richardw001 Registered User
#16

scum01 said:
Hey thanks so much for your post! I've been looking into buying a Kindle today and your logic about 3g and internet ordering are spot on. I was worried about finding it in stores here as PC World/Currys dont advertise it on their websites but I guess I will just have to pop in and have a look!

No worries - hopefully it's of use - if you ring the currys number on the website they can tell you what's in stock and in what shops - save you a trip ! It's mad anyways that people are going to the extremes they are (and the prices) to buy kindles

Just one other comment on the kindles - they are brilliant - however they are only good for reading - nothing else - I've used the web over it over the last few days - however I would still even buy books over the iPhone or laptop - the web browser on the kindle would equate to something from the 80's :-)

Keedowah Registered User
#17

Nice post Richard. I got a kindle a week ago - need to finish off a couple of books before moving over to it though. Getting great use out of it already by sending blog posts to it that I read on the bus on the way into work - just install the Readability plugin to your browser and then send any web page to it - works great!

richardw001 Registered User
#18

Keedowah said:
Nice post Richard. I got a kindle a week ago - need to finish off a couple of books before moving over to it though. Getting great use out of it already by sending blog posts to it that I read on the bus on the way into work - just install the Readability plugin to your browser and then send any web page to it - works great!


Readability is nice - didn't realise you could add it on the kindle.

One other bit of info that people might find handy - I use the following

http://ebooks.addall.com/amazonfree.html

it does a meta search and throws up lots of books that are free in the amazon store - a lot of it is crap - however you get some good ones as well - sometimes even famous authors reduce their ebook prices to zero for a little while

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japanesebanana Registered User
#19

Great post! Thanks very much. I think I've been convinced! It's easy to be swayed by all the shiny new things, but as you said, all I want is an ereader!

japanesebanana Registered User
#20

Oh one more thing, does it have to be amazon kindle books that you download, or can you download any type of ebook/pdf?

Jimoslimos Registered User
#21

japanesebanana said:
Oh one more thing, does it have to be amazon kindle books that you download, or can you download any type of ebook/pdf?

You can download any type of ebook/pdf to the kindle, EXCEPT epub ones.

These can be converted to read on kindles using Calibre software BUT ONLY works with non-drm protected epub files.

Calibre also acts as a handy itunes type library for your books.

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Andy-Pandy Registered User
#22

humbert said:
That seems very dodgy. When I read up on Import Fees Deposit I understood it to be customs tax which could be redeemed if it was not required. I definitely could be wrong but I would look into it.


I asked amazon about this

You are now connected to BalaNaveen from Amazon.com.
Me:Hello there,
I have a question in regards to the improt fees deposit
BalaNaveen:Hello, my name is BalaNaveen. Welcome to Amazon.com! I'll be happy to help you today.
Me:thanks
if i pay the import fee deposit, but still have to pay a charge on delivery, can i get a refund. look at post 8 on this thread
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056406617
is it a double payment
the import fee deposit is $36.95 but this person still paid €19.50 on delivery
BalaNaveen:Amazon Export Sales will estimate and collect an import fees deposit to certain destination countries.
These funds will be used by the carrier or another agent to pay the import fees on your behalf to the appropriate authorities when your package reaches the destination country.
The estimated import fees deposit will be displayed in the cost summary on the last page of our online order form, just before you submit your order.
Me:what happens in the situation i have given an example of above
BalaNaveen:So, that's only the estimate we charge you on the order,andrew. If the charges are more as decided by the destinated country,you'll have to pay more. That isn't considered as double payment.
Me:ok, i just wanted to confirm this. so if i order the kindle i can expect to pay an extra 19.50 on delivery. is that correct
BalaNaveen:As I informed you, the charge depends on the fees your country charges you. What we charge you on the order is only the estimate,andrew.
Me:ok, thanks for your help


It seems that the estimate is actually short on what the real amount is. Im gonna order it anyway. Cant wait.

PaddyBloggit Registered User
#23

I ordered a kindle Monday morning.

DHL delivered it on Wednesday.

I didn't have to pay any extra to DHL.

richardw001 Registered User
#24

kaji said:
Hey, OP here. This is the Kindle I bought- the non-touch one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051QVF7A

I ordered it on Sunday and it arrived on Wednesday (yesterday). I was shocked at how fast the delivery was from America. When I bought it from Amazon.com, the total was : $157.28

Item(s) Subtotal: $109.00
Shipping & Handling: $20.98
-----
Total Before Tax: $129.98
Sales Tax: $0.00
Import Fees Deposit $27.30
-----
Total for This Shipment: $157.28


I thought the $27.30 was to cover the customs but then DHL charged me €19.50 when they delived the Kindle to me, so dunno if I can try and get something back off Amazon cos feel like I paid the customs twice. Oh well.

Anyway, the Kindle is way nicer in the flesh than it is in pictures on the web. I actually thought it was ugly first when they announced it but I'm glad I chose this model now. It's grey in colour, and has 4 buttons and a D-pad on the bottom. It's the perfect size really. I read about 70 pages of a book last night and found it so easy- lying in bed, I didn't have to constantly turn pages and prop the book open. It's so easy to use, and looks so cool.

My friends will be so jealous when they see it, it's unlike anything else I've seen before. It actually looks like real paper. The screen reflects light, so it was harder to read at night with a lamo on the other side of the room so wanna buy one of those leather covers with a light for it, don't really need one as I could just move the lamp but what the hell! Gonne look for a cheap one off dealextreme or some site like that.

Overall, I'm so glad I bought it- it's not distracting reading on it as it is trying to read something on a laptop. I was worried that it would just be a novelty for me but I read loads last night and I haven't read a book in about 6 months so that's proof! I used to read loads as a child but got out of the habit, so aim to read about 3 books a month with this! Got about 200 books uploaded on it now, love Calibre. It's like itunes for your Kindle. Download it now and you can see what it's like before you buy the Kindle. I'll upload pics later cos only have my camera phone on me.


I'd contact dhl first and explain that you already paid the import fees you did to amazon
Customs is about 20 percent
Amazon have presumably paid this to dhl
Someone somewhere along the way has made a mistake that has meant you've paid more like 50 percent !
If I were you I would also email amazon and explain the situation and ask for a full investigation - you bought an international kindle after all ! I know it's only 20 euro however it's unacceptable in my opinion

Jimoslimos Registered User
#25

Andy-Pandy said:
I asked amazon about this

You are now connected to BalaNaveen from Amazon.com.
Me:Hello there,
I have a question in regards to the improt fees deposit
BalaNaveen:Hello, my name is BalaNaveen. Welcome to Amazon.com! I'll be happy to help you today.
Me:thanks
if i pay the import fee deposit, but still have to pay a charge on delivery, can i get a refund. look at post 8 on this thread
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056406617
is it a double payment
the import fee deposit is $36.95 but this person still paid €19.50 on delivery
BalaNaveen:Amazon Export Sales will estimate and collect an import fees deposit to certain destination countries.
These funds will be used by the carrier or another agent to pay the import fees on your behalf to the appropriate authorities when your package reaches the destination country.
The estimated import fees deposit will be displayed in the cost summary on the last page of our online order form, just before you submit your order.
Me:what happens in the situation i have given an example of above
BalaNaveen:So, that's only the estimate we charge you on the order,andrew. If the charges are more as decided by the destinated country,you'll have to pay more. That isn't considered as double payment.
Me:ok, i just wanted to confirm this. so if i order the kindle i can expect to pay an extra 19.50 on delivery. is that correct
BalaNaveen:As I informed you, the charge depends on the fees your country charges you. What we charge you on the order is only the estimate,andrew.
Me:ok, thanks for your help


It seems that the estimate is actually short on what the real amount is. Im gonna order it anyway. Cant wait.

Doesn't sound right at all. Was the bill/receipt for €19.50 total or was it a greater amount minus the $27.30 (~€20) paid by Amazon. The estimated value for import fees seems spot on.

VAT is calculated as 21% for imports

Euro value of the kindle + shipping ($129.98) is approximately €95
21% of €95 = ~ €20
Amount charged by Amazon (in euro) to cover this ~ €20

If there was any excess to be charged it would be minimal, in the region of a euro or two at most.

Get back in contact with Amazon and don't let it rest, otherwise you're paying close on 42% tax for the item

Figures broken down here:
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/saved_calculations/view_details/5453215/

NicoleL88 Registered User
#26

Lads, why are ye paying an extortionate amount of money to have a Kindle imported from .com when you can buy it in PC World/Tesco?

If it's the Kindle Touch ye're on about then ok, but if its the Kindle 4 with the 4 buttons then you can buy that in Ireland for about €109.

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johnayo Registered User
#27

NicoleL88 said:
Lads, why are ye paying an extortionate amount of money to have a Kindle imported from .com when you can buy it in PC World/Tesco?

If it's the Kindle Touch ye're on about then ok, but if its the Kindle 4 with the 4 buttons then you can buy that in Ireland for about €109.


Have any of these stores got these in stock?

friendlylady Registered User
#28

Why are none of you buying the Kindle from PC world??? You seem to be going to alot of trouble and risk for very little gain. PC world currently have the wifi one at 159.99 and the full 3G one at 179.99. Might be a better option for anyone else who is interested in purchasing a Kindle.

friendlylady Registered User
#29

johnayo said:
Have any of these stores got these in stock?

Well I was only looking at them in PC World in The Square about 5 days ago.

NicoleL88 Registered User
#30

They became available in Ireland for purchase about four-five days ago. Bought the Kindle 4 in PC World today for €109. You can get the Kindle Keyboard WiFi only for €129 and the Kindle Keyboard 3G and WiFi for €179.

As I said before, you cannot get the Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire. Its for US customers only. Ps: I'm not a Kindle nut, I'm a Kindle Specialist at Amazon and my boyfriend got one today.

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