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Does my Kindle 5th gen which was gifted to me by someone who bought it at a local retailer have special offers, although it doesn't have any special offer labeling?


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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 6:49:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 6:54:57 PM PST
gz says:
I was recently given a basic Kindle 5th gen. It looks to be purchased from a retail store since it doesn't have the thick cardboard packaging and shipping label on back, and instead has the glossy paperboard with images on it. Nowhere is it labeled with "Special Offers". Does anyone know if I can somehow tell if it does have special offers without opening the packaging (and without having to contact the gifter)? I contacted Amazon and they said the couldn't tell without actually registering the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 6:51:31 PM PST
MikeJW says:
Well, if Amazon does not know without you registering it, how do you expect Amazon customers to know? Sheesh!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 6:54:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 6:57:03 PM PST
J. Gatie says:
You do know Special Offers can be turned off for a fee, right? Open it, register it, and if it is a SO and you don't want special offers, go to Manage Your Kindle and pay to turn them off. the price to turn them off is the same as the difference in purchase price.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 6:56:04 PM PST
gz says:
I was thinking of giving it to a friend and just wanted to know if it's possible to tell from the packaging without registering it, or if all retail versions are special offer versions or vice versa.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 6:56:39 PM PST
Actually, there almost has to be some indication on the box or the store wouldn't know which one they're selling.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 7:06:06 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
You might go to Best Buy's or Staples' site, search for "Kindle," find the one that matches yours according to the SKU (assuming the SKU is listed on the retail package) and see how it's listed.

PS - It will say either "4th Generation" or just "Kindle." The 5th was the Touch, although the "generation" terminology gets a little fuzzy at that point.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:13:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 7:14:21 PM PST
gz says:
Thanks for helping me where even Amazon couldn't. Looks like that was the way to go. I matched up the UPC with Best Buy's website and looks like it has the special offers. I actually don't see a non-special offers version being offered on either Best Buy's or Staples' websites, so maybe Amazon figures you can just pay to remove the special offers at your discretion, thus requiring only one SKU to sell. And to clarify, I have the $69 Kindle.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:48:45 PM PST
B. P. Manuel says:
I have the basic $69 Kindle with the Special Offers. These show up on the screensaver only and in no way have they diminished my reading experience. I think the recipient of you gift would not mind them at all - and they should absolutely love this Kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 9:51:29 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Glad that worked for you. For a long time the "generations" followed the firmware versions -- the 2nd generation ran version 2.x, the Keyboard ("Kindle 3") was version 3.x, and the Basic runs 4.x. The Kindle Touch was Version 5.x and the original Fire had 6.x. The Fire HD and Fire2 are 7.x. But then the PaperWhite came out for which the latest version is 5.3.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:55:59 PM PST
John D says:
It's also true that the lucky recipient can also pay the small fee to disable ads, if desired. If you want to help with it, you can give an appropriately-sized gift certificate, which the recipient could use for that purpose, or to buy books, or whatever.

Hey, see how easy it is for me to suggest that YOU spend money? ;)
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