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Old 05-27-2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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Kindle price drop at Amazon, $359.00 free shipping

Amazon has cut the price of its Kindle reader to $359 from $399. Must have happened at midnight PDT. Was $40 more just a few hours ago. I guess the 6 month "new" factor has worn off. :>

Amazon honored some sort of low-price agreement, so recent purchasers might be due for a refund.

And: Happy shopping, everyone who's been holding out.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:46 AM   #2
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Usually I'm a day late and dollar short. This time I'm early and out $40.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:13 AM   #3
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If only there was Sprint wireless service out were I live. That, combined with this price cut, could be enough temptation for me to make the switch from Sony.

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Old 05-27-2008, 06:17 AM   #4
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I you bought your Kindle recently from Amazon, I think Amazon honors low-price matching for 30 days or something similar. Why not contact them and ask them to match their current price?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:21 AM   #5
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Hmm, I wonder if sales have dropped off now that the book-nerds have burned through their initial stock and now few are buying.

Just speculation, but really, when do companies really make such large price cuts on relatively new items unless the sales are slowing?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:38 AM   #6
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:43 AM   #7
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I doubt they're ready to launch a new device so soon. I would expect to see a new version either late November, or else mid-2009. The product cycle on e-book readers doesn't seem to be crazy-competitive like that for cell phones, pda's, laptops, and mp3 players. Fewer people read. :< Used books are still cheap. :>

I would imagine it's just `the new wore off' and Amazon discounts everything in the end.

Or the people who really wanted them already got one, and now they aim for more of the mass-market. I suspect this price drop will generate news stories and a whole new sales push to those who wouldn't budge at $400. (Remember the Iphone? :>)

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Old 05-27-2008, 08:33 AM   #8
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I recently poked around the FCC site to see if there was anything new from Amazon. It seems they filed for approval of some small hardware changes but no signs of Kindle 2 so far.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:28 AM   #9
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Dang. Just my luck, of course. My Kindle shipped on 4/17, so I'm out of their 30-day price protection window. I must admit I'm not "in love" with my Kindle, and it might go to eBay eventually since the convenience isn't making up for its original cost (and with the iPhone App store around the corner, I'm hearing rumors that there will be a book reader app for the iPhone and I've got my fingers crossed that OTA downloads will be a part of that)...
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:50 AM   #10
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I received mine on 4/23 but I put in a request for a partial refund or gift card equal to $50 anyway. You never know unless you try.

I wonder if someone knew this was coming because this thread was bumped yesterday in the Amazon forums.

http://www.amazon.com/Amazons-Price-...sin=B000FI73MA

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If a product that amazon sells directly drops in price within 30 days, they will refund you the difference if you email them. However Amazon has a well known reputation for issuing price matches well beyond the 30 days. On several occassions i recieved partial refunds well after 3 months. And one occasion after 6 months.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:52 AM   #11
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This is most likely a product life cycle price reduction. The early adopters paid the highest price and now the price starts to drop. We saw the same type of pricing with electronic calculators and Polaroid cameras in they hay days.
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Hmm, I wonder if sales have dropped off now that the book-nerds have burned through their initial stock and now few are buying.

Just speculation, but really, when do companies really make such large price cuts on relatively new items unless the sales are slowing?
Apple iPhone ring any bells - sales of it were not slowing and they lowered the price $200 . $40 seems small in comparison. I think it's a simple case of 6+ months passing and the Kindle is not "new" anymore.

Having had mine since 11/20, I don't begrudge Amazon the $40, and I hope this moves the price to more mass-market levels.
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Glad to see it! But I agree that this is just what happens with products, the prices go down. The product has been very successful which may also account for the price drop (more being made, price goes down.)

There is already an ebook reader on the iphone... It works okay, but it's just not something I want to read on. Also, I can't imagine much in the way of book selection unless the book reader comes from Apple itself and they get behind it.

Or if we all get lucky and Amazon starts selling ebooks for other devices... (Fat chance!)
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Or if we all get lucky and Amazon starts selling ebooks for other devices... (Fat chance!)
It would be cool if they did. Maybe charge extra ($1?) for the conversion which would have to go through Amazon. The more books sold, the better for Amazon.
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I recently poked around the FCC site to see if there was anything new from Amazon. It seems they filed for approval of some small hardware changes but no signs of Kindle 2 so far.
There was not really a great deal of warning before the Cybook appeared with some hardware changes...
Mind you, price hasn't changed...
So much for competition pricing...
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