Buy Kindle on Amazon from Singapore
When searching for ways to buy Kindle directly from Amazon, I find these two blogs very helpful:
I could not visit the first one today! Blogspot says it no longer exists. Perhaps it is deleted by the owner, Desmond?
As I have just bought my Kindle from the way shown by him (thank you), I decide to write down the steps, in case me or my friends wanna reference it later.
- Register with a courier to have an US address (I use vPost a few times and am happy so far)
- Go to Amazon website, order Kindle, ship it to US address
- Courier will receive the package in US and ship it to Singapore
- You need to pay shipping fee from Amazon to US address (if applicable) and from US address to Singapore
* How much does everything cost?
- Kindle 3 wifi: 139 USD
- vPost: ~24 SGD
* How long does it take?
- Amazon to deliver to vPost US address: 1-2 days
- vPost to deliver to Singapore: 1 week
* Principle in ordering on Amazon from Singapore:
Do not reveal your credit/debit card number to Amazon as it doesn’t accept cards from Singapore.
Note: I just assume this from reading around, it may be incorrect.
* How to not reveal your card info?
(1) Use 1 Amazon account:
- Use credit/debit card to buy gift card and send to your own account
- Delete debit/credit card info in your account
- Buy Kindle with gift card
(2) Use 2 independent Amazon accounts:
- Log in with Account 1, use credit/debit card info to buy gift card –> send gift card to Account 2 –> Log in with Account 2, use gift card to buy Kindle & ebooks
- Since these 2 are not related, no need to delete credit/debit card info in Account 1
* Exactly what are the steps?
This is what I did. May look ‘horrible’ but it is quite fast. I use OCBC credit card and follow “2 Amazon accounts” guide.
|Summary||(1) A@gmail.com (normal gmail account)
(2) B@gmail.com (newly created for Kindle account)
|(1) A@gmail.com with Singapore address, credit/debit card info. I use this to buy giftcard.
(2) B@gmail.com with US address, money from gift card. I use this to buy Kindle & ebooks.
|There are a few to choose from. I use vPOST.|
|1||–||Register Amazon account using your current Gmail A@gmail.com||–|
|2||Register a new account with Gmail B@gmail.com||–||–|
|3||–||Register new Amazon account using B@gmail.com|
|4||–||Log in with A@gmail.com, buy gift card with credit/debit card, send giftcard to B@gmail.com||–|
|5||Log in B@gmail.com to get gift card Code||–||–|
|6||–||Log in with B@gmail.com, apply gift card Code.||–|
|7||–||–||Register with vPost to have your US address|
|8||Log in with B@gmail.com, shop with gift card money, ship to US address vPOST gives you.|
|9||– Track your packages at their website
– Pay & wait.
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