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Old 09-07-2012, 04:28 AM   #1
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The return of Special Offers?

The new Kindle Paperwhite has the following blurb about Special Offers:

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Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Paperwhite. Examples of past special offers include:
$10 for a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card
Save up to $500 on select HDTVs
$1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands
Your offers display on your Kindle Paperwhite's screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen—they don't interrupt reading.
I'm hopeful that by Amazon including this wording on the sales page, there will be some "real" special offers on the new Kindles and not just local deals or sales available to all.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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I hope so too. We haven't really had any "special offers" in a long time.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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I hope so too. Occasionally we get to choose one book out of 100 for about $3 or $4, but that is never a truly great offer. I really miss the gift cards and real deals. I've never been interested in any of the local deals as most are for overpriced items at stores I don't shop and most of the stores are 20+ miles away. I just bought a Kindle Paperweight SO, so I hope there are enough truly good offers to help offset the higher price and tax I had to pay for it!
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Are these offers going to be available for other Kindle owners with "special offers," or are these ones going to be exclusive to the PW's?
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #5
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Are these offers going to be available for other Kindle owners with "special offers," or are these ones going to be exclusive to the PW's?
Interesting question. I noticed that the same blurb also appears on the new Kindle Fires (all of which appear to have SO's by default), so whether the specials will be device specific is yet to be seen.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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Interesting question. I noticed that the same blurb also appears on the new Kindle Fires (all of which appear to have SO's by default), so whether the specials will be device specific is yet to be seen.
But given the clever rhetoric they used to describe the new K4 as a truly new and improved device when in fact it is merely a black version of the current K4, I wouldn't trust anything Amazon is posting. Their rhetoric on describing the new K4 was just short of being lies, and it is very much misleading and I believe that was their intent. If I had to make a guess at this point I would say we probably won't see any good SOs, only those crappy local deals that are not really deals.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #7
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Are these offers going to be available for other Kindle owners with "special offers," or are these ones going to be exclusive to the PW's?
They'll also be available for the Kindle ($69) and Kindle Keyboard. Click the link next to the selection boxes for each device and you'll see a pop up box that specifically mentions the Kindle chosen.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Paperwhite.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Keyboard.
So it looks like Amazon is about to restart Special Offers again and make it available for all Special Offer models. Sure hope so.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #8
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They'll also be available for the Kindle ($69) and Kindle Keyboard. Click the link next to the selection boxes for each device and you'll see a pop up box that specifically mentions the Kindle chosen.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Paperwhite.
  • You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Keyboard.
So it looks like Amazon is about to restart Special Offers again and make it available for all Special Offer models. Sure hope so.
I hope so, but I'm skeptical. My first one was a K3 SO and I saved enough with the SO to buy the K4 SO when it was released. I subsequently saved enough on the K4 SO to buy the K5 SO (KT), but haven't had many offers worth noting on the K5 SO. Maybe $15 in savings over a 6 month period. The K3 SO was the best deal because there were no local deals at all. The K4 SO deal was okay, but not as good because they introduced the local deals. By the time I bought the K5 SO local deals were 90% of the deals, now they are 100%. I just pre-ordered a KPW SO so I hope we get real SOs again.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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I hope so, but I'm skeptical. My first one was a K3 SO and I saved enough with the SO to buy the K4 SO when it was released. I subsequently saved enough on the K4 SO to buy the K5 SO (KT), but haven't had many offers worth noting on the K5 SO. Maybe $15 in savings over a 6 month period. The K3 SO was the best deal because there were no local deals at all. The K4 SO deal was okay, but not as good because they introduced the local deals. By the time I bought the K5 SO local deals were 90% of the deals, now they are 100%. I just pre-ordered a KPW SO so I hope we get real SOs again.
While Amazon continues to place lots of offers on our SO Kindles, there hasn't been a real Special Offer since 30 Apr 12. Real Special Offers require the use of a unique code that's only available to owners of SO Kindles.

The offers that have been our Kindles since April have been available to anyone with an Amazon account; therefore, they don't qualify as Special Offers.

Let's hope they have some really good offers. Under the initial SO program, the offers were fantastic. As time went on, they became less attractive and the frequency dwindled until it completely stopped. Chances are, Amazon will do the same thing this time around. But hey, a good deal is a good deal and I'll take advantage of it no matter how short the ride is.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #10
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I hope so. It would be some "real" special offers when your purchase the new Kindle Paperwhite.
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