50% off Fire tablet accessories, a sale on Kids’ edition…and then there were 4

50% off Fire tablet accessories, a sale on Kids’ edition…and then there were 4

The

Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

has been a hit for Amazon. It’s the number one bestseller in electronics for the e-tailer.

Interestingly, though, Amazon now only shows four models of Fire tablet in the “family stripe” at the top of the page.

It makes some sense to me that they are consolidating the line.

An obvious question: could this mean new models are coming?

Perhaps…😉

These are the three others which are left:

Speaking of that kids’ edition, you can get $50 off a “two pack” with the code, KIDS2PACK. It says that’s for a limited time, but clicking on the link to “learn more” really didn’t tell me much.😉

Now, you might think they are just temporarily out of stock on, say, the 8.9″ HDX…but they are also having a big

50% off sale on Fire tablet accessories (at AmazonSmile*)

There are lots of great deals in there, especially on covers.

I really like the Origami cover on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (I’ll be sad when mine needs to be replaced…it’s been a great device for a long time, in gadget years!). They do have that one.

I don’t know how long that sale will last, but my intuition is that they are clearing out stock. That doesn’t mean that Amazon actually stores all these, but they may be wanting to take covers for those models off the main Amazon storefront, and they’ll move to the third-party vendor mode.

Enjoy!

Bonus deal: I didn’t want to do something just for Fire owners so here are

50 Kindle books for $2 each (at AmazonSmile*)

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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.

5 Responses to “50% off Fire tablet accessories, a sale on Kids’ edition…and then there were 4”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    The last time I checked (it was a while ago) the HDX models were NOT featured in the top stripe though they were still for sale.

    What else was removed from the stripe, and are the removed items still for sale just not highlighted?

    Amazon, about a week ago updated my 2014 HDX 8.9 to Fire OS 5.0 (Bellini) — so with that update, perhaps they ARE bringing sales of the HDX’s to a close (:grin).

    For the last few years, Amazon has confined itself to just one new product release event per year (in the fall).

    There have been a lot of inventory clearance-like discounts though — so who knows.

    This week is the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the run up to this event (and during the week) we are seeing a plethora of new phone & tablet announcements; and Apple has a major phone announcement scheduled for March 18th — so maybe Amazon wants to jump on the announcement bandwagon as well.

    We seem to be at a point of inflection in device innovation — the market is primed & waiting for some new directions.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      For quite a while, the Fire HDX 8.9 (4th generation) was in that family stripe. It is now a family with just one generation.🙂 That’s the fifth…and there are really three models of that (with the Kids’ edition being more of a different bundling than different hardware…when you look at the help page for which model you have

      Amazon help page (at AmazonSmile*)

      it doesn’t even appear as a separate entry.

      My daily use Kindle Fire 7″, by the way, is 3rd generation…and one of my favorite gadgets ever.🙂

      The 4th generation models are no longer available new from Amazon…except, as I check, for the 4th generation HD 6.

      I’m not sure if Amazon will stick with group announcements…it may make more sense for them to have basically one model (which might have flavors) or a brand new line, released every quarter or so. That may work better with the blogosphere and 24 hour news. Of course, having something trumpetable right before the holiday season makes sense.🙂

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        I think we are confusing the model classifications of the Fire tablets. To my mind there are two classes of Fires: the Fire HDX, and the Fire HD. The HDX class consists of two releases : in 2013 and 2014. The HDX tablets have far superior specs to those of the Fire HD’s released in 2015.

        I assume what you are calling 5th gen Fires are the 3 “flavors” of Fire HD’s announced in the fall of 2015. It is those 2015 Fires that appear in the stripe. However, (I just checked) the Fire HDX 2014 8.9″ is still for sale. I don’t see the 2014 version of the 7″ for sale, though. The 7″ Fire HDX (2013 version) IS still offered for sale, but with a notation of “previous generation”.

        IMO the Fire HDX’s (4th generation) are among the finest tablets made by anyone. The Fire HD’s (2015) are (save perhaps for their prices) lackluster..

        Industry wide tablet sales (including the iPad) are falling. 2-in-1’s seem to be the only category that is growing — so it’s hard for me to fathom what Amazon might do with their tablets and EBRs going forward — maybe just price reductions with few new features?

        I expect we’ll see more innovation on the Echo, Fire TV, and Dash button (although I don’t think I’ll ever buy one of those :grin) front.

        I’d also dearly love to see something totally new and unexpected😀 .

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Edward!

        I’m using Amazon’s designations…after all, they are their devices.🙂 Of course, I don’t always use their terms, because I can find them to be confusing.

        They list them here:

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeId=201263780&tag=bufosweirdworld&linkId=43V2543D2HPNRHP7

        For your two classes, are you putting the $49.99 as an HD? I wouldn’t call it that…it’s not exactly high definition.

        If we are looking at lines, I’d say there are three:

        Fire tablet: there was one in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th generations
        Fire HD: they’ve been in every generation except the 1st (which was just the Fire)
        Fire HDX: 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations

        I really like my 3rd generation Fire HDX…it just doesn’t have the rear-facing camera…

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        To pick a nit (:grin), if you go to your referenced list the HDX only came in the 3rd & 4th generations. As your referenced list makes clear there is no 5th generation HDX (though they are still selling both 3rd & 4th gen HDXs).

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