Amazon Kindle now ships to Mauritius!

Yeah, you read it right (and you saw the proof on my photoblog). Another worldwide shopping mall (after eBay) has opened its doors to Mauritians (though I don’t know since when exactly).

The Kindle 3 is available for purchase from the island. However, I can’t confirm (yet) if other products can shipped to Mauritius for the time being. I will check and update the post later on…

I received my Amazon Kindle (3 – latest generation) today after purchasing it on Friday night. It reached Mauritius yesterday and DHL delivered it to my office during the day. While waiting for the blog review, I can already tell you that the Kindle is WOW

After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Yashvin, pages of my life

Coming back to the main news, 1 thing that is important to note, the ZIP Code, which always causes problem while shipping to Mauritius. For my first purchase on Amazon, I used the ZIP Code “230” and it worked well. I remember having to play with the fields at first, but “230” was finally accepted.

Happy shopping to everyone!

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  • Congratulations! πŸ™‚

    This item cannot be shipped to the address you selected.
    Tried with a camera. Doesn’t work. I guess they made an exception for the Kindle…

  • Congrats! And good reading! And also a great Carrotic review of the product on your blog. πŸ˜€
    I’ll buy a Kindle during the December holidays. I just love reading books too but I don’t want to turn blind at a young age through the mobile phone’s LCD screen. πŸ˜›
    Anyway, I just love Amazon.com and their service. I bought an audio CD and 4 books from them. In December my shipment got late and I was really worried and I wanted to know what happened to it. Just sent them an email to inquire and surprisingly, they refunded the whole shipping fee! That’s just amazing. πŸ˜€
    Normally, you can only buy the Kindle, books, audio CDs and DVDs from them. If you want to know if an item ships to Mauritius, just check the Product Details. πŸ˜‰
    Another tip for Amazon.com users, do check books which are available at Bargain Price. They are really REALLY cheap and great. And it seems that when you label items as GIFT, the customs process it faster. I’m not sure though. Normally I use the zip code 742CU001. πŸ™‚

  • Abishay

    Hello yashvin, I am quite a usual reader. Shame on me, first time I am commenting. Thanks for the awesome posts. Anyways my question is, if you dont mind, can you tell me how much you pay it? and if there’s any external costs?

    Thanks

  • Hello @Abishay!
    Thanks for the first comment πŸ˜‰
    So, I will copy paste the price which I posted on my photoblog earlier today :

    That makes about $159 (abt Rs4921 Γ’β‚¬β€œ including shipping) + Rs594 vat, approx a total of Rs 5515.

    Hope to see your name more often, take care!

    @Yadhav: Thats great since you are confirming that Amazon ships to Mauritius (for some products).

    You need to check more products, @carrotmadman6. Yadhav has been purchasing from there a few times…

  • Dvil

    a friend just ordered one from amazone in december. the friend is of course in mauritius. amazon is quite good.

  • Mike

    Good news, up until now I have been using Amazon France for books and DVDs only.

  • Congrats and happy reading!

    I got my Kindle in July of last year but I guess they were shipping the kindle to Mauritius even before that. But yeah not all items are shipped to Mauritius from amazon. Didn`t you buy the leather cover? It`s quite useful.

  • Call me old school but I’m a huge “paper” book consumer and just love to line them up after reading them. Well, this is very personal anyways. Good thing to know that Amazon ships to Mauritius. Living in France I switched off it to play.com because you don’t have to pay for shipping there.

  • Hello @morinn!

    Yeah, that’s a good purchase, I find so on the first day itself πŸ™‚
    The leather cover? Perhaps soon… Let’s read some books first lol.

    As for Amazon thing, I always thought that items could not be shipped here. That’s why I came up with this post, google will love it πŸ™‚

    If you get the chance to hold one and virtually turn the pages, go for it @Pépé le Beagle. You will love it, and you can end up organising them in collections on your kindle or archive them on your amazon’s account (for later retrieval).

    @Mike, I need to spend some more time on Amazon to see what they got for us πŸ˜›

    @Dvil: Yes probably. Happy to share this with everyone so that they can think abt getting one too.

    Cheers!

  • Congrats for the Kindle πŸ™‚
    However, Mauritius doesn’t seem to possess any zipcode (No official Government website talks about such a zip code).

  • Mine just arrived at Mauritius at 10.04! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Akhil

    @Yashvin: What exactly do you mean by “Another worldwide shopping mall (after eBay) has opened its doors to Mauritians”. It’s been long that I shop on Amazon.

    BTW, for the ZIP code/post code, I don’t remember how I did, but when I signed up on Amazon I did not have to put it. Try to manipulate it and you might also end up exempted from that annoying (and potentially risky) part of the address.

  • Akhil

    @Rikesh: Indeed, in the Mauritian postal system no postal code is used. Check it out here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes#L-M

  • Hello @Akhil.
    I dont know for others, but as soon as I learn something worth sharing, I blog about it. From feedback and questions I received since months, a lot of people did not know that Amazon actually ships to MRU.

    My 2cents in this blog post.

  • hmmm kan mo pou gagne pou servi sa ? πŸ˜›

  • A review of the Amazon Kindle soon?! πŸ™‚

  • Looking forward to do that soon…

    Keep tuned πŸ˜€

  • I will be buying one soon. πŸ™‚

  • Wendy

    I want a review on a kindle cover! The amazon one is half the price of the actual kindle!! Worth it??

  • @wendy : can u please send me an amazon cover so that i can review it :p

  • It’s a great device and worth every penny. Glad to know Amazon ships to Mauritius now πŸ™‚

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  • Yassser

    Could somebody help, i have hit a wall on amazon by their persistent “Postal Code” which Mauritius seems not to have…what do i write there so i can proceed with the buying? Thank You

  • I got my Kindle shipped to the UK some months ago – before Amazon opened the UK Kindle store. It took about a week to arrive. When the UK store opened, it was very easy to switch to Amazon.co.uk from the US site.

    I said that I would wait at least 12 months before I upgraded to the Kindle 3. That’s next month. This time I’ll get a UK 3 pin plug for the power adapter.

    Congrats on your new purchase.

  • weird

    I tried buying some books on amazon, but faced the post code problem. I find that quite bizarre as I remember buying a book posted to my address in Mauritius some years back. I’ve tried all of the alternatives you suggested above but I’m still stuck. As a result, I had to pay enormous shipping fees on Barnes and Noble…
    Could anyone be of any help with this post code business?

  • skorge

    hmmm the thing that piss me off is that amazon ship only books. dvds , music : / but don’t ship mobile phones etc to mauritius : /

  • Sims

    @ yashvin
    Does the deliver the kindle at ur place? and if so, how u do to pay the duty imposed here? thanks

  • @Sims : Yes, DHL delivers it at your doorstep (or any address you specify).
    For the VAT charges, you need to pay DHL who calls you some days before to inform you about the vat amount. Hence, ho hassles to go to the parcels office or wait for the custom clearance. They do everything.

  • hafiz

    @Hamish:
    I WOULD LIKE TO BE AWARE ABT THE PROCESSING COSTS OF DHL AND SHIPPING COSTS AS WELL FOR PURCHASE OF A KINDLE 3 FROM UK,PLSE.

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  • Hello Yashvin,
    I would like to know how will I know whether a particular item ships to Mauritius when I view it on Amazon. On e-Bay that’s easy, but I cannot find it on Amazon. Only when I check-out it tells me that the item does not ship to Mauritius. :-/

  • Hello!
    I am kindda lost in Amazon too, unfortunately. I got that msg so many times
    that I do not browse any listings there. Most probably, we do not have
    understood the secrets of Amazon, not yet πŸ˜›

    Till then, eBay.

  • Sd15

    hey guys ,
    check azos.com
    they are also ship to mru

  • Sd15

    have put the code as mru, seems to work fine:)

  • Amit Nathoo

    http://check-shipping-to-country.blogspot.com/

    This addon is really usefull to check if the item can be shipped to mauritius on the item page itself

  • titof93

    hey yashvin its because of you that i started using ebay so thanx but i would really like to start buying on amazon because i see a lot of cool stuff and especially im a sneaker addict so i was willing to know how do you know if the item is shipped to mauritius and the cost of shipping etc.. because amazon seems a little bit confusing compared to ebay and what can you and cannot buy on amazon??

  • Hello πŸ™‚
    Unfortunately, I am not too used to Amazon. I tried a few items and none of them were shipped to mru. A bit confusing, so I do my online shopping on eBay mainly.

  • Thyaga Kreshan

    Hi.. can u give a template for writing the shipping address for Mauritius on Amazon? Β Trying desperately to buying GS2 Β but it does not accept my shipping address.

    Address Line 1, Address Line 2, City, State/Region/Province, ZIP (I believe its 742CU001), Country (Mauritius) and Phone Number (format).

    Thanks. Thyaga πŸ˜‰

  • Use the Address Line 1 for the name of your street,

    City for name of village/town
    State : Put N/A there
    ZIP : I never understand which one works. 230 was good for me.
    Country : You got it right
    Phone : +230 123 4567

  • Inf

    AFAIK, Amazon only ships a limited number of products to Mauritius, such as books, CDs and other small items.

    They cannot ship electronics etc due to warranties, licenses and other stuff. Globalization? Meh! Why can’t all sellers ship worldwide?

    For your ref: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=596186

  • Thanks for this piece of info dude!

  • Slayer

    @ Yashvin Awootar , hi , can you help me creating my ebay account, ebay does not support my phone number

  • Try +230 or 00230.
    Which error exactly?

  • Slayer

    @ Yasvin Awootar , actually it says ” please enter a valid phone number though i put +(230) xxx xxxx

  • Unless someone can help you immediately, you will need for me to reach home and log into Amazon to check mine.

    Will get back to you if you havent succeeded but its surely something with the number format. Try fooling around with the numbers, adding 00, or + etc.

  • Slayer

    @ Yashvin Awootar , ok and it’s not amazon it’s ebay

  • Oops sorry. That’s because you posted on the “Amazon” post, I did not read your comment attentively enough.
    Take care!

  • Slayer

    @ Yashvin Awootar Actually no need to wait for you to get back home πŸ˜€ , i just got to another ebay address ebay.com.au the fill in the form well and it worked, just need to ask
    if just creating an account without creating a paypal will cause problem ??

  • Slayer

    @yashvinawootar:disqus hi again one more question after you create a paypal account how will you link your credit card to you paypal account ???

  • It will not be a problem until you need to buy something. You will then need to link your paypal account to that ebay.

  • I dont know which one but I think that you will get the details in the comments section over this post : http://www.yashvinblogs.com/ebay-mauritius/

  • Had no problems with order of the Kindle from Amazon (USA). It was delivered by DHL in 2011. It is a good investment for me, easy to download e-books, you save on postal charges and delivery delays for paper books. One regret is that we cannot download French e-books from Amazon.FR they always refer you to Amazon.COM which does not have the same selection of French books, pity.

  • Dom

    Hi.
    I just ordered mine today and I later read about new custom laws requiring a permit for importing devices with a wireless transmitter. Did you have to get a permit for yours?
    If yes, could you please let me know how to go about obtaining one?
    Thanks in advance! =)

  • Β At the time I ordered I had no idea about this custom permit requirement. I presume that DHL did all the necessary clearance or maybe it was not enforced at that time. Check with DHL.

  • I dont think that you might need it because the device main function is not for wireless transmission. However, you might find it useful to call the post office itself or DHL to enquire, just to be on the same side.

  • Dom

    Thanks Mike & Yashwin! I’ll check and let everyone know. It’s already been shipped and I should receive it in 2-3 days. *Can”t wait* =)

    By the way Yashwin, I love your blog entries.

  • hi, does amazone ship, car accessories such as subwoofers, amplifier etc..
    i have a problem about the zip code also ??
    thanks

  • Probably yes, it depends on the seller. Good luck!

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  • Ervin Aundoo

    I order an airsoft gun but it cannot be shipped

  • Be careful, all forms of gun and toys are forbidden in Mauritius.

  • Mathieu Barry

    We’re sorry. This item can’t be shipped to your selected destination. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order. I always get this notification. I wanted to buy a geforce gtx 760 on amazon

  • chhota_raavan

    hi man, i want to order an msi motherboard from amzon but all electronic apparel i’d bauy same answer ” this item cannot be shipped to the address you selected”

  • Heetesh Bolah

    Hi, I see some people having trouble with amazon shipping address. I also have the same problem as it does not accept the address, though I used the same address on ebay. When checking out, it considers the city I put as the last line of address, not the country. I put Curepipe as my city because it was a requirement by amazon. Is there anything not properly done?

  • Nandev Khunnoo

    Hello Yashvin ! I’ve tried to order books from Amazon several times but could not do it .Will you please guide me ?

  • Hello

    I believe that’s the main problem with Amazon. I find it difficult to find items with shipping to Mauritius.
    Well, since I purchased on Amazon only a few number of times, I’m not of much help here. All that I can say is keep signed in with your account and look for items with international shipping. Normally, Amazon will let you know if it can ship to your Mauritian address.

    Keep trying!