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Why can't I sell my Kindle Touch on Amazon?

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Initial post: Oct 16, 2012 5:57:34 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
Does anyone think it's strange that you can't sell a Kindle Touch on Amazon? As soon as I ordered my PaperWhite, I listed my Basic Kindle and sold it right away. My wife was thinking about selling her Touch to get a PaperWhite, but Amazon say the sale of that item is "restricted". What the heck does that mean? Yes, I know I can sell it on CraigsList, but selling on Amazon is so simple. Any theories?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:06:01 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Why not just call customer service and find out instead of asking us to guess...

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 6:09:55 AM PDT
same reason why they no longer sell kindle touch - they want people to buy their paperwhite instead of kindle touch

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:10:59 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
That should not matter with someone wanting to sell a used one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:14:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 6:16:25 AM PDT
Amazon doesn't want used kindle touch to become a competitor for paperwhite or other new line of products they sell. It's not about the seller, it's about the potential buyers.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 6:20:49 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
Well, I'm not asking anyone to guess, I just find it interesting and thought other Kindle "people" might also. As far as wanting us to buy PaperWhites, that doesn't make sense to me because you can still sell other Kindles on Amazon, I sold my basic for $60, which is only $9 less than a brand new one. I guess the working has be intrigued, "restricted" just sounds ominous, like I'm trying to sell child porn or something. With all the people complaining about the lack of TTS on the PaperWhite, I'd think the Touch would sell quickly.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:23:06 AM PDT
sell them at ebay. You would make more money if you are a top rated seller

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 6:29:25 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
You know, I have used eBay, but in the last few years, I've been very disappointed in the whole process. Years ago you could sell stuff, people would bid, and if you were lucky people would bid up and you could get a decent price. The last couple of times I've sole on eBay, the final bids were low, and any profit went to the fees. Selling on Amazon has been a much better experience. I just think it is interesting, since Amazon (at least Bezos) says that they want you to buy content, that's where Amazon makes money, so the more Kindles that sell, whoever sells them, the more content that Amazon can sell.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:32:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 6:36:48 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
If you just want to unload it you can use the buy-back program and get up to $32 in an Amazon gift certificate. To get the maximum amount you need all of the original packaging, and there are numerous reports of unhappy customers who've used this 3rd party vendor service. Here's the link:

ETA, I just checked and didn't go all the way through the process, but it looks like I could list a Kindle Touch on for sale if I had one. On the Kindle Touch product page there are "sell on Amazon" and "trade in here" buttons that are both active. Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 6:41:59 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
Thanks for the info, I'm not sure we're even going to sell it, we may just let our daughter have it. I was more interested in the fact that Amazon had "restricted" the sale of the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:46:59 AM PDT
Fuzzy says:
"I'm not asking anyone to guess"
Sure you are, you asked if anyone had "any theories".
I bet if you called Amazon Customer Service you would be able to get the correct information direct from the horses mouth so to speak.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 7:18:39 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
Okay, first I guess I was just interested to see if other people found it interesting. Second, no I really don't think customer service would just tell me. I'm pretty sure they'd say, "we don't have that information" or something along those lines. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not really interested in what the "official" answer is, I wanted to know if others thought there might be some reason that Amazon wouldn't actually admit to publicly, or if I'm the only one that finds this intriguing.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:20:49 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
And this all seems to be a moot question since it appears you can sell it on

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 7:28:13 AM PDT
gypsy1 says:
I guess you are correct, but for weeks you haven't been able to, so whatever reason, appears to no longer be valid. I guess there is no vast Amazon conspiracy after all.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:36:54 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
There never is.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:38:12 AM PDT
I can think of all kinds of people to give Kindles to, as/when/if I upgrade. I'm getting a PW, but I'm keeping my KK as a "loaner". You could also keep older Kindles just for samples, or just for certain genres of books.

Seasonal reading, perhaps. Or non-fiction, history. Just some ideas. I wouldn't get rid of mine; I'm sure I can find uses for each of them.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 8:10:50 AM PDT
Fuzzy says:
Keeping my K3 as a back-up, it still works fine and I figure I got my money's worth out of it. But after having my Paperwhite for a few weeks and enjoying the nice white screen the old K3 is pretty much a dinosaur. ☺

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 8:23:45 AM PDT
I sold mine on Amazon a couple weeks ago from here: Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:05:25 AM PDT
Having just received my Paperwhite, I did find your post interesting, because I planned to sell one of my two Kindle Touch readers through Amazon. I've never used eBay and it's my understanding that unless you're already an established seller on eBay, you don't get any bids. (How you get to be "established", as a beginner, is another question). Anyway, from A. Dietz's post, it sounds as if we can now sell our K Touch on Amazon, but thanks anyway for posting - I found it intriguing also.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 9:10:16 AM PDT
Sshhhhhhh!! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 10:58:47 AM PDT
Fuzzy says:
For selling on Ebay start small and work your way up. Be prepared to basically break even and even lose now and again until you learn the system and get your reputation built up. I started years ago selling individual magazines. I now only sell complete collections and sit back and smile as the bidding wars begin. I have never sold anything on Amazon therefore have no experience with how their system works.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:07:35 AM PDT
I would definitely recommend selling on Amazon. It costs nothing to list items and really the only way you can lose money is if you sell your item for less than the cost of shipping and the item costs more to ship than the shipping credit.

I sold my Kindle Touch on Amazon a couple weeks ago and after commission and shipping, I made $75.

I've been selling since college (I sold my used textbooks) and I've made some pretty good money. I even turned a profit on a textbook from one semester to another. If you ship promptly and your item is as you describe it, you should only get good ratings. I've got 8 ratings, all of which are 5 stars from my 50ish items sold.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:07:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 11:10:06 AM PDT
Jason says:
Actually, they do still sell the Certified Refurbished Kindle Touch 3G (ATT), Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers. If for some reason I am not happy with the Paperwhite (once I actually get one), I know I will be happy with the refurbished Kindle Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:45:54 AM PDT
Fuzzy says:
James, thanks, I will look into it for other items I have for sale.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 12:52:53 PM PDT
Actually, it cost nothing to list at eBay too provided that:
1. You list it in auction form or auction with Buy It Now but not fixed price
2. You don't list more than 50 items per month

You only pay if the item sells.

So anyone who want to sell their old Kindle at eBay could do so by just listing it as an auction at the lowest price they are willing to sell. If it sells, they will get the money. If not, they keep their Kindle and they pay nothing to eBay.
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