Indigo is kicking off its after-Christmas sales with a great deal on Kobo ereaders, but to get the best deal you will need one a credit card with a Canadian address which also happens to pay in US dollars.
A post on the SlickDeals forums has tipped us to a complicated double discount offer which almost no one will pull off. That post claims that you can get a Kobo Aura One for about $160 USD. This ereader normally retails for $249 CAD, making that a great deal – if you can get it.
I don’t think you will, but I will explain how you can try and wish you luck in the attempt.
Indigo is holding a Boxing Week sale which runs through 31 December, promising up to 50% off everything in store. That offer doesn’t include Kobo hardware, but you can get a discount on Kobo through a related offer. (What’s Boxing Day, you ask?)
If you pay for your purchase with MasterPass, you can take an additional 20% off. MasterPass is basically a digital wallet service which you pay into with a CC, and it has a catch: your credit card has to have a Canadian address or it won’t be accepted. That won’t be a problem for Canadians, but it will be difficult for the rest of us, including those of us who want to take advantage of currency conversions by paying in USD.
And that brings me to the second half of the deal.
The second part of the discount involves paying in USD and converting to CAD. The US dollar is running about 74 cents to to Canadian dollar and so orders from Canada are cheap right now if you buy with USD.
That double discount offer is great if you can get it.
I tried and failed (I don’t have a Canadian address for my credit card), but you might have better luck.
If you succeed, come back and let me know. At this point I don’t think this double discount offer is possible, but I want to be proved wrong.