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Old 05-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Buying used kindle on ebay?

I'm new to the forum, so hope I've put this thread in the right place.

anyway, I wondered if anyone has bought a used Kindle on ebay, and if it was worth it? Are there things I should know to look for/avoid? Can you register a used Kindle?

The only reason I'm thinking about it is that I realized with what I really want in an e-reader, I probably need to go up to a bigger device, like a tablet, but I don't have the money right now for that, so I thought maybe a kindle that doesn't have everything I want would be ok if the price was right (under $100; if it's not lower than that, then why would I get a used one, right?)

Just trying to check out all my options, so any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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there have been an awful lot of those kinds of kindles that have been stolen. I would suggest asking the seller to show you the registration number and call Amazon to make sure it is not hot.

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Old 05-11-2011, 05:17 PM   #3
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Plus you have to wonder why the Kindle was de-registered as well. There was one posting here at Mobileread about how a device had broken down or something and Amazon replaced it without requiring the broken one to be returned (I forget what was wrong with it). So you have to wonder was it de-registered due to a problem with the unit or is the ebay unit de-registered because someone got a new one (i.e going from a K2 to a K3 ). And I don't imagine you would be covered under the original warranty due to you not being the original owner either, so if you buy it and it breaks down you might well be out your $$ as well.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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I buy used computers, but more fancy or different electronic devices I prefer Amazon store. Prices maybe be a bit higher, but I have never had serious issues buying used from Amazon, from a seller I mean.



Thinking in selling my current Kindle 3 wifi, in order to buy the 3G model, but still thinking about it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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That'd be one of those things where I'd maybe check Craigslist (or some similar classifieds) in my local area. That way, I could SEE the item in person before buying, and run the reg numbers past Amazon. If all checks out, I get it right then and there, no shipping!

Plus, I'd get to haggle.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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well it depends on what your needs are - for only $14 above your $100 you can have a new Kindle Special Offers with a full warranty.

I'd be careful on EBAY or Craigslist because we have had so many stories here of people getting bad deals. Check down in our marketplace forum here too and see what is available from mobileread members - people sell their old devices all the time here and if you see somebody with a pretty good post count you'll know that they are at least a mobileread member with a posting history.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:50 PM   #7
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I'm new to the forum, so hope I've put this thread in the right place.

anyway, I wondered if anyone has bought a used Kindle on ebay, and if it was worth it? Are there things I should know to look for/avoid? Can you register a used Kindle?

The only reason I'm thinking about it is that I realized with what I really want in an e-reader, I probably need to go up to a bigger device, like a tablet, but I don't have the money right now for that, so I thought maybe a kindle that doesn't have everything I want would be ok if the price was right (under $100; if it's not lower than that, then why would I get a used one, right?)

Just trying to check out all my options, so any advice would be appreciated!
The risks are pretty high that the item is not legitimate, from what we've seen. But if it's a very reputable seller, then I might consider it. But frankly I haven't seen any deals that were particularly compelling, especially given the price of the Kindle with Special Offers.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:10 PM   #8
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anyway, I wondered if anyone has bought a used Kindle on ebay, and if it was worth it?
Personally, I avoid eBay and Craig's List at all cost. But that's me. YMMV

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But frankly I haven't seen any deals that were particularly compelling, especially given the price of the Kindle with Special Offers.
This is the route I'd suggest. The KSO is only $114 and it's brand new. I have one and it's identical to $139 Kindle, except that the screensavers are ads/offers and there's a small ad banner at the bottom of the home page. Taking advantage of the offers lowers the price even more.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:37 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone....this helps me think about it. Often ebay prices aren't even that decent, and I don't really see the point of getting something used if I could get a new one for just a bit more money. It would have to be a pretty good deal for me to want to do it. I did wonder about if it might not be legit, too.

I figured people on this forum would have a better sense of this than I do, so glad I asked.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:36 PM   #10
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I'm from the UK. When I was getting my DXG, I searched ebay but it turned out to be actually cheaper to buy directly from Amazon US and pay the shipping and import tax than to buy from ebay, they were going at auction for up to 25% more (new) and at least the Amazon price for used.

I use ebay a lot, but it isn't always a bargain, you have to watch it.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:34 AM   #11
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I bought my kindle 3 on ebay. (As I mentioned on this forum) when I try to add a hack, broke the software and call amazon. Amazingly they accepted to send a replacement!... If you careful about description of the product and seller profile(number of feedback, positive feedback ratio, previously sold kindles,if any, you can contact with seller, too.),If you do this careful enough, most probably there will be no problem.
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