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Initial post: Jul 4, 2010 7:45:12 PM PDT
Do your company offers a military discount on the kindle?

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 9:28:34 PM PDT
Blue Goddess says:
Rene, this sounds like a question for Amazon. We here in the forum are customers, though someone might have asked this question and actually know the answer. But calling CS would probably be faster. I've never heard of a military discount on the kindle, but I know there is a program providing ebooks for those in the military. Once you get a kindle, post back here and you can get details.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 11:00:17 PM PDT
J. Seidel says:
Edward Patterson has organized a program of free downloads for service members. His discussion thread with all the contact info is in here. Use the "search customer discussions" box on the right side of the page and search for the words "armed forces."

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 11:38:56 PM PDT
S. weiler says:
Ya know, I might be stirring the pot unnecessarily but I get extremely annoyed most of the time when I see people ask for a military discount. My husband is active duty army (currently in Iraq) and it seems to me like 99% of the time, the people asking for military discount are spouses or family members. I don't know the number of times I have seen some one get huffy or pissy because they can't get a discount on things. Why does my husband being in Iraq entitle me to anything? For that matter, why should what he does for a living entitle me to anything?

I think the companies that give military discounts are great but I don't hold anything against the companies that choose not to or get upset when a company doesn't.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 2:25:09 AM PDT
Korlithiel says:
S. Weiler, I imagine so many get upset because they know their significant other is being paid federal minimum wage rather then state minimum wage which the local prices are based on.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 2:54:26 AM PDT
I'm military and I certainly appreciate discounts, but I certainly wouldn't get upset if there wasn't one.

The only thing that ever irks me is when a company won't ship to an FPO address. It's a US zip code and costs the same, but is only served by the USPS--so companies that have contracts with UPS or something will sometimes not ship. It also may require a customs form...which might disrupt normal mailing. I can understand it's their choice and all that, but it does irk me somewhat.

Amazon has always been awesome. Somehow, when one of the Harry Potters--I think it was Order of the Phoenix--was coming out, they managed to get it to me, via USPS, in Japan, via military shipping, on the same day everyone else got it.

In any case, there is a reshipper out there that if a company won't accept my mailing address, then I have it shipped to Iowa and then I pay the Iowa company to ship to me. Sucks to pay shipping twice, but that is part of the military overseas deal. So, when there is a company that offers a discount, I am VERY helps it work out by the end of the month, so to speak.

But, I also get annoyed when people act ENTITLED to a discount...that really bugs me. I don't think it's awful to ask about it, but please don't act like someone owes you a discount.

We do get paid, we have pretty decent medical coverage, we have life insurance, retirement plans, housing/housing allowances etc. Yup, drawbacks include problems building equity in a house, uprooting a non-military spouse from their career, moving the kids from school etc. It can be challenging--especially for the young families with a deployed service-member--that is hard--not to mention the very real threat of losing a loved one or having that loved one injured seriously. It is what we do though, so any gestures to make it easier are APPRECIATED. Thanks for all who support...


Posted on Jul 5, 2010 4:06:06 AM PDT
Jackie - you said it much more eloquently than I could. I'm also military and while I will take a discount when provided, I typically don't seek them out. In fact, even at places where I know there are discounts (i.e. home depot), I only do it if its a significant amount of money i'll be saving (i.e. $35+)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 5:32:03 AM PDT
Debi says:
God Bless all of you who are in and have families in the military. My Father was in the military when he died so I say that from my heart.

Unfortunately there are a lot of men and women who risk their lives for us every day. Firemen and police officers are first in my mind. While it would probably be great to get a discount, I'm not sure Amazon could pick and choose who would 'deserve' one.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 8:32:00 AM PDT
I am now a military spouse (and was in myself for 8 years) and have never sought out a military discount. While the military has it's problems and stressors, I really appreciate all the benefits we get (untaxed housing and food allowance, no healthcare copayments, retirement, etc). I guess I just feel fairly blessed with the lifestyle I have, and don't think I am entitled to a military discount.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 8:47:22 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2010 10:22:29 AM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Please just create a new discussion. Spamming all the open discussions is *really* annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2010 10:43:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2010 10:45:50 AM PDT
Tad Hamilton says:
Yup, this is a great idea. Stolen Kindles + original packing material = easier sale to the slightly suspicious.

Why do you need the box to give it to your friend? Just give it to her. Either you're scamming us, or you're scamming her trying to pass off your used as a new. Which is it?

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 11:11:47 AM PDT
smiles1961, Amazon will sell you a Kindle box for $189, and they throw in a free Kindle with it! :-)

Seriously, I agree with Tad; something smells fishy here. If you're legit, just give her the gift. Is your friend *really* so picky that she would refuse a free Kindle that came without a box?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:45:00 AM PST
K. Kline says:
While I understand your view, understand that one of two things is occurring here. First the company you are purchasing from is passing along its way of saying thank you for the sacrifices both you and your husband make, (yes you and your husband), second, many of these companies realize that the pay that soldiers make is far less than that of the private sector sometimes. So again it is a way of lightening a burden for so few who answer the call to serve its country and when the spouses are away remember that the family members are the ones home, not having someone pay for their meals, or doing their laundry etc. They are the ones left to fend for themselves and make ends meet. There is no shame or dishonor in asking for something that someone else is already offering. If you choose not to ask then that is your business and you are entitled to it but you should not hold it against others who are not abusing the system if it is already in place.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:56:03 AM PST
You're replying to a post made more than two years ago, you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:59:31 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
K, you realize I'm sure that you're responding to a discussion that is over 2 years old? The post before yours was from July, 2010.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 12:03:00 PM PST
Oh, this is an old thread to have been resurrected! (And it had been derailed by the end by some box-wanting spammer).

Since I posted to this last I can tell you that Kindles are sold in the Exchange system (at least they are overseas), they are about $5 less and sold without sales tax. On the other hand, there is currently a ban on shipping them overseas so the Exchange is the only source (though I may sneak to Gibraltar for one if I have need and the Exchange is sold out as they are currently).

On the third hand (I am lucky that way) the shipping ban may be lifted, per the rumor mill, in January. In that case I would save the gas and buy from Ammy directly.

Still, no taxes when buying from Ammy sales or use tax based on my zip code so to me that is a bit of a discount. I will miss that when we move back to the US! In the mean time, I'll continue to be happy with my lack of a state sales tax (my home state is quite specific that use tax is only to be collected on things that are delivered inside the state, and I haven't been there in 15+ years). A little quirk of the tax code that works in my favor, so I will consider THAT my 'military discount'.

Again, I am most appreciative when I find one, and though it's not 'wrong' to ask, it is wrong to feel entitled in my opinion. I didn't really think the OP was feeling entitled, just was asking.


Posted on Jul 21, 2013 8:56:42 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2013 9:02:04 PM PDT
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