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Old 04-08-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Amazon Drops $2 International Delivery Fee?

It's being reported that the $2 international delivery fee that used to get added to kindle store ebook prices for most international customers has now been dropped.

Checking a reasonably large ebook and a free ebook at Amazon.com, and changing regions reveals some interesting changes.

There are now three kinds of charging region. One that doesn't have the extra delivery charge at all. One that only has the delivery charge on non-free ebooks, and one that has the delivery charge on all ebooks.

Regions without any delivery charge:

United States
United Kingdom
Australia
Canada
Europe

Regions with $2 on non-free, but free books are $0:
Asia and Pacific
India

Regions with $2 delivery charge on all ebooks:
Africa
Latin Am. & Caribbean
Middle East


[EDIT: USA never had the charge, the UK, Australia and Canada had the charge removed earlier. I think the recent change is probably the no charges for all of Europe, and the no charges on free ebooks in Asia & Pacific and India.]

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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I've never been charged a $2 delivery fee here in Peru, but that may be because I have a legitimate U.S.A. address.



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I've never been charged a $2 delivery fee here in Peru, but that may be because I have a legitimate U.S.A. address.
You won't have a charge added on to the cost of the book, but you will be charged if you download any books to your Kindle via whispernet.
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Hmmm... We've been discussing Amazon prices in the Nook section, and for a specific Kindle edition book discussed there I (in Sweden) see a price of $13.78 while apparently others see $9.99. I checked about a minute ago, and it's still the same for me. Somewhere along the line almost $4 gets added to the price for me...
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Hmmm... We've been discussing Amazon prices in the Nook section, and for a specific Kindle edition book discussed there I (in Sweden) see a price of $13.78 while apparently others see $9.99. I checked about a minute ago, and it's still the same for me. Somewhere along the line almost $4 gets added to the price for me...
In Sweden you'll get VAT at 25% added (which would make a $9.99 ebook in the US into a $12.49 ebook in Sweden). It's also possible that the publisher has set a different retail price for the european market.

Which book? I could check the UK price for you.
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I'm living in Japan (a part of Asia & Pacific) and using Kindle since last Nov. I've been enjoying a lot of $0.00 books from the beginning, so "free books are $0" change should be before Nov. 2010. I believe I usually pay $2.00 delivery fee for non-free books.

I sometimes (not very often) see non-free books with prices below $1.99, however. An example is a book by famous Amanda Hocking (My Blood Approves, in particular) I bought recently, and it was $0.99 for me. Her other books all appear as $2.99, though.

I guess Amazon sometimes waivers delivery fees of some selected books for some reason.
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I'm living in Japan (a part of Asia & Pacific) and using Kindle since last Nov. I've been enjoying a lot of $0.00 books from the beginning, so "free books are $0" change should be before Nov. 2010. I believe I usually pay $2.00 delivery fee for non-free books.

I sometimes (not very often) see non-free books with prices below $1.99, however. An example is a book by famous Amanda Hocking (My Blood Approves, in particular) I bought recently, and it was $0.99 for me. Her other books all appear as $2.99, though.

I guess Amazon sometimes waivers delivery fees of some selected books for some reason.
I'm in Thailand, and I cross checked my book's price with a friend in Slovakia. Previously USD4.99, now USD2.99. Don't think my book has been specially selected by Amazon for that kind of treatment. I'm seeing quite a few books that are not "free", at the .99 cents price.

Who knows... maybe a glitch, or maybe it is a market move by Amazon to spur more volume.
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Which book? I could check the UK price for you.
Thank you for offering, but it was just part of a discussion. I don't have a Kindle, so I don't buy eBooks from Amazon.
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When this rolled into Canada a year ago, it took 2 or 3 months to be reflected in all titles. Books by the same author and publisher, which were all $9.99 in the US, were variably $11.99 or $9.99 during the transition. The latest releases reflected the lower prices; gradually the older titles dropped and matched.
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You won't have a charge added on to the cost of the book, but you will be charged if you download any books to your Kindle via whispernet.

In checking my statements, I see that I haven't been charged this extra charge.



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Old 04-09-2011, 09:51 AM   #13
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do you mean 3G? What if you use wifi?
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There's no charge for downloading over wifi.
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