I always disliked e-book. Been subscribing Gramedia Digital just because it’s cheap (IDR 89,000 for 5 persons /month) and sometimes I want to read Gramedia published chic lits or poetry books. Years ago, I thought about Nook or Kobo because too lazy to be confused with Amazon login and stuffs. But last month I bought Kindle Paperwhite.
I registered my personal info in Amazon Australia (don’t ask me why, just don’t!) and purchased Kindle Paperwhite from JB Hi-Fi because bless them for having click and collect service (and bless the low currency of AUD). Although involving some dramarama, I got my e-reader safely few days after and not in a single minute I regret it!
I learned about Kindle Daily Deals and Kindle Monthly Deal shortly. A friend often informs the interesting ones on Instagram. But holly golly, my Amazon is ended with ‘au’ which means it’s different from my peers who are ‘com’ persons, I ended up checking the deals by myself very often lol. And since AUD exchange rate is different with USD to IDR, I sometimes need to google “USD to IDR” then compare with “AUD to IDR” to ensure that it is actually the same price in Rupiah and thank God it is.
Now.. the question is why? What changes you, wanita??!
The doofus tax for bigger than USD 3 imported items is the main reason I bought Kindle. Yes, I take it very personal. I am a quite wise spender. I even don’t easily get tempted by big sales online. 10.10, 11.11, 12.12, buy 1 get 1, buy 2 get 1, you name the promo, I don’t waste my god damn money on it. But sometimes I buy books. And only selected books, the ones that spark joy, Marie Kondo says. And why I bought it online (from bookdepository)? Because it’s freaking one or two dollars cheaper than the limited bookstores here. Because why? Because I can use my one or two dollars for paying my bus tickets (and 50% off salmon nigiri sushi – I am very specific about that).
Ok, ok, maybe I am just getting too emotional. Some people I know received their book packages for free, but some that I read on twitter unfortunately paid the whatever-it-calls- tax. However, according to ‘Peraturan Menteri Keuangan No. PMK 199/PMK.10/2019‘, for books priced USD 3 – USD 1,500, the rules are exceptional because it is included in HS Code 4901, 4902, 4903, and 4904. Now I am directing you to find out by yourself about this HS Code thing because I am still upset and -again- take this very personal, someone calls me furious woman not without a reason, lol.
Three US Dollars! Who bought only three bloody USD from overseas e-commerce?? I seriously don’t understand what made them decide those brainless numbers.