It looks like we will be shopping on Amazon Australia much sooner than we initially thought. Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (we're sure you already have all of your bookmarks saved) comes news this morning that the US online giant could be up and trading in Australia within the next 48 hours. Word around the retail powerhouse's expansion into Australian territories broke last year however details of size and timings have been few and far between, until now. obtained an email sent to Amazon Marketplace sellers, advising them to be ready to receive orders by 2PM AEST on Thursday November 23. "To prepare for the launch of the Amazon Marketplace in Australia we will start an internal testing phase with a small number of customers," the email says. "As your products will be able to be purchased, please make sure your pricing and stock is up-to-date." The note signed off with: "Let's Make History!"

Right now, even before the expected launch, Australian's spend between $500 and $700 million on Amazon product via international services, so the introduction of an Australian extension is going to have a big effect on the retail market in Australia.  

The email does not state how many customers are included in the test phase, or when Amazon Australia will be available for everyone to shop, but with a testing phase in play, one can only assume that it will be very soon. In the meantime, credit cards at the ready. 

Amazon is launching in Australia so much sooner than you thought