Amazon devices holiday sale: Mindle Touch $59, more
It’s December 15th, and we have a limited time offer on Amazon devices.
I’m guessing this might be about it, except for maybe some flash sales.
One of the Gold Box Deals of the day is $125 (!) off the
That brings the lowest configuration of this largest Fire down to $224. This is the previous generation, but it does have front and back cameras and Mayday (the onscreen technical help). It is the previous generation of the operating system, though.
Other deals promoted here:
- $20 off Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), bringing it to $79 (I use ours every day)
- $30 off Fire HD Kids Edition (at AmazonSmile*) (making it as low as $159 for the ruggedized version)
- $20 off the The entry level model, the one I call the “Mindle Touch” (at AmazonSmile*) making it only $59
- $220 off the unlocked (meaning you can use it with any provider, not just AT&T) Amazon Fire Phone (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) , making it $229…and that comes with a year of Prime (for both new and existing members), bringing it down to about $130 net
I thought you might also be interested in this comment I made recently in the Amazon Kindle forums. There has been some very lively discussion of the Amazon Echo (I do not have an invitation at this point), and one poster suggested Amazon should hurry and send out some more invitations, since the number available on eBay was dwindling. I responded:
“…getting the majority of Echoes off eBay may be a good thing for Amazon…so waiting might actually help them. 🙂
They didn’t prohibit resale of the devices as a contractual condition of getting one in pre-release, and they could have done that. However, my guess is that they are picking people in order to get a diversity of use patterns, depending on demographics, buying habits, and so on. Having them sold unused on the secondary market skews that data, since they can’t control who gets one.
They can’t have them disappear altogether, since someone who legitimately got one directly through invitation could sell it used.
Once they are mostly gone from eBay, though, they have a number of choices:
* They could make no resale a condition of pre-release ownership…perhaps sunsetting that provision when the device goes into general release. They could put that restriction in the invitation e-mail
* They could send out another round or two of invitations…since people who are getting are Prime members, they could probably get them on Monday, December 22nd, and still have them for December 25th. It’s worth noting that a lot of purchasing goes on after December 25th as well
* They could offer it to all Prime members for $99. That could also be a tie-in to promote Prime: “Get Prime for $99 for the year, and buy the $199 Echo (not released yet) for $99”. People would see that as getting Prime for free for the first year
* They could do a one day, flash sale of them to the general public (maybe through WOOT, owned by Amazon). That would get a lot of publicity, and would start getting them tech reviews (outside of the ones who have bought the device on the secondary market). Then, they could follow up with surveys…perhaps, intriguingly, even conducted by Alexa herself: “Do you mind if I ask YOU some questions?” 🙂 I would think compliance with that survey would be relatively high. Also, since the device is registered with Amazon generally by existing customers (I would guess), they already have a lot of data on the users
* They could simply open it for general purchase…which would tend to knock the wheels out from under the eBay market
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* 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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