Amazon is finally in Singapore. Yay. But unfortunately not all it’s product offerings are available locally. That’s right, you still can’t get the kindle.
But if you really want a kindle how? You can buy it through third party sites that mark up the price like crazy, ask a friend in US to buy and bring it back to you OR get it yourself.
Here’s how I got it directly from Amazon, and still managed to get it covered with Amazon warranty (more about that below). Plus, it’s actually cheaper than asking your friend to get it for you, because you don’t have to pay sales tax (around 10%).
Buy from Amazon US, send it to a forwarder, ship it back cheaply.
Sign up for an ezbuy account, and get your US shipping address. You can ship your kindle back for SGD$3.99, and when it reaches SG, pick it up at a collection point near you. If you are a new user, you can get a $5 voucher free.
Ezbuy is a forwarder like vpost, comgateway etc but much cheaper for small purchases. Air shipping is current SGD$3.99/500g. A kindle paperwhite weighs less than 500g.
Go to Amazon’s site and add the kindle to cart. As of writing, the kindle is currently USD$20 off. It goes on sale quite a few times in a year, usually around holidays.
Check out and pay as per normal, but use your ezbuy US shipping address as your shipping address.
That’s it. Wait for it to arrive at the ezbuy warehouse and you’ll receive an email notification to pay for shipping to SG.
Imagine this, your $20 savings is more than enough to cover your shipping back. It’s even enough to cover shipping insurance, so personally, I got the insurance as well, just in case.
When it arrives in SG, you will get another email, where you can choose when and where you want to pick up your parcel. If you opted for delivery, then just wait for your parcel to arrive.
For some reason, my kindle was defective. I contacted Amazon, told them about the defect, and specified that I was in currently in SG and not in the US.
They told me they would send me a new one, as they do not do repairs. I just had to send it back. They even gave me a free return shipping label as well (from SG mind you). The only catch was, they shipped out the kindle to ezbuy again, and I had to arrange for shipping back to SG.
IF you had bought it from a third party, you would have a much harder time with exchanges.
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2 thoughts on “How to buy a Kindle directly from Amazon US”
Hi, thank you for your article. It is very helpful for me as I am considering getting a Kindle Paperwhite and will be looking for a forwarder. Just curious, do you happened to compare the cost and service offered by Vpost and perhaps any other such kind of forwarders for ordinary consumers? How do they compare to ezbuy?
Thanks and looking forward to hear from you if you happen to know.
Hi, I think I have found the answer to my earlier question.