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Old 08-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
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Last I heard Target will get them sometime in September.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:47 PM   #3
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Reports from MR members are that Target has signs up saying they will have the new Kindles in early September.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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Thoughts on Target carrying the Kindle3? Considering few customers can actually touch a Kobo, having Target stores carry the K3 might initiate the death knell for the Kobo.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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if they don't have a serious price drop pretty soon the kobo is already dead, regardless of whether the kindle hits target.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:09 AM   #6
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Target, in my opinion, is not a competitive retail store. I went to a Target store hoping to try out and buy the Kindle 2. First,there was hardly any customer there. Then the workers there didn't know what a kindle or ereader is. I finally found a couple of kindles stashed away in a locked shelf but there was no display units. Anyway, I still wanted to buy it so I asked them to get one out for me and also inquired about their return policy. The guy told me 3 months return if the item is unused or unopened. I left the store seeing no reason for me to pay additional sales tax for less service. If I ordered the Kindle through Amazon, at least I get a 30 days no question asked return policy. If Amazon wants more retail presence, they might want to hook up with Best Buy or get Target to change their return policy to be compatible with Amazon's.
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>> ... I left the store seeing no reason for me to pay additional sales tax for less service ...

Excellent points, Rebo. I was mainly thinking of being able to physically touch and play with a demo unit as an incentive to "impulse buy" such a device ... Thanks for opening my mind up, fellow consumer!
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:38 AM   #8
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Over at Kindle Boards the whole Target/Kindle situation has been discussed in several long threads. It appears that this situation is pretty much the same across the country.

Target does not display a working model, just a demo model. In my store the screen said that the battery needed to be charged. A clerk that I mentioned this to said that "they didn't send us a power strip so we couldn't plug in the charger. It showed the demo until the battery ran out and it's been like that ever since."

In some stores they're displayed on an end cap in the Electronics section while the Sony readers are displayed in the Book section. Some people have reported having to ask where it is and being asked in return "What's a Kindle?" and clerks not knowing where it was. In some stores they're less than prominently displayed.

IMHO, Target is doing a huge disservice to Amazon and Amazon should pull the account. Why someone would buy a Kindle at a Target store from clerks who don't know anything about it is a mystery. And pay tax on top of that. There is absolutely nothing about the way Target markets the Kindle that anyone would find it compelling.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #9
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Target had a very nice Sony Reader display, and if I didn't already know about the kindle, I would have bitten. I think Target just carries the kindle to mute the Sony impulse buying.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:41 PM   #10
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Hmmm, the Target displays at two local stores are on the end cap of the same aisle the Sony Readers are on, in Electronics. While it is is demo model, it is plugged in (via extension cord to the Sony display!) and runs through its "ad." And there is a nice selection of Speck and InCase covers and cases directly below it.

Claiming that "they" (corporate or Amazon) didn't send a power strip with the display to plug the cable into sounds like a bunch of lazy Target employees.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:42 PM   #11
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Target had a very nice Sony Reader display, and if I didn't already know about the kindle, I would have bitten. I think Target just carries the kindle to mute the Sony impulse buying.
Given how shoddy the Kindle displays apparently are in Target, I doubt it even does that very well. Shame on Target, and shame on Amazon for allowing it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:02 PM   #12
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The Best Buy stores in my area do a lousy job displaying the Sony readers and the Nook. None of their employees ever seem to know much about them. Sometimes they have them turned on, and other times you cannot turn them on. So it is not just Target that has terrible displays. I wish Amazon would sell Kindles through Best Buy so that more people would see them. Target is like the old Kmart stores, a low grade department store with a little bit of everything but a limited selection in each category. At least Best Buy is electronics centered. But regardless, I think it is best to buy directly from Amazon and save the sales tax. I suspect it will be easier to deal with Amazon CS if an issue arises if you bought directly from them rather than having to deal with Best Buy or Target.
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Given how shoddy the Kindle displays apparently are in Target, I doubt it even does that very well. Shame on Target, and shame on Amazon for allowing it.
Kindle endcap display was perfectly fine looking in the two local (Super) Targets I happened to see them at.

I didn't talk to the staff -- but I wouldn't expect much, frankly.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #14
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I just looked at the Kindle in my local Target, I went there specifically to do so. The display was on an end cap, the unit was powered but in demo mode. They had 4 or 5 different covers on display underneath. A sign saying Kindle 3's would be there some time in September.

I really wanted to try it out (wanted to try the keypad and notetaking, etc.) and was disappointed that it was not a working unit. What's up with that?
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