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Initial post: Nov 19, 2013 11:12:32 AM PST
Emanon says:
I'm wondering just how special am I. How many others received this offer. Why or why not you are agreeing to this offer? I'm thinking that could send it to my daughter away at college.

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 11:17:23 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
Wow cool offer.

Now any Kindle can be returned within 30 days for a full refund no questions asked. The difference here I guess is that you do not have to put up the money until after the 30 days has passed while without the offer you would have to pay up front and get a refund within 30 daysif you wanted to return it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 11:51:39 AM PST
Niiice. Now I'm curious to see if I got offered one. (Fire's at home.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 12:14:24 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
I am curious, however, if Amazon and/or the credit card company will put a hold on the credit card for the purchase price during that 30 day period...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 12:56:51 PM PST
Jason says:
You would also normally have to pay the return shipping, usually deducted from your refund.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 1:00:42 PM PST
Jason says:
Very creative on the part of Amazon. They put a unit in your hands, with no up-front out of pocket cost to you. Human nature says that once you have it, you are MUCH more likely to keep it. Amazon is hoping you will fall in love with it and not want to let it go.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:01:06 PM PST
Have you heard of this before? It doesn't feel quite right to me. You have 30 days to try it anyway. In fact, right now, you have much longer than that. Am I just being paranoid?

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 1:06:00 PM PST
Wondering says:
I agree with M. Francis. I'm assuming this offer arrived via email, and I'm thinking this sounds more like a phishing scam than a legitimate offer from Amazon. For that reason, I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 1:07:30 PM PST
TuxGirl says:
I would be cautious. Don't click any links on the email unless you happen to be skilled in computer security and know how to do it. Actually, I'd probably start by contacting customer service and asking if its real.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:07:53 PM PST
It could be just a great marketing idea for those determined to be in the market for a tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:10:58 PM PST
Oh, it could. It could just as easily be phishing. As TuxGirl says, I'd be making some calls before clicking anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:12:03 PM PST
Or simply forget and allow the time to elapse. "Yours, now. Thanks for your payment."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:14:43 PM PST
"To claim your 30 day free trial, click the "Start your free trial" button below."

This is a HUGE red flag. As a general rule, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER click a button from an unsolicited email. NEVER.

If I were you, I'd call Amazon Customer Service and get independent confirmation that this is real before doing anything with that email. It could be real... but...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 1:25:51 PM PST
First thing I'd do, before even calling CS, is to mouse over (making sure my fingers aren't on the buttons so I can't click accidentally) that "start free trial" button. Look down the bottom of your email window. It should show the URL you'd be jumping to. If it begins with anything other than a legitimate Amazon domain name, it's a scam.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 2:00:28 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
It's the first I've heard of it, M. Unless I can find a reference to it elsewhere, the little red flag goes up considering the number of scammers that crawl out of the woodwork before the holidays to try to latch onto people's credit card information.

I'm going to dig around and see what I can find...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 2:05:38 PM PST
As Erich says, the "click here" makes me very uncomfortable...................

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 2:08:41 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Okay, I've only seen one reference to this online anywhere, from something called the TabTimes (which I've never even heard of... not like TechCrunch, et al):

And they are citing the source document from yet another site I've never heard of (PocketLint), though admittedly I don't know every website on the internet:

So, I would be cautious unless I had the opportunity to receive and inspect one of those emails personally.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 2:27:37 PM PST
Emanon says:
The email looks very legitimate complete with a reference number and the look and feel of emails I get from Amazon. I called Amazon at (888) 280-3321 and asked if the offer was legitimate. Drum Roll Please! She said yes! I have until midnight 11/27 to order. Now I'm a still a little skeptical because she initially said NO. She placed me on hold. She came back and said she had received a memo but had not read it. She apologized and said " what a freakin' awesome offer". I will call later and see what happens.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 2:32:32 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Okay everyone... I just emailed one of the Amazon moderators, and here is her response:

Hi Tinker-bella - I can confirm that this is a legitimate promotional offer from
us. The promotion was offered by invitation only to a limited group of
customers, and is valid only for the e-mail addresses to which it was sent.
Thanks for looking out!

- Abigail

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 2:33:45 PM PST
Well, all righty then! Go for it!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 2:54:02 PM PST
Sob. I didn't get one.

Now I feel rejected :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 3:09:48 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
I didn't either.

Not that it really matters, I suppose, since essentially it still works out the same. Pay up front, or pay after 30 days, if one elects to keep it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 3:10:55 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
I see the DVF has finally arrived. Must be working the swing shift today or something...

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 3:16:20 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I'm guessing this offer is going to Amazon customers with accounts in good standing with no Kindles registered to them. Any data?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 4:09:21 PM PST
My guess is it was going to people with college age children but I didn't get one. So maybe an account that has purchased for teenagers without a Fire on their account.
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