Dick Smiths Now Selling the New Amazon Kindle in Australia

The first non-US retailer to carry the K4 just announced that they have it in stock and they are ready to ship. I'm sure you know that in the US, you can find the Kindle at Best Buy, Target, Staples, Walmart, and other stores, but outside of the US is another matter. This is the first retailer to cross my radar with news that they were carrying the new Kindle.

This is the new budget model that was just announced about a month back. It loses the keyboard, speakers,  and headphone jack found on the K3, and that saves you (in the US) $30. I have a K4 (as well as a K3 and a K2-US) and I'm not sure it's worth the trade.

Dick Smiths have it listed for $139 AUD, and given the parity of USD-AUD that $30 markup over the US is a little much. Heck, they don't even have the excuse that European retailers can make; Australia doesn't have a VAT built into the price;  the sales tax (called GST) is added when you check out.   Whoops. Turns out I was wrong and GST was already added. y mistake was that it was mentioned in the checkout process but had already been added.  I didn't look closely enough.

BTW, they've also been selling the K3 for some time now; it's priced at $20 AUD more than the K4 and given the extra hardware that's really not a bad price.

P.S. Just out of curiosity, how much does the Kindle cost if you order it direct from Amazon and have it shipped to Australia? I'd like to know what the import duties add to the price.  they might justify Dick Smiths' markup. Update: I'm told (via Twitter) that the K4 costs $119 AUD from Amazon.

P.P.S. If you know of another retailer with the K4 in stock, please let me know in the comments.

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5 Comments on Dick Smiths Now Selling the New Amazon Kindle in Australia

  1. Nate, thanks for this news. It gives me a little bit of hope that Dick Smith here in New Zealand might follow suit. Even better if it they offer the Kindle Fire. Like you I have the K3. I am thinking the Kindle Fire would be sufficiently different to justify a purchase 🙂

    One drawback in NZ for the Fire is that Amazon do not have an unlimited web browsing deal here in NZ yet. The K3 with 3G can only access Kindle Store and Wikipedia unless you’re in a Wi-Fi spot.

    Thanks too for a great resource here at The Digital Reader!

  2. GST is built into the retail price.(which is 10%) . As for importing the kindle . anything purchased from outside Australia and is under $1000 has no extra charges, just the postage. If you purchased something worth over $1000 you then start getting charged the GST. Dick Smith is not a big player any more in Australia, but they are there. First place people think of when they want Electronic toys is JB HiFi … so Kobo should do well just from being with them.
    I don’t understand the extra price for these readers ..unless the local stores are looking after warranty …

  3. I bought a Wi-Fi K3 direct from Amazon and had it shipped here to New Zealand. It cost me about NZ$22o all up to arrive at my door as best as I recall.

    Dick Smith sells them here (no word on any of the new ones) and the out the door cost for the WiFi K3 is $209, which includes GST of 15%. So pretty comparable really.

    I’d like to see the new Kindles come here, but don’t know if I’d buy one or not. I want eInk, so the Fire doesn’t suit me and I’d want either a keyboard like I have or a touch screen one, so the new basic one is also out. I think I’ll just stick with what I’ve got now. But I have a friend with recurring RSI (or whatever they call it these days) in her wrists and she’d love a Kindle Touch as the keyboard would just inflame her wrists but touchscreens are okay. For now she’s using her iPhone as an ereader.

  4. I had a Kindle 3 with worldwide 3G reception shipped to Australia by Amazon from the US six weeks ago for AUD 226 — about $US 215-220 back then. The Dick Smith price on this is now $219, so I’m out about $7 for getting it early.

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