Valentine’s Day sale on Kindles and Fires

Valentine’s Day sale on Kindles and Fires

I think we tend to see sales on the Fires a lot more than on the EBRs (E-Book Readers…non-Fire Kindles).

That’s why it was nice to see this

Valentine’s Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Not only are some of the Fires on sales, so are some of the EBRs.

Those prices are all for the least expensive configurations: ad-supported where appropriate, lowest onboard memory.

Update: added for today only, Monday, February 9: Fire HDX 8.9 (at AmazonSmile*) 64 GB, wi-fi only for $299…instead of $479! That’s a savings of $180!

While not mentioned at the “presented by Sprint” page, it’s also

$15 off the Fire HD 7(at AmazonSmile*) making it $114 instead of $139

As a former brick-and-mortar store manager, it’s interesting to me that the top in the line items don’t tend to go on sale as much at Amazon…and that makes customer psychology sense.

The

Kindle Voyage (any configuration) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for example, is not included in this sale…and usually isn’t included. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen that one on sale, in fact.

That’s because there are times when something being more expensive is more of an incentive to buy, not less of one.

Gifts are a great example.

If you can afford and want a luxury gift, you are impressed by a higher price.

When I ran a game store (I did that in addition to a bookstore…not at the same time), we would never have discounted a $500 chess set.

A $20 chess set? Sure.

In fact, we probably wouldn’t have had a $20 chess set…it would have been $19.99, to make it look like more of a bargain.

I think Amazon doesn’t price the Voyage at $200 because it is competing with other gadgets…not because it is competing with other Kindles.

They probably sell more with it as the most expensive Kindle.

Couldn’t they discount it for a short time, sell a bunch, and then raise it again?

Yes, but you don’t want people waiting for a sale on an expensive item.

The Mindle Touch is almost an impulse buy for some people. You might debate if you need another one, or if your kid needs their own, and be influenced by a sale.

For the Voyage, it should be a careful, reasoned decision…you have to consider the less expensive models, and decide in favor of the Voyage.

Having people waiting for price fluctuations on the Voyage could make “closing the sale” more difficult.

Regardless, this is a “limited time” sale, and may not be available in your country. Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button.

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7 Responses to “Valentine’s Day sale on Kindles and Fires”

  1. Barbara Berry Says:

    That’s $25 off the Kindle HD 7! The price is $114 marked down from $139.

  2. Allie D. Says:

    I’ve been wanting to ask this but I haven’t seen a suitable place until now – have you seen the Fire 6″? Or heard anything about it? It seems awfully small – yes I realize that’s the point!! – but I am wondering how user-friendly it is.
    One thing I noted, when it first came out, there were 80 zillion different types of covers for it, and then a few weeks later there were only a few – which leads me to believe the device itself has NOT been a successful item. I.e., not much profit in selling many and varied covers.
    However, lack of success does not preclude user-friendliness🙂 So I was wondering. Seems SO small, but I’ve got the HDX 8.9. The 6″ model would be just for google or wiki, checking weather, movies, very simple stuff, but I’m concerned that a small onscreen keyboard might not be the only impediment. I’m not sure what to think.
    I know, YMMV, etc. Just curious. Any thoughts appreciated. I don’t find it particularly helpful going by the comments on amazon, not for hardware like this.
    Thanks!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      We own one.🙂

      That’s our current “guest Kindle”, and it worked very well when we had a visitor: no complaints about the size, and some good comments about the usefulness.

      6″ is the same screen size as the Paperwhite…it’s not really that small, depending on what you are doing with it.

      As to the keyboard…the dictation makes a big difference on that (you can talk to a Fire pretty accurately, but I can use the keyboard. It’s a keyboard you can swipe, which lets you be a lot less precise.

      Bottom line: I think it’s fine.🙂

      As to how well it’s selling…it’s the top selling Fire tablet. It’s number four in electronics right now…the 7″ is number nine.

  3. Allie D. Says:

    Oh, thanks for the reply, both quick and helpful! That sounds great for my purposes.
    Interesting as to how it’s selling. I don’t think to look at the lists; apparently I just guess based on incomplete and somewhat irrelevant…not to mention possibly inaccurate… information. You know us liberal arts types! Thank you for answering my rather dopey supposition with kindness!😉

  4. Robert Anderson Says:

    Great news, time to upgrade my Kindle Paperwhite v1; for more memory and better screen contrast, newest software. The Voyage just too much $$$$ now, not sure I would like the case opening from the bottom versus the side like a book. I missed the holiday sale prices, and have been waiting for this price drop….. Thanks for the alert.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Robert!

      Excellent! Enjoy it!

      The Paperwhite that’s on sale is the non-Fire that I use on a daily basis.

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