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Old 09-18-2009, 09:53 AM   #61
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my K2 arrives today, my only issue is should i call in sick to work or just cut out early once the website shows delivery confirmation?

seriously though, i'm real excited to get this, and just hope the extra $70 for the refurb K2 was worth it. i realized that ereaders are taking off in the next 6 months, but the K2 does all i need, so for me, waiting for another ereader that does more would be like waiting for a car with cruise control when i dont need cruise control. as the saying goes: "if you're always waiting 6 months for something to come out...then you're always waiting 6 months for something to come out"
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:29 AM   #62
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For those who haven't had a Kindle before, I would really like to encourage you to call Kindle support IF you have any problems.

There is a "contact us" button on your kindle support page. You simply click on the "phone" option, sign into your account, enter your phone number, and click "call me now"

I did this last night because in registering the k1, I inadvertently wound up with 3 Kindles,and couldn't figure out how to delete the extra.

The call was immediately returned, the rep took care of the problem from his end, within seconds.

They are more than willing to walk you thru any problems, and usually have outstanding reps.

Of course,............reading the user guide helps a lot also....
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my K2 arrives today, my only issue is should i call in sick to work or just cut out early once the website shows delivery confirmation?

seriously though, i'm real excited to get this, and just hope the extra $70 for the refurb K2 was worth it. i realized that ereaders are taking off in the next 6 months, but the K2 does all i need, so for me, waiting for another ereader that does more would be like waiting for a car with cruise control when i dont need cruise control. as the saying goes: "if you're always waiting 6 months for something to come out...then you're always waiting 6 months for something to come out"
Always remember this one caveat to that thought, it applies only if there are device which does what you want now and will continue to do so for the lifespan you expect from the device.

I say it because, while these days other tech devices offer trivial "upgrades", ebook reader devices are still far from stable. For sure right now the closest "sure things" are the Kindle, Sony and probably the iRex DR1000S (I just have no experience with the iRex but everyone seems to like theirs). Other than those, I feel waiting just a bit, until sometime between November to January will be a worthwhile move. I offer for example all the issues being discussed with the Astak PocketPro (battery issues as well as peeling paint from their cases.) Definitely a case where waiting makes sense because the device is new w/o any track record.

Still, in general, completely right, if the device you want is there now and you can honestly afford it, heck just buy it!
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:00 AM   #64
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For those who haven't had a Kindle before, I would really like to encourage you to call Kindle support IF you have any problems.

There is a "contact us" button on your kindle support page. You simply click on the "phone" option, sign into your account, enter your phone number, and click "call me now"

I did this last night because in registering the k1, I inadvertently wound up with 3 Kindles,and couldn't figure out how to delete the extra.

The call was immediately returned, the rep took care of the problem from his end, within seconds.

They are more than willing to walk you thru any problems, and usually have outstanding reps.

Of course,............reading the user guide helps a lot also....
But remeber, according to Jobs...nobody reads anymore. So, apparently user guides are just optional.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:00 PM   #65
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Always remember this one caveat to that thought, it applies only if there are device which does what you want now and will continue to do so for the lifespan you expect from the device.

I say it because, while these days other tech devices offer trivial "upgrades", ebook reader devices are still far from stable. For sure right now the closest "sure things" are the Kindle, Sony and probably the iRex DR1000S (I just have no experience with the iRex but everyone seems to like theirs). Other than those, I feel waiting just a bit, until sometime between November to January will be a worthwhile move. I offer for example all the issues being discussed with the Astak PocketPro (battery issues as well as peeling paint from their cases.) Definitely a case where waiting makes sense because the device is new w/o any track record.

Still, in general, completely right, if the device you want is there now and you can honestly afford it, heck just buy it!
good point, agreed. i will openly admit that a first half of me bought it because it does what i want, and waiting forever for the perfect device is elusive, while a second half demands instant gratification, and rationalizes itself with my first half.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:39 AM   #66
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I've been lurking for the better part of two years but now feel compelled to chip in.

I used a Kindle 1 from January 2008 until the display died in July 2009.

I had a Kindle DX for less than a week in June. It did not display all pdf files properly. I returned it more because of the abysmal performance of customer service than the defect in the device itself.

I ordered a refurbished Kindle 1 a few days ago and the result was a nightmare. It was not registered and I could not register it. Apparently, one was registered to me but not the one they sent me. Customer service asked me for the serial number. I told them and they had no record of any such Kindle existing. They promised to fix the registration issue within 48 hours. When I got off the phone with them I found the display was frozen. Nothing would unfreeze it. I tried a paper clip restart several times with no effect. The Kindle is packed up, ready to go back.

My advice to anyone considering buying a refurbished Kindle or any Kindle: Don’t do it!
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:08 AM   #67
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I finally bought a K2

I finally broke down after lurking for a long time. I bought a refurbished K2. I chose the super saver shipping because I'm in Germany and won't get back to the US until 30 Sep. So, I figured that since the 30 return period starts from the date of deliver, I should buy myself as much time as possible.

Now I'll be going through that bittersweet ritual of checking the status update page ever 5 seconds. lol

So.. YAY FOR ME!
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:03 PM   #68
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:32 PM   #69
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I still don't understand why the price for Kindle 2 has varied over time. I now got three prices $189, $219, and $250. I grabbed one at $219 though. Any thought about this?
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:38 PM   #70
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Always remember this one caveat to that thought, it applies only if there are device which does what you want now and will continue to do so for the lifespan you expect from the device.

I say it because, while these days other tech devices offer trivial "upgrades", ebook reader devices are still far from stable. For sure right now the closest "sure things" are the Kindle, Sony and probably the iRex DR1000S (I just have no experience with the iRex but everyone seems to like theirs). Other than those, I feel waiting just a bit, until sometime between November to January will be a worthwhile move. I offer for example all the issues being discussed with the Astak PocketPro (battery issues as well as peeling paint from their cases.) Definitely a case where waiting makes sense because the device is new w/o any track record.

Still, in general, completely right, if the device you want is there now and you can honestly afford it, heck just buy it!
I agree to the point that ebook reader is not stable yet. To me, an ebook reader should be matched exactly as a real paper, on which you can see colors and even take note by colorful annotations.
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:52 PM   #71
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I still don't understand why the price for Kindle 2 has varied over time. I now got three prices $189, $219, and $250. I grabbed one at $219 though. Any thought about this?
If these are refurbished and are sold by entities other than Amazon, they can control the pricing. Or, Amazon may be experimenting to find the price points for the K1 and K2 at which consumers jump to buy. Putting pressure on Sony's pricing policy.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #72
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I've been lurking for the better part of two years but now feel compelled to chip in.

I used a Kindle 1 from January 2008 until the display died in July 2009.

I had a Kindle DX for less than a week in June. It did not display all pdf files properly. I returned it more because of the abysmal performance of customer service than the defect in the device itself.

I ordered a refurbished Kindle 1 a few days ago and the result was a nightmare. It was not registered and I could not register it. Apparently, one was registered to me but not the one they sent me. Customer service asked me for the serial number. I told them and they had no record of any such Kindle existing. They promised to fix the registration issue within 48 hours. When I got off the phone with them I found the display was frozen. Nothing would unfreeze it. I tried a paper clip restart several times with no effect. The Kindle is packed up, ready to go back.

My advice to anyone considering buying a refurbished Kindle or any Kindle: Don’t do it!

Welcome to MobileRead, Vector. As you note, you've been lurking for about two years, so you probably already know your way around.

I'm sorry for your negative experiences with your Kindles and with Amazon. I personally feel that, while you may not be alone, you are probably in the minority. Nevertheless, you certainly have a right to be upset or perhaps disgruntled with the whole process.

Personally, I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with my Kindle 2, and I look forward to continued use and enjoyment of my unit and any future units I may decide to purchase.

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Old 09-19-2009, 07:37 PM   #73
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I bought a re-furb K1 for my sister's birthday present back in May - paid $200. Then August 30, I bought another to keep as a back-up for mine - paid $149. Both arrived in perfect condition and work perfectly.

I will continue to use the K1 for as long as I can make the original or the back-up function. I don't need text-to-speech, I don't need color; I don't care about .PDF. My Kindle does exactly what I want.

Now, if they come up with a version that will add a few more reading-only hours in the day. . .
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These are really great deals, mine should be arriving early next week. I've basically gotten Kindles for most of my close family now, they love me for it lol.

At this price point they are a pretty good purchase. I wonder if Amazon will see the volume of sales of refurbs at this price point and decide it's worth lowering the normal kindle price to get more sales.
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These are really great deals, mine should be arriving early next week. I've basically gotten Kindles for most of my close family now, they love me for it lol.

At this price point they are a pretty good purchase. I wonder if Amazon will see the volume of sales of refurbs at this price point and decide it's worth lowering the normal kindle price to get more sales.
Something so very many have been trying to get across for years now...at the right price people will not care about a number of things as much. Even the less than impressive display in the K1. Even then the K1 display is not completely awful for most folks it seems.

If Amazon put the price of the K2 at $149 and the K1 refurbs at $99 they would sell as if there were no other option. Only folks that would not join are those who feel a touch display is important or want more freedom format wise, but Calibre solves a lot of that issue.
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