Originally Posted by RainingLemur
I know. (I have Prime)
But, the Fire currently is more than $79. Say I sign up for Prime, pay the $79, get a Fire, and never renew my membership...is Amazon going to bill me for the difference?
In that case, you would profit at Amazon's expense. Amazon would be gambling that some people would increase their Amazon purchases, making up for those who took advantage of the free Fire. Think of it like Vegas. The casinos have a lot of giveaways, you can get plenty of free food and drinks. They aren't doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, they are expecting to make more money than it costs them for the freebies. Some people take advantage of the freebies, and spend little or no money gambling. These people are easily made up for by the gamblers. Some people think they are going to stick it to the casino and not gamble, but wind up gambling anyway.
If I am offered a choice of a free e-ink Kindle or a free Kindle Fire with an Amazon Prime membership, I'd probably get the Fire, just because it is more expensive. I can always buy the e-ink device on my own. I suppose Amazon could require a longer membership to get a free Kindle Fire.