This was posted 1 year 2 months 22 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

Kindle Paperwhite $85 from Amazon.co.jp + $30.75 Shipping with Tenso | $115.75 total

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All credit goes to darrylxu and smackus from the comments section of this post: http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/91849

Instructions for Shipping
  1. go to http://www.tenso.com
  2. click "English" at the top right hand corner
  3. sign up for an account, and take down the address they give you

Instructions for Purchasing Kindle (use Google Chrome for auto-translation)

  1. next, if you are happy to use my referral link to check out the kindle paperwhite, go to: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B007OZO03M/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=t...
  2. sign up for an account using the address Tenso gave you (if you're stuck this might help: https://www.tenso.com/en/guide/buy/address.html)
  3. pay for the kindle at Amazon
  4. wait for Tenso to email you with payment instructions and postage cost (which should be about $30)

I know this is a bit fiddly, but it saves $35 from the amazon.com price.
I've been reading up about this and the Japanese version of the kindle paperwhite works exactly like the US version. Hope some of you are willing to go through this process to save a reasonable amount of $$$!

Comments (Closed)

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    Can you easily change the language to English, you saying it's exactly the same as the US version for all practical purposes?

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      On the amazon.co.jp link, there's a note above the "Add to cart" button on the right saying "Would you like to see this page in English? Click here.". If you have trouble finding it, just do a Ctrl+F for "English".

      With the tenso.com link, changing to English works as described in the description.

      Very tempted to grab one myself.

      • +2 votes

        I'm sure he was referring to the language on the Kindle itself, but thanks for the tips. :)

        • +5 votes

          After reading his comment again, I'm pretty sure you're correct… Oh dear :P looks a bit silly now.

  •  

    The only problem is that its likely a Japanese OS. Any ideas if it will switch to Eng easily?

  • +3 votes

    LOL that is not what I expect when I see the word "tenso":

    https://www.google.com/search?q=tenso&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tb...

  •  

    Also, what about warranty? Will amazon.jp have any issues with it?

  • +1 vote

    review of the japanese version below, you can switch to english at the start up but it dosen't have the x-ray feature

    http://forashe.pixnet.net/blog/post/28352855-%E3%80%90%E9%96...

    •  

      Sorry but what's the X-ray feature?

      • +1 vote

        from the amazon site:

        X-Ray
        Exclusive on Kindle, explore the "Bones of the Book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest.

    •  

      @musai
      I searched for X-Ray in the link but could not find any reference to it.
      Could you please verify?

  •  

    yes, it asks you for the language on the first book.
    I believe they're exactly the same units.. (though i havent seen the US version)

    •  

      Does that mean I can also set the language to Japanese on a US version, and get vertical layout?

  •  

    Paperwhite is terrific - had mine a bit over a month and I love it.

  • +2 votes

    I am going to get my mate in Japan to post it to me. Did the Japanese post just change their rule about posting stuff with battery?

  •  

    Isn't this essentially a freight forward deal?

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      Yes, and if you can be bothered it's worth it!

  • +3 votes

    Hmm, not sure this is a great idea unless you can get conformation on the warranty.

    I broke the screen on my Kindle, Amazon sent me a new unit and picked up the new one from me via courier at their cost. Excellent service.

    • +1 vote

      you broke it and they send new one? how did you convince them it was product flaws?

      • +3 votes

        I didnt have to convince them. It took a small knock the the back landing flat off the coffee table. I told them half the screen wasnt working and they said no problem. Them must know the screen can be fragile and just replace them.

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        Forgot to mention it was not purchased through amazon either. Was purchased through DSE or BigW (cant recall now)

    •  

      Just curious, how does the screen looks like when it break. I thought its plastic and pretty much "unbreakable".

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        half the screen just stopped changing. Had whatever screensaver was on it at the time stuck on that half.

  •  

    I hate mail forwarding. I did it once but there is always a bit of trust involved particularly when dealing with very expensive items.

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      I've never had a problem with Tenso. not sure about the others.

  •  

    On the same token, it's even cheaper to buy the fire HD as well, cheper than US , pity they don't have the 8.9 one which is what I've been aiming for.

  • +3 votes

    if you use Tenso to purchase from amazon.jp, this https://www.tenso.com/en/guide/buy/address.html will help in filling in the Tenso address on the amazon.jp website.

    • +4 votes

      On the Amazon JP example in this link, the 3rd line uses Japanese characters 東京都 to specify the prefecture.

      If you have changed the amazon.co.jp site to English (which, I'm assuming, most would), when you are prompted to input the shipping address, the 3rd line will be a drop-down box using the English (or Romaji) representations for the names of prefectures. The one you need to pick to correctly ship your item to Tenso is "Tokyo-to".

      Don't worry if this comment doesn't make any sense. It will when you get to the shipping details.

      •  

        If its not too much trouble could you list how you entered the address for Tenso on the amazon.jp address book.
        The email I got from Tenso there is an address they want the stuff delivered to but I am having trouble sorting it to the order that amazon wants.

        The address they sent for me is

        〒XXX-XXXX
        東京都 足立区 千住曙町42-4 TS159596 通販商品配送サービス TENSO 取次ぎ

        • +1 vote

          So you will have seven fields to enter the shipping address. It works just as specified in the Amazon example in smackus' link.
          Your full name goes in the 1st, 120-0023 goes in the 2nd, choose Tokyo-to in the 3rd, 足立区千住曙町42-4 in the 4th, your Tenso membership no. in the 5th (yours seems to be TS159596), 通販商品配送サービスTENSO取次ぎ in the 6th and finally 03-5739-3341 in the 7th.

        •  

          Use this to help you….

          https://www.tenso.com/en/guide/buy/address.html#amazonjp

          PS. The bit to hide in the posting of yours above is not the Tokyo postcode but rather your TS number.

          Of course, don't hide either when you are purchasing from Amazon.

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          I obviously can't speak Japanese….Anyway now everyone knows by TS number…. :-)
          Thanks for the link

        •  

          You will be getting some Japanese blow up dolls in the mail soon, Good luck explaining them to your partner.

  •  

    any body know is the 3g version working in australia or not?thx

    •  

      Should be worldwide

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      3G works in Australia

      • +1 vote

        Are you talking about the US 3G version? The Japanese 3G version specifically says it can only be used in Japan.

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    3 on the way, thanks poster

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    Now I wish I knew Japanese.

  •  

    It's also good to buy Cosmetic from Amazon.jp for 2.14 too. Other stuff include comics, figures, dvds, games etc.

    •  

      Does Japan impose GST like Australia does? What's their GST rate?

      •  

        Don't know, but I just bought a 215ml sk2 face essence at 102 AUD, definitely cheaper than here.
        Also the memory card for PS Vita is also the cheapest in the world so far from Amazon.jp

        • -2 votes

          How can you justify spending so much on this face essence product?

        •  

          Beautiful smooth-as-baby's-butt-like facial skin. Your argument is invalid.

      •  

        Japan has a 5% sales tax I believe. Prices on Amazon are tax inclusive.

  •  

    Ordered one and now waiting for it to arrive at Tenso. If anyone has any questions about ordering, please ask.

    For those wondering, I was prompted at the end to choose whether I would like to pay in AUD or JPY. By choosing AUD, amazon.co.jp's currency converter made it out to be $87.82 total (shipping at $0.00). Not entirely sure if you could get it for less by choosing to pay in JPY; it probably depend on your card institution's foreign currency rates and how it compares to amazon's rates.

    •  

      Yen and 28 degrees master card all the way!

  • +7 votes

    The usage guide on Tenso says that I'm not able to get uranium, thorium and nuclear waste shipped through them…..No good to me then ;-)

    • +1 vote

      they say nothing about plutonium muhahahaha

    • +2 votes

      I'm sure they'll let a little nuclear fallout slip through if your 'lucky'

  •  

    Is it possible to get the even cheaper PW with promo advertising using this method?

  •  

    there's a promo atm from tenso where you get a 50% off shipping coupon if you buy something from rakuten

  •  

    How do I find out the shipping rate from Tenso if I was to get 2 paperwhites?

    •  

      they have a shipping calculator on their site + 980 yen for handling

      they only send out using ems

      •  

        I have got 1500 + 490 = 1990y = AU$21 for 430g wt (2 kindles). It seems to be cheaper than the original poster stated for 1 kindle.

      •  

        package weight is 660g so keep that in mind

  •  

    Silly Question.

    So after ordering from Amazon.co.jp I need to wait for Tenso to contact me with how much I should pay Tenso?

  •  

    Anyone knows how much it will be with the 3G?

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      No, but as cynix already mentioned, the Japanese 3G will not work here

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    Order placed…

  • +1 vote

    Is this the version with the ads?

  • +1 vote

    I am getting a Sony Walkman while I am there. Is there any other Japan specific item/gadget that I should get?

  •  

    Confused with the Amazon JP registration.
    How exactly am I supposed to fill out the address that I live at?
    Can't really read Japanese…

  •  

    i would rather pay extra and get the original amazon warranty

  • +1 vote

    I once bought a nintendo DS from Japan having been assured (in store) that I could select 'English' language during the activation process.
    Get it home, hand it over to very happy child. 10 mins later we are head-scratching as we realise it only came with Japanese OS.
    I got lucky, I knew someone going to Japan who got a full refund for me.
    Just my 2c - buyer beware

  •  

    Thank you inflation targeting and JPY depreciation!

  •  

    Any other items cheaper in Japan than on other Amazon sites??? By the way OP, thanks for the post.

  •  

    ordered…thanks for this guys…

    i've been wanting one of these for a while

  • +1 vote

    Does amazon.co.jp ship anything directly to Australia?

  • -1 vote

    I'm not sure if I'd classify mail forwarding as a good deal? This doesn't seem to be a special or discounted price.

    There's alot of things that would be great deals when shipped over from the US with mail forwarders. I've always used ozbargain to find great deals that were intended for Australians; ones that don't have the hassle such as warranty issues (returns etc) that comes with mail forwarding.

  • -2 votes

    OK folks, READ THIS BEFORE PURCHASING:

    I went to Amazon's US site and looked at this Kindle, where it's listed for $139. I signed in and started the checkout process to see how much it would cost to ship. When I got that far, I was pleasantly shocked to see that there was a "Promotion applied" of -AUD 60.41. Yes, you read correctly.

    So the order total was AUD $89.82. (That's $138.31 + $11.92 expedited international shipping - $60.41 = $89.82). I have no idea where the discount came from! Of course I went ahead and completed the checkout. I would be interested to hear if this works for others. Cheers!

    •  

      What is the promotion code? It did not works for me.

    •  

      Just gave it a try but don't have the promo discount as you said :(

    •  

      the kindle keyboard for $139?
      otherwise link to kindle please.

      edit: don't worry, I found it

    •  

      According to my experience, so called "promotion applied" is different from any promotional code or gift card as u can only see the discount when u check out, plus, no code applied in such a kind of promotion. Besides, it cannot be checked in ur available gift card balance.

      So I have no idea where u got the applied promotion:) but guess that may come from ur certain purchase or u meet some conditions then Amazon grant u that promotion. It usually automatically applied when u checked out.

      U r really lucky… lol, nice deal!

      •  

        Thanks for the info, darrylxu. Yes, nice deal alright! Though it's a pity it's not working for others. :(

        However, I feel I fully deserve something good back from Amazon US after a protracted, ghastly experience of absurdly epic proportions that I had a while back ordering some Mighty Bright book lights. :)

    •  

      Did Not give promo discount for me - even after requiring I re-confirm CC details! ~ buzzterds!

    •  

      I was not even allow to order normal KPW ($139) — "cannot be shipped to" my OZ address. Strange!

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