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Old 11-17-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Just bought the 505 for 139 at Target, should I be worried?

Posted this in probably the wrong forum so I thought I would try here...

I just bought the Sony 505 at Target for 139.00 That is a steal and I, myself, would be perfectly happy with it, but the problem is, it is not for me!

I convinced my sister's husband to buy it for her for Christmas. (I bought it, he is paying me back.) I know she has been wanting one (I have the pink 300) and this was 60 dollars cheaper.

Am I wrong? Is she going to have more headaches than it is worth? I would have bought it for myself, but now I am having buyers remorse about making someone else buy it, LOL. I just don't want them coming back and saying..."why did you recommend this one, we could have gotten the other one."

(though to be fair if it works fine and she has no problems, then she will never do that, I am the one that second guesses everything.)

I wanted to set it up for her and do the firmware update if there is one because she does not have the patience. I even have a few books I can download onto her device. I just have to register her device to my ebook library right?

Tell me if I did the right thing.

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Old 11-17-2009, 12:42 PM   #2
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You did the right thing. You won't regret it --- the 505 is great!
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I don't understand the "problem" here. The 505 is fine, and a great deal at $139. I don't think anyone can offer the hand-holding or reassurance you might be looking for beyond that. The 505 shouldn't need a firmware upgrade either, but it's easy to do if it does. Just follow the instructions from the Sony site.

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Old 11-17-2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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So the 505 does NOT need an upgrade? (there is one available on the sony site, so I thought it must in order to read epubs and the library books) But if it does not that is great.

There is no actual problem, per se. Just me being overanxious about spending someone else's money for them, LOL.

I was actually considering giving her mine and keeping this one!
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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Just a quick question, was this 505 in a sealed box or was it a display unit?

If it was a display unit you may have to write over the demo firmware, otherwise the sealed box units should be ready to go as is. The 505 is a great device and the only possible complaint would be that it is bigger than your 300.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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I don't think Target is selling demo units. The one I bought there recently has new firmware (which came out over a year ago).
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #7
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It wasn't a demo. They had this one lone one and I have been waiting for it to be clearanced for awhile, but it has remained over 200 until this week. I guess they marked it down yesterday. I could have waited and taken my chances on it still being there next week to see if they marked it down again, but it is such a deal at 139, I just bought it.

I am a little jealous of the 6 inch screen. LOL
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:46 PM   #8
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I got the 505, no regrets. Unless she's choosey about color.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:49 PM   #9
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Lucky you -- none of the Targets around here had any 505s left in stock, so I had to buy one off e-bay, brand new, for just over $200! And I'm already thinking about buying a second one to keep on hand as a spare should the one I just bought die for any reason (God forbid!)

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I just got a 505 from Target last week and love it - no regrets whatsoever!

BUT, do *definitely* check to see what version of the firmware you have, because you might need an upgrade. The unit I got hadn't had the firmware upgrade necessary for reading epubs (and boy, it was an adventure figuring that out, being as I'm on a Mac and had to borrow a Windows computer to do it...) so it's *really* important to check to be sure! Other than that slight hiccup, though, my experience with it has been great.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #11
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I got my 505 back in Jan 08 from Sony for $170. I'd walked into the store ready to pay full price but they offered me a window display for 40% off and I garbed it and have never been sorry. Even if Sony offered a free upgrade to the 300 or 600, I really think I'd stay with the 505.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:34 PM   #12
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139? Wow, that's really a steal...

It's a national clearance? Anyone check it out locally...?
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I would be worried because you got a good deal on the 505 which means you probably will not win the lottery. Thats how these things work.
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I got mine for 198 at Target also. It was the last one out of the 2 Targets in town. I didn't dare wait for it to get any cheaper. I had mine for about a month and I love it! Congrats on finding a deal!
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:24 PM   #15
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The 505 is still the best of the Sony readers as far as I'm concerned (but I don't use dictionary or annotations).

That's a great price! $100 cheaper than I got my second one for on clearance at Target.
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