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Old 09-10-2019, 03:17 PM   #1
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The one thing I wish Kobo would imitate from Kindle...

I'm sitting (not literally) on five Kobos; the three most recent can be seen to the left. I'm not immune to gadget lust, but while I see the appeal of the newest offerings in each of the three sizes, none of them is enough of an improvement over what I've got that I can justify shelling out for them.

But. Amazon has that buyback program. I'd be thrilled, thrilled if I could send along my older devices to Kobo in exchange for a nominal credit and a discount on a new device. Between the savings and not having perfectly good devices sitting around moribund, I'd be sold. Why doesn't Kobo institute a similar program?

Yeah, I know I could try to sell my old devices and offset the price of something new, but it's more effort than I'm prepared to make. Amazon makes it so easy.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:33 PM   #3
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:35 PM   #4
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But. Amazon has that buyback program.
Only in your country, I think, not here in the UK as far as I know. But yes it would relieve some of the guilt of buying shiny new toys if we could all trade-in (probably for peanuts).

As it is, I have to console myself that I've got a ready supply of sacrificial goats when I want to try new firmware and/or patches without disrupting my day-to-day reading.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:51 PM   #5
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Only in your country, I think, not here in the UK as far as I know. But yes it would relieve some of the guilt of buying shiny new toys if we could all trade-in (probably for peanuts).

As it is, I have to console myself that I've got a ready supply of sacrificial goats when I want to try new firmware and/or patches without disrupting my day-to-day reading.
Yes, it's only in the US.

I did sell two of my older Kindles on a local virtual marketplace recently. To relieve my guilt over splurging on the Oasis 3 and the new Nook, I suppose.

I've wanted a Kobo for a while now, but for some reason don't find either the Forma or the Libra all that tempting. Still, if the reviews and personal experiences of the Libra should prove overwhelmingly positive, perhaps I will be tempted enough to get it...
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...if the reviews and personal experiences of the Libra should prove overwhelmingly positive, perhaps I will be tempted enough to get it...
It's a Kobo. Prepare for light bleed/weird screen lighting issues

Honestly, I do love my Kobo readers, but their history on new device releases
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I'm sitting (not literally) on five Kobos; the three most recent can be seen to the left. I'm not immune to gadget lust, but while I see the appeal of the newest offerings in each of the three sizes, none of them is enough of an improvement over what I've got that I can justify shelling out for them.

But. Amazon has that buyback program. I'd be thrilled, thrilled if I could send along my older devices to Kobo in exchange for a nominal credit and a discount on a new device. Between the savings and not having perfectly good devices sitting around moribund, I'd be sold. Why doesn't Kobo institute a similar program?

Yeah, I know I could try to sell my old devices and offset the price of something new, but it's more effort than I'm prepared to make. Amazon makes it so easy.

Kobo only deals in books and ereaders. That is their bread and butter. Amazon is much bigger and can afford a buyback program. I'm with everyone else. Just sell them on eBay or even better control your "gadget lust". Lol.
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It's a Kobo. Prepare for light bleed/weird screen lighting issues

Honestly, I do love my Kobo readers, but their history on new device releases
Yeah... one can always hope.
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I'm sitting (not literally) on five Kobos; the three most recent can be seen to the left. I'm not immune to gadget lust, but while I see the appeal of the newest offerings in each of the three sizes, none of them is enough of an improvement over what I've got that I can justify shelling out for them.

But. Amazon has that buyback program. I'd be thrilled, thrilled if I could send along my older devices to Kobo in exchange for a nominal credit and a discount on a new device. Between the savings and not having perfectly good devices sitting around moribund, I'd be sold. Why doesn't Kobo institute a similar program?

Yeah, I know I could try to sell my old devices and offset the price of something new, but it's more effort than I'm prepared to make. Amazon makes it so easy.
Or You could sit down (literally) on Your Kobos and then You will need Clara, Libra and Forma

Seriously: I am also tempted by Forma, I don't want to become a device collector but...

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...or even better control your "gadget lust". Lol.
Where's the fun in that
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Only in your country, I think, not here in the UK as far as I know. But yes it would relieve some of the guilt of buying shiny new toys if we could all trade-in (probably for peanuts).
Kindle trade-in values are based on original MSRP, I noticed (e.g. all PW generations are $25 on trade-in). The real deal here is the 25% off discount on new Kindles on top of the trade-in credit (even when sending in broken Kindles). This makes it a lot more affordable to upgrade (and entices people to stay in the Kindle ecosystem).

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... The real deal here is the 25% off discount on new Kindles on top of the trade-in credit ...
Is that another US-only thing? You guys don't know you're born

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...and entices people to stay in the Kindle ecosystem...
I guess that's why I've never been sucked in, beyond very occasional purchases.
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Kindle trade-in values are based on original MSRP, I noticed (e.g. all PW generations are $25 on trade-in). The real deal here is the 25% off discount on new Kindles on top of the trade-in credit (even when sending in broken Kindles). This makes it a lot more affordable to upgrade (and entices people to stay in the Kindle ecosystem).


This. The trade-in value for my Kindle Touch was very minimal, but the 25% off new price on Oasis 2 irresistible. And I sold my Kindle Voyage on eBay for considerably more than the offered trade-in, so new device savings all 'round. I wanted the Kindle for testing and proofreading, but my primary reader is Kobo, so it was impossible to justify full price on the Kindle.




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What I wish Kobo would provide would be the ability to upload personal docs/books to a cloud and sync like Kindle.

Think that would attract more people to Kobo than a trade-in program.


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