When ordering items on Amazon, be careful to avoid unpleasant surprises that show up after you submit your order. I have been caught off guard by such things as sales taxes and an unacceptably late delivery date that I didn’t notice before. I was so focused on shipping costs that I missed them even though such information was available right under my nose. It’s easy to do when ordering a bunch of items from Amazon at the same time, as your order is likely to be broken down into multiple sub-orders. That’s because some of those items are being sold directly by Amazon while others are being sold by third party vendors through Amazon.
The latter are the ones you have to be especially cautious with. Many of them are foreign companies or individuals. Therefore, it may take a lot longer to receive the items you buy from them. I ordered 17 items from Amazon as Christmas presents this year. After I submitted my order, I noticed that an item I had bought for my brother was not expected to be delivered until well after Christmas. I should have noticed that when I added the item to my shopping cart. Another reason to pay attention to where the items are coming from is the sales tax status. Amazon generally doesn’t collect sales taxes on the items it sells directly. However, if an item is being sold by a third party vendor located in your state, it will collect the taxes. So, if you don’t want to pay taxes on a given item, make sure it is originating from an out-of-state vendor.