to Customers in Switzerland: Merry Christmas and Farewell!

What should I find in my E-mail today but this, from

Amazon to Swiss Customers: Farewell

After more than two decades as the preeminent source for books for Anglophone readers in Switzerland, have decided to celebrate Boxing Day 2018 by punching their loyal customers in the gut.  They will no longer be able to order physical books or any other non-digital product from, but will rather be restricted to the much more limited selection available from Amazon subsidiaries in European Union (EU) countries.

People living in Switzerland who wish to order books in languages not available from subsidiaries in the European Union, for example Japanese and Chinese, are completely out of luck.  They will no longer have access to books from any Amazon site outside the EU.

Why is this happening?  Well, as usual, when you encounter something foul, coercive, and totally irrational, it’s a good bet the wicked European Union and its crooked Customs Union is involved.  The European Union has used its economic power to coerce Switzerland into conforming its trade policies with its deeply corrupt Customs Union.  The EU styles itself as a “free trade” zone, but in fact, it is a cartel with tariff barriers surrounding it which are erected to protect constituencies with political power in Brussels.

It deeply offends the slavers in Brussels that anybody should book a profit, anywhere in the world, which is not subject to their taxation (even though imports from outside the EU are subject to tariffs, duties, and Value Added Tax).  So, by putting up barriers, they prevent, a U.S. company, from shipping physical products even into non-EU countries over which they can exercise their power.

If you wonder why the issue of remaining in the EU Customs Union is such a big thing in the Brexit deal, this is why.


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9 thoughts on “ to Customers in Switzerland: Merry Christmas and Farewell!”

  1. ctlaw:
    Is an amazon customer in the UK subject to the same restrictions?

    At the moment, pending a final resolution of the Brexit negotiations, the UK is within the EU Customs Union and UK customers are subject to the same restrictions but can ship to addresses within the EU Customs Union.

    After 2019-03-29, it depends upon what the deal is.  If the UK is definitively outside the EU Customs Union (which will be the case with the “no deal—WTO option”), then it’s probable customers in the UK will be able to buy from in the U.S. freely, but that will not be able to ship physical products to addresses in the EU.

    Ain’t free trade great?

    If were publicly traded, I’d probably take a small flyer in its stock.

  2. Why on Earth would any sane person willingly live in Europe? Even in the states nominally “free” of the EU they still manage to find a way to, how shall we say, stick it to you. There are much better places out there to enjoy freedom than any place in Europe. Europe is like a continental California: great if you are super rich or hopelessly dependent on the state, but hell if you are in the middle class.

  3. I haven’t done it but I can order things from and ship them to Japan. Another friend has used the service. Not all items are eligible for shipping to Japan but there is quite a selection.

  4. 10 Cents:
    I haven’t done it but I can order things from and ship them to Japan. Another friend has used the service. Not all items are eligible for shipping to Japan but there is quite a selection.

    I really liked it when we could order a baby gift from Amazon for friends in Japan.   Amazing convenience.

    Still, Amazon is a company I ordinarily try to avoid, on account of the way they support Leftists in America.


  5. I “can’t like” the OP, because it creates a huge inconvenience for some of my friends, but all I can say is corporations, taxes and what must be done… well it must be done.

    Maybe something like what was reported in “STUNG” will be the result, maybe not.


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