Kindle Fires are on sale today
Note: see the update below: Prime members are getting an extra ten percent off the prices listed in the first part of this post!
This is a “limited time” offer, but not one of those that disappears in seconds. No way to know how long it will last, but I guess it will be good for today. Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button.
That’s my personally most-used device.
It’s $199 for the configuration I have: 16 GB, special offers, wi-fi only.
That’s $30 off the normal $299 price.
It appears to be $30 off any of the possible configurations.
is $40 off, again, that appears to be all the configurations (including 4G).
That brings the cheapest version down to $339.
In addition to the larger screen, you also get a rear-facing camera with that one, in addition to the front-facing camera (for videocalls, mostly) you get on the 7″.
No cameras, no Mayday…but $20 off the 8GB makes it as low as $119. 16GB? $40 off.
For comparison’s sake, $119 makes it the same price as the
Update: thanks to reader Glenn Starrett for the heads-up on this one!
I missed this at first, and I think a lot of people did.
For the first time, Prime members are getting an additional discount on Kindles…and it can be combined with the above.
We don’t know if it will last very long, but the extra 10% is an interesting move (and a way to give us more as they raise the prices. Here are the details:
Bonus tip: I’ve written before about pricing strategies. Pricing something with a price ending in .99 makes it seem like you are getting a bargain, like you are saving money.
Pricing something ending in .00 makes it seem like it is a quality product. When I managed a gamestore (I also managed a bookstore), we couldn’t have sold a $499 chess set…but we could sell a $500 one. Someone spending that much doesn’t want a “bargain”, they want “the best”.
Oddly, sort of the same thing goes with Kindle books. A stand-out book may be priced at an even $5, instead of $4.99:
Some of the books there:
- Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Lean In by Sheryl Strandberg
- I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Those were all buzzy books. That doesn’t mean that books priced at $4.99 aren’t as good, and certainly not that they aren’t as popular. It’s just that if you sort things only by price, you may miss some really good backlist books at what are now bargain prices.
* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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