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 :-)
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
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
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!
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.
I asked amazon about this
You are now connected to BalaNaveen from Amazon.com.
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.
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
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.
I ordered a kindle Monday morning.
DHL delivered it on Wednesday.
I didn't have to pay any extra to DHL.
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
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:
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?
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.
Well I was only looking at them in PC World in The Square about 5 days ago.
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.