Black Friday Alert: $89 Kindle 2


If you've been waiting for a sub-$100 e-reader, the wait is over Friday.

Amazon announced on its Facebook page that it will be selling the second-generation Kindle 2 for $89 on Friday. The offer is one of Amazon's "lightning deals," which begin at 9 a.m. PST on Friday. Lightning deals sell in limited quantities, so you'll need to be ready to buy as soon as the $89 Kindle 2 becomes available.

Full story at PC World


Express your suupport of closed-source, DRM-heavy proprietary Yay?

Plenty of people wanted one. They sold out instantly. There was a waitlist feature and that was grayed out without 1 second. I was at Amazon watching the counter tick down until the sale opened and I still did not get one.

Given "plenty of people" above and the instant sellout, one might suggest--particularly given Amazon's continuing lack of any actual sales figures for Kindles--that they had half a dozen of them sitting around and, of course, Instantly Sold Out.

They didnt have 12. Thousands of people were waiting for this sale to open. I am very confident they had at least a 1000 and I bet they had between 2000-4000 available. They had a Kindle 2 sale on Woot awhile back and they did show how many they sold and they sold over 4000 in a couple hours.

Today is Black Friday (AKA crazy shopping day) and I would be willing to bet that there were 6000 - 10000 people across the country watching that counter tick down for the sale to open.

You may be very confident (whoever you are) that Amazon had a thousand. You may be right. But, you know, there's no way to tell. Unless you actually work for Amazon, you're guessing just as much as I am. I know for certain that lots of physical stores advertise Black Friday specials that are only available in single digits, sometimes very low single digits; I have no reason to assume that's never true for online stores.

What a waste of hard earned money. Gadgets that's all it is. Kindle 2 now ... kindle 3 and 4 in the future. Let's chuck Kindle 2 and get the latest Kindle. Consumerism at its best.

Gadget definition- A gadget is a small technological object (such as a device or an appliance) that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty. Gadgets are invariably considered to be more unusually or cleverly designed than normal technological objects at the time of their invention.

Def number two: a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

How would a paper book not be a gadget?

No one is requiring anyone to buy a Kindle or any other gadget. There are many people that are reading way more books because they have this gadget. This gadget also turns 200,000 plus books into large print books for people that need larger text.

What is up with the consumerism line? When you buy a paper book are you not a consumer?

it's the 3G that I'd want to play with... don't care much for the Kindle books, but I'd love to play with the other toys...

Even if Kindle 2 were given for free, I wouldn't want it. I much prefer the physical book. As someone once so eloquently put it "Books are a version of quiet. Books are islands away from media. " I wholeheartedly agree with her.

Books aren't media? What a crock. Please attribute this quote so I can know who the idiot was.

Stupid as that quote is, it's akin to something I've heard many, many times from Media Industry Gurus--that (all) media content is just wrapping around ads. Which means that not only aren't books media, neither are CDs. Yes, I think there are lots of people, who should know better, who only regard the ad-supported mass media as being media at all.

Black Friday 2010 did not turn out as expected for some Kindle shoppers. Ereader fans have been longing for a Black Friday Kindle deal, either because they wanted to ugrade from a previous generation Kindle or they are just shopping online for a good deal.

Read more at Suite101: Black Friday Shoppers Angry as Amazon Kindle Sells Out in Seconds

>>>>either because they wanted to ugrade from a previous generation Kindle

They could only be upgrading from a Kindle 1 because what was for sale was the Kindle 2.

You should have seen the anger when Amazon decided to do a Black Friday Lightening sale Monday-Friday in the UK last week.
Not sold out within seconds, but instantly.
And some of us did have an idea of how many items were for sale as a spreadsheet was leaked/given with the majority of the products they were going to sell, the pre-sale price, the sale price and the number of each item. Wasn't a great deal of most of them. Not for over a week 7-9 (3-9 on the last day)

I know it's a loss leader but I was surprised not to see some Kindles on the UK deal.

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