Can I get around the ban, and is it legal?
Orders received by Amazon’s American website will no longer be shipped to Australia. The same rule applies for Amazon’s other overseas websites.
However, there may be ways to circumvent the policy — if you’re prepared to invest some time and money.
While Amazon will not ship to Australian customers, US parcel shipping services will not be subject to any ban.
These forward-shipping services provide a US delivery address for retail purchases, allowing goods to be sent overseas without triggering any shipping restrictions.
But there’s still the tricky question of how to access the Amazon US website in the first place.
You will have to use a virtual private network (VPN) to get around the Amazon geo-ban and access the US site.
VPN services connect you to a public network that can be based in another country, which makes your computer look like it is based in the country you choose.
There are no laws in Australia currently preventing people using a VPN.
But it is technically a violation of the terms of service of the provider, in this case Amazon, to which you agree when you sign up.
So they are within their rights to ban you from using the service if caught.