Originally Posted by Cdesja5
Kobo will be available in several other countries much closer to you such as Australia, New Zealand and Rakuten in Japan... wouldn't you be able to order from there instead of the US?
Press release quoted below:
TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today unveiled its new Kobo Family of eReading devices: the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc – a 7" Android tablet. Designed by booklovers for booklovers, the new Kobo Family starts at $79.99 and provides readers with more choice and more ways to personalize their eReading experience than ever before – including new stylish colors, accessories, lighting and multimedia options.
Launched in 2009, with a vision to transform the world of reading, Kobo remains focused on delivering a superior eReading experience. Today, Kobo has more than 10 million users in 190 countries, and offers one of the world's largest eBookstores with nearly 3 million books across 60 different languages. Kobo pioneered the affordable eReader in May 2010 and is now introducing for the first time its new Kobo Family – offering an eReader for Everyone. The company is a driving force behind the adoption of eReading around the world with its award-winning eReaders and tablets, free apps for tablets, PCs and smartphones, and extensive network of booksellers and leading retailers. "Our focus has remained firmly on delivering a superior experience for booklovers around the world. With 11,000 booksellers and leading retail partners across five continents, we are bringing the new Kobo Family to booklovers everywhere," said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. "The new Kobo Family provides more choice for booklovers and a superior eReading and content discovery experience – truly, an eReader for Everyone." This announcement follows last week's news of Kobo's partnership with the American Booksellers Association, empowering up to 2,000 bookstores across America. U.S. independent bookstores join Kobo's global network of leading booksellers including Indigo (Canada), WHSmith (UK), FNAC (France), Mondadori (Italy), Libris (Netherlands), Collins (Australia), Whitcoulls (New Zealand) and Rakuten (Japan).
I wouldn't count on it. If you can find an Australian or New Zealand online retailer willing to send to China, it will probably still be cheaper to order from the US. It seems here we are suffering from the Ripoff Britian syndrome only down under
on top of that, with the high dollar, people here see it as an opportunity to increase profit and don't see that they are just driving sales offshore. I was talking to a shop owner the other day who was telling me that he thought the high dollar was the best thing that happened to him. He orders in USD but sells in AUD so his profit margin has gone up by 20%. So, I asked him why I should buy from him when I can order online and pay a high shipping cost and still get the product cheaper than he was selling it. He said nothing, turned and went to fix a display cabinet.