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Old 10-07-2006, 08:48 AM   #1
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Has anyone in the UK received a reader yet?

I'd be interested to know whether anyone in the UK has received a reader yet. Have you come up against any problems with it, using the $50 voucher or anything else related to not being in the US?
Where do you intend to get your ebooks from as we can't use the connect bookstore?
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:50 AM   #2
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I'd be interested to know whether anyone in the UK has received a reader yet. Have you come up against any problems with it, using the $50 voucher or anything else related to not being in the US?
Where do you intend to get your ebooks from as we can't use the connect bookstore?
Mine is in customs into the UK. Ultim8Fury should be the first one in the uk to get his as his has just left customs IIRC

Power supply just needs a new figure eight connector as far as I can tell, so no probs there. Other US posters have said that there is no need to enter a US credit card to use the conenct store, so you can probably use the $50 free credit, after that you should be able to buy gift certificates from US guys and apply them to your account.

I'm sure other pay sites will begn supporting the reader once its popularity grows. In the meantime, I`ll make do with free books and my limited paid for library of PDFs.
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:05 PM   #3
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Mine has arrived at my delivery depot. However, since there is a customs charge to pay I predict the driver will only drop a card through the door on monday allowing me to pick it up from the local PO on tuesday.

Most annoying thing is you can't pay the customs charge until you've got the card because it has a VAT number on it. So tuesday is the earliest I'll see mine.
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Old 10-08-2006, 10:20 AM   #4
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Into Foreign Customs, October 06, 2006, 8:12 pm, GREAT BRITAIN
Arrived Abroad, October 06, 2006, 7:59 pm, GREAT BRITAIN
International Dispatch, October 05, 2006, 4:43 am, SAN FRANCISCO AMC
Enroute, October 05, 2006, 4:42 am, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128
Enroute, October 04, 2006, 4:59 pm, SEATTLE, WA 98158
Enroute, October 04, 2006, 1:26 pm, REDMOND, WA 98052
Acceptance, October 04, 2006, 1:20 pm, REDMOND, WA 98052
I'm *very* excited :-)
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:33 AM   #5
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I hope yours doesn't sit in customs for 3 days like mine did.
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Old 10-08-2006, 12:33 PM   #6
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Three work days??? Eeek. I need mine before Thursday.

(Note, when I say "need", I mean I'm going away on Friday morning, and had relied on having it for my weekend away.)
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:00 PM   #7
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07-10-2006 05:07 Oxford Depot Arrived at delivery depot
07-10-2006 02:08 National Hub Sorted in hub
06-10-2006 22:28 International Hub En route to delivery depot
06-10-2006 21:37 International Hub RELEASED WITH CHARGES
04-10-2006 21:37 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGING
04-10-2006 21:37 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGES
04-10-2006 21:17 International Hub Arrived in destination country
04-10-2006 21:14 International Hub Arrived at Hub
03-10-2006 09:38 Delivery Agent - SAN FRANCISCO Left origin country
02-10-2006 10:53 Delivery Agent - UNITED STATES AMERICA Collected from customer
As you can see it sat in customs Wed, Thur and Friday before it moved.

PS. If you want up to the minute tracking now that it's in the UK you can track it using the link on the parcelforce.com website. It saves waiting around for USPS to update their info which only happens once a day.

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Old 10-08-2006, 03:27 PM   #8
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I assume I'll have the same problem. The annoying thing is that when your parcel arrives in this country, Parcel Force collect it. but then you have to wait for them to send you a letter to pay the customs charge, pay it, then wait until they decide to deliver. Past expereience with them has had me waiting a week from the release of my parcel from customs to delivery!! Who can wait a week for their Sony Reader, I can't!
Please post when you receive yours, i'd like to keep this thread going as I'm sure we'll come up against some issues and hopefully we'll be able to help each other out.
@ultim8fury i believe we have obtained ours using the same method, ie: via an enterprising forum member.
I'm new to ebooks so if anyone could recommend some good sites to download compatable ebooks from I'd be grateful
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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I may see about picking it up. It'll be quicker in the long run.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:12 AM   #10
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Out of Foreign Customs, October 08, 2006, 5:59 pm
Into Foreign Customs, October 06, 2006, 8:12 pm, GREAT BRITAIN
Arrived Abroad, October 06, 2006, 7:59 pm, GREAT BRITAIN
International Dispatch, October 05, 2006, 4:43 am, SAN FRANCISCO AMC
Enroute, October 05, 2006, 4:42 am, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128
Enroute, October 04, 2006, 4:59 pm, SEATTLE, WA 98158
Enroute, October 04, 2006, 1:26 pm, REDMOND, WA 98052
Acceptance, October 04, 2006, 1:20 pm, REDMOND, WA 98052
Does "Out of Foreign Customs" mean what I think it means? Does this mean I could recieve my reader *today*???
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:18 AM   #11
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unlikely. Check the parcelforce.com website and then phone parcelforce. Select option 5 and wait for an operator. Using the UK tracking number you get out of the website you can then either arrange collection and payment or have them drop it at a local PO where you can pay.

They will not deliver the item until you pay the customs charge. Having literally just hung up the phone from them the charge is £63 which by my calculation is the full 17.5% + the extortionate charge parcelforce apply for the privilege of having shown it customs in the first place.

I'll be off to pick mine up in a couple of hours. I should be back and playing with the reader before midday. Hurrah.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:45 AM   #12
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09-10-2006 02:52 London Central Depot Arrived at delivery depot
08-10-2006 18:53 National Hub Sorted in hub
08-10-2006 17:59 International Hub En route to delivery depot
08-10-2006 17:26 International Hub RELEASED WITH CHARGES
06-10-2006 20:12 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGING
06-10-2006 20:12 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGES
06-10-2006 19:59 International Hub Arrived in destination country
06-10-2006 19:50 International Hub Arrived at Hub
05-10-2006 04:43 Delivery Agent - SAN FRANCISCO Left origin country
04-10-2006 13:20 Delivery Agent - UNITED STATES AMERICA Collected from customer
Ah ha. Same as me. Do I call my depot directly?
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:50 AM   #13
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I did. I think calling the central number will bump you out to the local depot anyway.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:59 AM   #14
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Are you tracking your package via www.usps.com ??

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Old 10-09-2006, 04:06 AM   #15
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Argggh. They want to know my 15-digit code... which I don't have yet :-(
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