It’s amazing how much of a price difference there is between the Kindle Paperwhite sold in Canada and the Kindle Paperwhite sold in the US.
Amazon’s marketing department has come up with a brilliant way to get people to think they are getting a better deal than they really are when purchasing new Kindles, at least in the US where Kindles are sold with Special Offers, which are ads on the lockscreen and homescreen. But if you compare US prices with Canadian prices, it doesn’t appear that US customers are getting a discount at all with the ad-supported models. In fact they are considerably more expensive than the non-ad versions in Canada.
Right now the Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for Valentine’s Day in Canada and the US.
The US price is $99 for the ad-supported model and $119 for the non-ad version.
Compare that to the Canadian price of $109 CAD for the non-ad version, which is the equivalent to about $82.50 USD.
That’s cheaper than the Special Offers version in the US, as they don’t sell the ad-supported models in Canada.
So in the US the equivalent Paperwhite is essentially $36.50 more expensive than it is in Canada. That’s a huge difference!
When you consider the non-sale prices, the non-ad version of the Paperwhite sells for $149 in the US and $139 CAD in Canada, which is equivalent to about $105 USD. That’s a difference of $44 for the same exact Kindle!
The prices are a bit closer when comparing the Kindle Oasis, however. It sells for $329 CAD in Canada and the non-ad version is $269 in the US. That’s only a $20 difference after conversion. But it’s amazing how much cheaper the Kindle Paperwhite is in Canada than it is in the US.