Shortly before dinner I ordered a stack of books from Amazon in the US and clicked on the button for international delivery.
Yep, I order from Amazon in the US instead of the UK or Germany. Why?
Well, first of all, it is actually cheaper. Not only do the books cost less in the US. But the shipping rates are less as well. Especially with the current exchange rate. And trust me when I say you don't want to know the cost of English-language books here in Switzerland!
I also get the books much faster. I just checked the status of my order. The books have already been boxed and are waiting for the shipper to collect them. I expect them to be on their way by tomorrow morning. I expect them to arrive by the end of next week. At least, that has been the pattern from past shipments.
When I ordered from Germany it was more than a week before anyone bothered to get the books off the shelf and stick them in a box, even though that status for all of them was "available." Then it was another week before they actually managed to ship the box. The entire process took nearly 3 weeks from order to delivery at my door.
My experimental order from the UK never arrived and I eventually cancelled it. Not eager to place another order.
So, yes, Amazon in the US really is the best option. Even from Switzerland!