Kindle with Special Offers?

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Kindle with Special Offers?
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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 2:04pm

Do any of you have any first-hand experience with the Kindle with special offers? I'm really torn about whether or not to buy this one, or pay the extra to have no special offers.

Normally, I'd never buy something with built-in "pop-up" ads, but I've been waiting a really long time, and I'm getting impatient. I just wonder how intrusive the special offers are, and if its really worth the extra $40 to avoid them.

Any thoughts?

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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 3:09pm

I don't have first hand experience but my son's mother-in-law just ordered a Kindle with special offers for her daughter for Christmas. According to what she told me... and I just checked it out on the Amazon site, the offers display on the Kindle's screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen—they don't interrupt reading.

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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 3:24pm

Have a non-special offers kindle...but now they have an opt in to SO on the manage your kindle page...if you want to...I did and you just get the screen saver and a small ad at the bottom of home page....So far no good offers....hope they get better...


 


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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 5:54am
I don't have one but I know they do not show up in books while reading. As mentioned, they appear at the bottom of the home page and on the screen saver. Also, they are not always just "ads", they are often genuinely special offers and deals to save on products available at Amazon. Some people love them. If you go to: http://blog.booksontheknob.org/ - scroll down a little on the right where it says "Kindle Special Offer End Dates" you can see a list of the current offers available.

Also, there is an option to opt-out of the special offers after you buy the device. Of course, you have to pay the difference to opt-out, it's not free. But I assume you've been saving up for a Kindle so you could just continue to save up the remaining cost difference if you want to opt-out later.
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 8:50am

Hmmm, I guess that's the one I have -- it was a gift. I don't find the ads to be a distraction at all. As others noted, they only appear on the screensavers or as banner ads on the bottom of the home page. They're not "pop-up" type ads (which I absolutely LOATHE on websites) so they don't just pop up out of nowhere, LOL. I don't mind them at all. I love my Kindle and would highly recommend it to anyone!

girl in chair
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 8:52am

Ruth, I'm curious -- is there any incentive for you to opt in for the special offers? Do you get a rebate or something?

girl in chair
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 9:12am
bgs3 wrote:

Ruth, I'm curious -- is there any incentive for you to opt in for the special offers? Do you get a rebate or something?


 


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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 12:53pm

I subscribed too, at least for the holiday season. A number of my friends and family are getting Kindles for Christmas, so I wanted to keep an eye out on special offers. I think a while back, there was a good sale on Kindle covers and accessories; those would make excellent gifts and it might just save me a little money! LOL

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Fri, 12-02-2011 - 9:22am

Thank you all for your input! I won't be purchasing my Kindle until after Christmas, but after what you've said, I think I'll save some money and get the one with special offers.