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Initial post: Apr 4, 2013 12:58:42 AM PDT

I'm planning on buying a Kindle Fire HD 8.9" from a craiglist listing tomorrow (don't need any lectures on this). It is barely used, and still in box, for 230. Curious if there are any good tests to run on it if it is all good and working, while I check it out at the local Starbucks.

I already plan on connecting to wifi (either public wifi or a local tether from the phone) and logging into amazon with my account and seeing if I can register it (if it is not already registered).

Anything else I can do? Look for software updates? Download an app? Any ideas?

I have looked at some other discussions and seen some ideas, as described above. It is LNIB (like new in box) so it should be legit. Also it still has the special offers on.

This is my first tablet, however I have experience with a wide variety of electronics.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you! I can't wait to have a Kindle, if all goes well.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013 1:40:13 AM PDT
Patrick - Before you hand over your money, I'd get the serial number off of the box and contact customer support to make sure it hasn't been reported lost or stolen. If it has, you'll never be able to register it.

Click on this link and fill in the information.
You may have to sign in. I would use the PHONE or CHAT options.
Do NOT use e-Mail.
CALL ME under the PHONE tab is great if available.
They will call you within minutes.

To call them:
U.S. and Canada: 1-866-216-1072
Spanish Support: 1-866-749-7538
International: 1-206-266-2992

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 2:16:30 AM PDT
I agree with Pineapple's recommended check, but I personally would also ask to see the receipt, and check the name on the receipt against the ID of the person selling it to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013 4:02:35 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Keep in mind that for 40 dollars more you can get a brand new one that comes with a warranty. I certainly would have used that when bargaining the price.

Get a bill,of sale. In case it is stolen you can present proof that you didn't steal it, so you would only be out the money - not in jail.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 9:17:59 PM PDT
Sarida says:

Off to buy something from Craigslist and didn't return?

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 11:45:39 AM PDT
You can get a certified refurbished Fire HD 8.9 for 239 on this site. That is 9 bucks more than the CL ad, but it will have a 1-year warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 11:46:54 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Not even close to being funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 2:15:38 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I wasn't being funny! It has been the #1 frustration for me on this message board that someone will ask a question, get five to ten answers with solutions, but never bother to return or respond.

My husband has bought and sold off of Craigslist, and it was never comfortable for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 4:13:10 AM PDT
B. Carter says:
I don't see any answers to the OP. Responses, yes. Answers, no. Read the very first sentence.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 6:13:59 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
And just what answers were they supposed to give?? I don't see anything that could have been done that the OP was not doing. But buying off of Craigslist should be handled with extreme care. Let me give you an example of something that could happen.

A person leaves their home for an extended weekend and someone breaks in and steals their things including Kindles. The thief puts the Kindle up for sale on Craigslist and meets a would be buyer. The buyer tests the Kindle and it works fine and registers to their account. The person who owns the Kindle comes home and finds their home broken into and contacts the police and Amazon. The Kindle then gets put on a ban list and the buyer is out the money and may have to deal with the police.

Not worth it in my opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 6:46:37 AM PDT
B. Carter says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 6:50:16 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
I think, that once the device was registered to the new owner, it is too late to do anything about it. That is why it is important to notify Amazon as soon as it goes missing.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 7:03:10 AM PDT
Beth says:
But as has been mentioned many times before-posting on public boards means you have no control over what responses you get. And just because the OP thinks he knows all the pitfalls does not mean he can not learn something new.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 7:52:21 AM PDT
While he may be aware of dealing on Craigslist, he did not know the pecularities with kindle.
He could have purchased one with a warranty for $9 more or used that info to negotiate price.

Your opinion of what he may find useful is really just a judgment on the responses.
You are free to post as is everyone else.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2013 4:10:23 PM PDT
Sarida says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 12:01:32 AM PST
I see one person has forum experience, reading comprehension, reason, and possibly some stack exchange rep. +1ed

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 12:02:01 AM PST

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 4:47:09 PM PDT
I'd be careful. I was a victim of this. I bought a kindle on Craigslist and it was blacklisted. Fortunately the seller is willing to take it back and refund my money (she bought it from someone on Craigslist too and never registered it.) . For sure check the serial number, ask for receipts and ID. I had to deal with police reports and the like. Not fun. If you can verify all of that information, great! You got a bargain!
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