Kenny not all items have free shipping to Israel. I have never purchased anything here.