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Initial post: Oct 20, 2009, 3:42:57 AM PDT
Does anyone have the slightest clue as to why Amazon does not ship the Kindle to overseas military installations?

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 4:00:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2009, 4:01:16 AM PDT
NightReader says:
They do, it worked for me (Europe).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2009, 4:05:32 AM PDT
Really?!?! I just tried to order one online last night and the site refused to let me continue with my order stating that Amazon does not ship to APO addresses.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 4:07:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2009, 4:08:17 AM PDT
Call customer service. Which version are you trying to buy? The Int'l, DX, K1 or the K2? I purchased the K1 and at that time amazon wouldn't ship kindle outside US, so I had it shipped to a stateside address and then my family repackaged and sent it back out to my FPO address.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2009, 4:09:05 AM PDT
I am trying to get the DX version.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 4:19:51 AM PDT
NightReader says:

In my opinion they only ship the international version to the APO address.
It takes a little bit longer, but the way Toni did it is a good possibility.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 4:36:14 AM PDT
ScottBooks says:
Here's what Amazon has to say:

"Shipping Kindle to APO Addresses

U.S. Customers living or traveling abroad can have Kindle (U.S. and International Wireless) shipped to eligible countries. Shipping may not be available to all APO/FPO addresses. To check, please enter the shipping address at checkout. We do not allow you to place orders to APO/FPO addresses where we will not be able to ship."

You might be out of luck getting Amazon to ship it to you; can someone else ship it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2009, 4:45:00 AM PDT
I think that is the way I am going to have to go... I really appreciate all the feedback and insight.. this is a pretty good forum.. always quick responses.

Thanks again to all :-)

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 5:10:16 AM PDT
You can purchase all the stuff you would like ahead of time if you want. I did. When my family got it, I had them open it and turn on wireless and load whatever books were there. Then they repackaged it and sent it to me (insured just in case). After I received it anything I purchased while at the FPO got downloaded via computer and USB cable. I have even downloaded via USB on a military ship in the middle of nowhere, with the only problem being internet is slower than snot and it took considerably longer than a minute to download (those of you out there in the navy will understand what I'm talking about). But that is still minutes verses days, weeks, or a month to get DTB's at mail call.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009, 9:23:29 AM PDT
I order from Amazon all the time. Some things can be shipped and some can't. So far electronics (such as the Kindle and my mp3 player) could not be. Other strange "rejects": quilting squares (fabric), swim goggles, some software, luggage. I never know until I try. If I really want it (KINDLE!), I send it to my mom, and she mails it to me.

Posted on Jul 3, 2011, 10:16:50 PM PDT
I've bought 2 Kindles so far, no problem shipping to APO. It might depend on which Kindle model you select. I don't have mine with me right now, but I think I bought the International version.Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6" Display, White - 2nd Generation

Posted on Jul 3, 2011, 10:54:58 PM PDT
Artist says:
Sean, you pulled up a thread that's almost 2 years old.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2011, 11:04:38 PM PDT
Roger that, I'm trying to get it started up again, buncha new info out there. Doing it with dozens of others, too, but thanks. :-)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011, 11:07:31 PM PDT
Artist says:
I didn't realize that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2011, 11:13:15 PM PDT
No, it's OK. I'm trying to open new doors for APO FPO shoppers. It's crazy trying to get stuff at overseas mail boxes. I was really surprised when my Kindle functioned exactly as advertised. The big one I want to open up is Amazon movie download sales, like this ... Red ... which is why I'm trying to attract attention. :-)

Posted on Jul 4, 2011, 12:37:34 AM PDT
An old thread...I don't know what was going on with the OP. Back in 2009 the only things not sent were those limited by international concerns (like certain restrictions on electronics) or if the item was being shipped from an Amazon partner and they didn't use USPS. The Kindle itself was no problem until sometime after the K3 came out. Amazon would ship via USPS Priority Mail. However, some new(ish) USPS regulation kicked in and anything with a lithium type battery (I am pulling this out of the dim recesses of my memory and the details may be off) could no longer go via air transport per USPS. My K3 made it (in the 'first wave' of orders) but my friend who had a K2 complication a few months later had a hard time getting it replaced. I can't remember what Amazon eventually did for her to get a replacement--maybe used DHL or something but it had to go to her Japanese address. I think.

Some on line sellers refuse to use USPS and if that is the case then they don't have military customers overseas. You can sometimes send a nice note and they will make an exception (works for mom&pop types) but big businesses just don't bother. In that case, if it's something I MUST have, I use a reshipper like Costs me shipping twice, but I do get a COLA for the extra costs of living overseas. (The ones that kill me are the ones who won't even take a credit card with an APO address--I'm not using it as a mailing address but they are too lazy to override their system to allow the input of AP into the state field just to pay for something going to a US address they can use--there is a difference between billing and shipping but that is one of my pet rants and I digress).

Regarding the movie concerns of the zombie-thread-reviver (and I'm only going by what is said here) I'm guessing he wants the downloads (like the free ones for Prime members or for purchases?). That has nothing to do with APO and everything to do with ISP location as I understand it. I get a lot of content (not just Amazon, but Netflix, CBS, PBS even) blocked because I am not in the US physically. If I cared enough I would find one of those magic ISP maskers/emulators to try to fool them.

Limits on goods and entertainment are part of living overseas with the military. I remember being on a ship and the REALLY COOL NEW THING was A PHONE that could make calls home with a dollar a minute card. One phone. For the entire officer complement of an aircraft carrier. That was awesome! Times have changed I'd say if the fuss is now that you have to wait for the disc copy of a movie rather than get the live streaming download on the computer.

I may be reading too much into the thread revival could just be a simple thing.


Posted on Jul 4, 2011, 4:53:38 AM PDT
"Zombie-thread-reviver?" :-)

Posted on Jul 4, 2011, 5:05:28 AM PDT
I read that zombie-thread thing once and have been dying to use it in a sentence!

Did I guess the problem right? I've heard of people using the ISP trick successfully with netflix...

Posted on Jul 4, 2011, 5:18:06 AM PDT
Yes, I'm sure Amazon won't allow the download to a computer with an IP address in Germany or Japan, if that's what you mean. But I'm trying to suggest to Amazon that they associate an APO FPO or DPO address to an authorized overseas user, to allow the downloads. AAFES sells computers that normally aren't supposed to make it out of the United States (and it's a safe bet that some get sold to local nationals), buncha other stuff like that over there, too. I like the Zombie Thread Revival thing, it'd kinda make a good username or social media viral something, aye?

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012, 1:46:29 AM PDT
cant send li ion batteries over seas anymore .Im having the same problem with my laptop

Posted on May 25, 2012, 2:02:42 AM PDT
Yep, we just got a whirlwind of USPS notices regarding lithium ion batteries and no shipping allowed. Really sad--my son's basic Kindle broke and Amazon was able to ship it with some kind of notice on the packaging, but I guess now that won't work for any future problems. That means return policies can't be honored...the local exchange has exhausted their Kindle supply so if anything breaks no luck I suppose. Hopefully this won't be an issue but it's a bummer to think about.

Unfortunately UPS and FEDEX don't deliver to APO/FPO addresses. Trying a physical address might be the only option. This will be costly and only helpful for those of us not deployed/afloat.


In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012, 2:05:22 AM PDT
Hey! This thread isn't "2 years old" anymore. Hmm ...

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012, 2:17:07 AM PDT
If you're really stuck, something I've been exploring is the UPS-and-FEDEX-conversion-to-USPS process. Might be worth a phone call to your local UPS or FEDEX office to see if they know how to do it. I used to work in a mailroom in Germany, and saw UPS and FEDEX packages make into the APO system. At first I thought it was an accident, but then I began to see it more often ..

Posted on May 25, 2012, 4:44:15 AM PDT
That's good to hear...I get a little tired of having to go through a checkout only to find out UPS is the method and they won't allow APO for the input fields. I don't know if that would help with the batteries though, it'd still be USPS making the overflight delivery I'm guessing. But, next time I get a 'no APO' problem I'll email customer service and mention what you said. That would be great.


Posted on Jun 23, 2012, 10:33:05 PM PDT
c0ker666 says:
Well it seems like Amazon doesn't ship anything to APO addresses anymore. I tried to buy several items over the last few days and couldn't get a single thing sent. Whats funny is that just the other month I had boxing gloves sent and they shipped them... I just tried to have another pair shipped and they won't do it now. I think someone screwed up the shipping portion of the website to dissallow all APO shipments now. Well, I guess it's time to start shopping at Walmart again... atleast they ship to APO's.
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