$49 for FHD6: check your e-mail

$49 for FHD6: check your e-mail

Just on my phone, but I got a presumably non-sharable code for a Fire HD 6 for $49!

This may not last long…which is why I am sending it out in this limited way.

Update: the offer also appeared for me on the device’s Amazon product page:

Yep…$49 instead of $99, for a “limited-time”.

Interestingly, I’m seeing in the Kindle forum that different people are seeing different prices. Assuming that they are all in the same country, it might seem odd that the prices would be different for different people. That can happen…and, as I understand it, it’s legal.

For example, a website could charge different prices to people in different locations. It might cost them more to do business in different states…perhaps there are different delivery methods available.

If that seems odd, it happens a lot. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area: compare our gas prices to those of, say, New Orleans. That’s not just due to our relatively high gas taxes.

More broadly, what if they charged more for an item that was Prime eligible…but only if the customer was a Prime member? I don’t know if that’s the case, of course…but my guess is that it would be legal.

Here’s a

Lifehacker article by Thorin Klosowski

that gives you several examples of “dynamic pricing” at websites…including Amazon. They claim to give you some advice about what to do about it…but I think it’s going to simply be the way it is for most people.

That said, I think Amazon generally has very good prices (it’s one of their three principles: price, selection, and service). I have noticed in the past that a Prime item might be higher than I would pay for it somewhere else…but the convenience of Prime make it worth it. In other words, if I’d pay the same price (counting shipping and handling) for something that is Prime versus something which isn’t Prime, I’d definitely going with Prime.

If you aren’t a Prime member, now is the time to sign up for the free month! That way, you’ll be a Prime member for Prime Day:

July 15th is “Prime Day”: will there be deals on Kindles?

That may be a veeeeerrrrryyyy interesting day, with lightning sales and day-long sales.

Oh, as to Fire HD6?

Yes, we own one now…it’s what we have as our “guest Kindle”, and has been used that way. I think our house guest really appreciated having a tablet to use.

If you can get one for fifty dollars, you could use it yourself…or tuck it away as a gift for later.

On the other hand, who knows what  opportunities we’ll have five days from now? 😉 Of course, Amazon does have a generous thirty-day return policy on Kindles/Fires. You could hypothetically take advantage of this low price, and then return it (paying return shipping, since it would be working as advertised) if there was a better deal on July 15th.

What do you think? Would it be okay to buy a Kindle, with the idea that you might return it if you could get a cheaper price? Is it okay for websites to the same item for different prices to different people? If so, what should the criteria be? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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