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Old 10-31-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Kindle Paperwhite now 5-7 weeks back order?

Amazon claims it's because of high demand, but I wonder if it isn't because they've gone back to the drawing board and are trying to fix the light issues.

Either way, 7 weeks puts us very close to Christmas.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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I think it's purely because of the demand. I hope they take note of the fact that of all the new devices they launched this fall it is the e-ink device that has seen the most demand (at least initially). I fear that they plan to move towards tablets and abandon the e-ink devices in the future, yet it is clear that the demand is there for dedicated reading devices.
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I think it could be a combination of the two; if they've slowed production for quality control purposes (which seems likely) then it would be pretty easy for demand to exceed supply.
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I think it could be a combination of the two; if they've slowed production for quality control purposes (which seems likely) then it would be pretty easy for demand to exceed supply.
That would make sense. When did it become sold out before or after it was released?
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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The reason for the increasing backlog may be that folks with defective screens are NOT getting replacements anymore. They may be returning them for a credit and ordering brand now PW's and adding to a growing backlog.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I think it's purely because of the demand. I hope they take note of the fact that of all the new devices they launched this fall it is the e-ink device that has seen the most demand (at least initially). I fear that they plan to move towards tablets and abandon the e-ink devices in the future, yet it is clear that the demand is there for dedicated reading devices.
My thoughts exactly. I have an ipad, and it's great for on-line stuff, but i don't like to read books on it. I love the kindle - and I am nervous that the tablets will push ereaders into extinction. I've thought about gettting a spare, to take me in to old age. I guess the batteries would go eventually - i wonder if they would go on indefinitely, if just plugged in.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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I think it something else other then demand. Amazon has never been this backlog with a Kindle. I don't see the Paperwhite as popular as the K3 when it came out. We all wanted Pearl. The Kindle Fire was super popular and it was always available. We haven't even hit the Holidays yet, something is up.. Amazon is cutting this one close.

My guess they are having trouble. Perhaps something with the manufacturer in China. We may never know though.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:19 AM   #9
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It's probably due to international sales.

Last year Amazon concentrated its resources on the U.S. market and skipped the international christmas sales.

The Kindle Touch was released in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy no sooner than april 2012... 6 month (!) after the U.S. release in november 2011.

The Kindle Paperwhite on the other hand is already up for preorder in those countries and will start shipping on november 22. Orders placed today are expected to ship on december 31 (or next year)...

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Also Kobo seems to have similiar Problems.

They stated an international release of the Kobo Glo on october 1. The first patch of devices has arived this week (november) in germany and will probably be sold out by next week...
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:41 AM   #10
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It's probably due to international sales.

Last year Amazon concentrated its resources on the U.S. market and skipped the international christmas sales.

The Kindle Touch was released in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy no sooner than april 2012... 6 month (!) after the U.S. release in november 2011.

The Kindle Paperwhite on the other hand is already up for preorder in those countries and will start shipping on november 22. Orders placed today are expected to ship on december 31 (or next year)...

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Also Kobo seems to have similiar Problems.

They stated an international release of the Kobo Glo on october 1. The first patch of devices has arived this week (november) in germany and will probably be sold out by next week...
The paperwhite has already been released in the UK. We also got the kobo glo at the begining of October. For all my moaning when the PW didn't go up for pre-order at the same time as the US, it seems that we do well compared to our European cousins.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:42 AM   #11
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Amazon now states on their website that the PW will ship the week of December 17th.

I wonder how much the defective units have cut into their supply?
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Amazon now states on their website that the PW will ship the week of December 17th.

I wonder how much the defective units have cut into their supply?
I m trying to determine when to reorder to lessen the likelihood of receiving yet another defective unit as I had 3 shipped to me with defective screens.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #13
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I m trying to determine when to reorder to lessen the likelihood of receiving yet another defective unit as I had 3 shipped to me with defective screens.
I ordered one a few weeks ago as a gift and my shipping date is December 6-13. You can probably safely order one now to save your place in line and monitor reports of the devices which are sent out the beginning of December. If the reports are not good, you can always cancel your order.
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I think it something else other then demand. Amazon has never been this backlog with a Kindle. I don't see the Paperwhite as popular as the K3 when it came out. We all wanted Pearl. The Kindle Fire was super popular and it was always available. We haven't even hit the Holidays yet, something is up.. Amazon is cutting this one close.

My guess they are having trouble. Perhaps something with the manufacturer in China. We may never know though.
Need to give credit where credit is due. Amazon are very smart. It would not surprise me at all if Amazon pulled all current stock and have worked out the issue with the lighted screen - thus manufacturing a new batch. If going by forum reports and Amazon ratings then the return rate of a PW is huge, and it makes sense for Amazon to fix it now rather than keep losing out and selling an inferior product. Heck even Kobo who were behind Amazon's Kindle produced a better screen.

Knowing Amazon their date of 17th December will actually be around 10th. They usually over-estimate a date by about a week.
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I checked to see if there were any at Best Buy locally, and there was not one store that had them available. Also, they could not be shipped.

I think maybe they pulled them.

edit: This thread actually gives me hope. I think it's worth getting in line for the December units, as Solicitous suggested.

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