Two Notes On The Kindle Price Drop

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Hot on the heels of Barnes & Noble’s 3G Nook price drop (and new WiFi-only model) yesterday, Amazon responded with a reduction of their own…. coming in lower by $10. ($189 versus $199) But you already knew that. What you might not have known is that Amazon has also gone ahead and lowered refurbished Kindles to $170. Not a bad deal at all, considering this product ran $259 (new) a mere 36 hours ago. Not quite as low as I’d like for this relatively new segment, but it’s now probably time to get Mom on board.

Now, for those folks who recently picked up a Kindle at a higher price… An alert ZNF reader called into Amazon today exploring the various remedies. He was told anyone who had purchased a Kindle from 5/21 – 6/21 would be credited the difference – presumably only if they contact support, as he did. However, as he was somewhat outside that window, Amazon kindly issued a $50 store credit to ease his pain.

10 thoughts on “Two Notes On The Kindle Price Drop”

  1. Yeah, kinda crazy when you consider it’s basically the same price and screen size as the much more competent iPad. Wonder what they’re planning for that model/size.

  2. I was able to get the price difference back on my Nook this morning too. I was within 30 days of purchase at Best Buy and they gave me $60 back.

  3. They also lowered the price of the refurbished US-only Kindle to $139. Unfortunately, I had purchased one of these for $189 last Friday, Amazon support wasn’t so gracious with my request for a $50 credit, telling me that only the ‘current’ Kindle was eligible for credit. So, back it goes.

  4. I bought mine on June 9. I just called support at 1-866-321-8851 and it seemed that they were waiting for my call. They happily refunded my credit card $70

  5. Dave, you know that US only Kindle is on the Sprint network, right. I’m sure you knew that, but just in case mom doesn’t live in a Sprint friendly area.

    Anyhow, how are the Kindle refurbs? Are they like Apple refurbs where you cannot really tell other than a white/brown box?

  6. Yep, I do know that (and even noted it at Kindle 2 launch.). Connectivity is less of an issue with something like the Kindle versus say an iPhone which is always passing data. As far as Kindle refurb condition and packaging, we’re about the find out. :)

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