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Old 05-11-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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Kobo price dropped (at least for a while)

Kobo have announced a drop in price of the Kobo ereader to US$99, at least for a while

http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/pr...-kobo-readers/
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:04 AM   #2
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Probably in response to the new Kindle with special offers, and maybe the hope of getting new sales before the new B&N reader and Amazon tablet.

Good to see the price filtered down to here in Aus...NOT!!!

I have a gut feeling that whilst they say the $99 is a spring price, that it will remain like that afterwards.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:55 AM   #3
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They would sell like hotcakes here in Aus if they were at $99.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:29 AM   #4
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Not enough. They need to drop it to at least $85 to remain competitive with the better spec'd Kindle ($115).
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:04 AM   #5
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I honestly think with the Aussie dollar and our import taxes etc, $120 would be a very reasonable price here. Unfortunately it won't happen. With no Sony stock the kobo is really the only e ink device one can buy locally, but at the current $179 it is a bit hard to chew, especially given the low price if importing the same unit.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:14 AM   #6
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Borders (US) has been selling the Kobo for this price for quite some time. Their website used to have quite a few devices on it, but now it's down to just two - Kobo ($100) and Cruz Tablet ($125).

...but then, they're struggling to remain afloat.
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Not enough. They need to drop it to at least $85 to remain competitive with the better spec'd Kindle ($115).
You mean the one with ads?
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You mean the one with ads?
Yep...
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:27 PM   #9
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I'm tempted to buy another one. I don't know if I can wait for a firmware update (that may or may not happen) to get the go to page function and CBZ compatibility on the older kobo...
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:54 PM   #10
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It's like an e-book reader television! Rejoice! (Unless you hate most television ads, in which case "Dejoice!")
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:56 PM   #11
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In Canada the wifi kobo is on sale for $129. Seems everything to do with the kobo is a little more expensive here. The Verso clip light they sell with it is $20, the gel skin case, $20, and the case with the 4 corner straps and a cover is $30. I forget how much the roots leather case was but I think it was $30 also.

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In Canada the wifi kobo is on sale for $129. Seems everything to do with the kobo is a little more expensive here. The Verso clip light they sell with it is $20, the gel skin case, $20, and the case with the 4 corner straps and a cover is $30. I forget how much the roots leather case was but I think it was $30 also.
You would figure that since they made it in Canada, it would be a bit cheaper... also, with the Canadian dollar at par (or better) for the last few months. About the only thing in Canada that is not more expensive than in the states is err... I honestly can't think of any. Mosquitoes?

And yes, I'm a Canadian (living the US)
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:58 AM   #13
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Still $199NZD here in New Zealand - you could order it from a US site and get it shipped for cheaper than that.
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The Kobo dropped to $99.99 at Christmas time, but at the same time Borders was selling the Aluratek for $10 less. When all three local Borders stores in this area closed, the price of Kobo dropped to $80, but only in those stores (it was still $100 on-line). I had considered the Aluratek, but the drop in price (combined with other features I'd been looking for) tipped the scales in favor of the Kobo.
I bought the Kobo insurance package when store closing prices dropped to 60% off. It came with a case, some screen cleaning wipes, & a couple of in-store coupons.
I didn't like the case; it seemed unnecessarily bulky, & only had a square of sticky paper to keep the Kobo in place. I bought a red "leather-like" case with 4 corner straps for $13 at Amazon. It doesn't take up nearly as much room in my already overcrowded purse as the "insurance" case, & it's bright color makes it easier to find when I've forgotten where I left it.

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According to whirlpool people have ordered for that price from the US and received it within a week. Pretty much works out to AUD100 delivered for a new Kobo wifi.
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