For some reasons, Amazon does not deliver Kindle to Singapore. In fact, based on information from some of my friends, this limitation includes delivery to Indonesia and Malaysia. I really don’t get it. My observation, Singapore is pretty potential market. The people are young, hip, and ready to get their hands on almost new gadgets. Indonesia by the way, is big market, judging by the size of the citizen.
The main potential cause for this limitation, I think, is because Amazon doesn’t have the ‘content‘ for these countries, or so I read. But let’s not bow our head in prolonged disappointment. There is however, ways to purchase and send your Amazon Kindle right to your door. To do this, I assume you all have Amazon account and payment method setup properly.
1. Create account on shipping address forwarder
Shipping address forwarder is a service provided by some companies to give you US or UK address, so that you can order stuff from websites that do not ship to your country, so that they can send you the stuff you purchase once they have your stuff delivered to them. So far, I only know 2 shipping address forwarder service to be of reliable and trustworthy: vPOST.com.sg and Borderlinx. I myself use Borderlinx.
The next step is to create account on these forwarders. Please remember to fill in your actual address in Singapore (or Indonesia, or Malaysia). Upon completion of account registration, you will be given US and UK address. Forwarders will associate your US address with your real shipping address.
2. Change shipping address on your Amazon account
I assume you all know that Amazon provides billing address and shipping address. In fact, Amazon allows you to have more than one shipping address.
Log in to your Amazon account and change the shipping address that you get from shipping forwarders. Remember, you must choose that exact shipping address. Or else you might not receive your stuff until, well, forever.
3. Place order
Browse Kindle of your choosing, add to cart, and checkout. Remember to double check if you ship that Kindle to the newly acquired US address, not your home country address! Make payment for this purchase and monitor the shipping status.
Now remember, Kindle Paperwhite has two options: with special offers and without special offers. If you don’t mind with Amazon ads whenever you are not reading then choose Kindle with special offers, because the price is just nice. But with additional 20 bucks, you can opt for no ads (without special offers) for the rest of your life.
4. Wait for the stuff to come
Once Amazon ship your Kindle to your US address, shipping forwarders will notify you if your purchased items have arrived. Now, you can either tell forwarder to ship your stuff directly, or you can wait to ship it together, should you decided to purchase another stuff. One of the good thing of this kind of shipping forwarder service is that you can so-called ‘delay’ shipping, to suit your condition. I think this feature exist because Kindle and Kindle accessories from Amazon do not ship altogether. They will ship to your address whenever the items are ready in stock.
Check on the right hand menu of Borderlinx landing page after you login. It pretty much like image below.
Note the first menu item: No goods awaiting shipping. This means that your stuff has not arrived to your US address yet. As soon as your Kindle arrive, menu text will change and you can straight navigate to see the list of items waiting for shipping.
Be fully aware that each forwarder has their own price, weighing terms and conditions, etc. You might want to check the final price for shipment from US to Singapore and compare between forwarder services. Whichever you think is the cheapest.
Now that you know how to deliver Kindle to your home, why don’t you share your experience? Or not, whatever.