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Initial post: May 2, 2012 7:20:31 PM PDT
=Target ditches Amazon Kindles from its shelves=
http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/02/technology/target-kindle/

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 7:34:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2012 7:36:09 PM PDT
Scott says:
Given such a low profit margin (if any?) on Kindles, I'm surprised they ever sold them to begin with. I would be really interested to know how much Amazon was selling them to Target for. I wonder if it's also possible if Kindle was selling them to Target at a loss in order to increase sales and branding, and if Amazon is the one that cancelled the sales. May 13 is just a few days over 6 months, so it's possible they had a contractual agreement in place with Amazon that is expiring.

Edit: Scratch everything I said, the Verge article that is linked in that story says "conflict of interest," I'm guessing due to the iPad.

Posted on May 2, 2012 8:59:30 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
I'm going to guess that either B&N or Apple (and my money is on Apple) is offering Target a deal they can't refuse on their device if they would ditch the Kindle. My finger at Apple is a suspicion of sour grapes there after Amazon dropped eBook prices the very morning after the DoJ action. If there winds up being a big dookeroo between Amazon and Apple, it will be fun to watch. I'll bet on Amazon. Apple has more cash, but Amazon has better brains in management, and plenty of money themselves to weather any Apple temper fits.

And if there IS an under the table deal to move Kindles out of Target in favor of pricing on another device, that could well be actionable too, depending on the specifics of the deal.

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:25:23 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
I think we are in the midst of a sea change here. The Microsoft Nook investment with B&N, all out war between Apple and Android, Apple and Amazon, Google becomming the Dark Lord, the instability of brick and mortar retailers, the certain implosion of Blackberry, etc. Things are heating up.

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:39:59 AM PDT
Brent Butler says:
You forgot cats and dogs living together! LOL

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:43:37 AM PDT
A thread on this topic in another forum (either VGF or GBF, cant remember), stated that the Kindle Fire would be sold for $139 with accessories in an effort to clear their inventory. From what i have seen so far though, that claim hasnt been substantiated (although i really havent delved that deeply into the topic yet).

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:53:02 AM PDT
Brent Butler says:
I think the article mentioned discounting the inventory by 30%, so that would jive with the price you report, Peter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 8:55:02 AM PDT
Thanks Brent. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 9:08:39 AM PDT
The Fire was the DOTD yesterday at $139. All of the Lightning Deals were accessories.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 11:09:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 11:10:26 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
PF, They are selling reconditioned Fires for $139 now. The new Fire2 should be coming out not too long from now.
ETA: What she said.

Posted on May 3, 2012 11:13:19 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
The Fire2 may be a series of several models. The high end model is rumored to be around 9" and have a high res screen. Hopefully most of the current Fire's bugs will be worked out with the Fire2.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 11:46:39 AM PDT
Actually a reply to you and hummingbirder. :)

I know, i bought one yesterday, along with a pair of accessories, lol. I was really talking about Target selling theirs new at a discounted rate now, which i found about after ordered the refurb (although, i was still happy to purchase the refurb).

Posted on May 3, 2012 3:08:39 PM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
I complain about it because it does have its problems but I use it every day. You need a case for it. You don't need a screen protector because the Gorilla glass is awesome. I find using a capacitive stylus to tap out words helpful. You can't beat the price! Right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 3:11:51 PM PDT
I agree. Seemed like a great price. Taking your advice regarding a screen protector.

Posted on May 3, 2012 3:16:44 PM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
Unless you think you are going to get cooking gunk on the screen and want to protect it from that. There are lots of cooking apps available.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 3:18:53 PM PDT
Nah. I'll be careful with it. Thanks. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 6:33:19 AM PDT
Sheila (NJ) says:
I was so tempted to buy one for that price even though I already have the Thrive. I figured I could use it to keep my kids away from my toy. In the end I figured my husband would think I'm nuts for buying more tech. I'm interested in hearing how you like it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 8:20:38 AM PDT
I will keep you posted. I will still end up buying the 32GB Thrive sometime soon also though. Then my girlfriend and I can rock scissors paper lizard spock over the coolest of the two.

Posted on May 4, 2012 9:33:32 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
So, early this morning, the Kindle Fire programmers sent out an instant software update which appeared on my Fire as soon as I turned it on. It appeared to be a fairly significant update as it took a longer than average time to download. The device rebooted several times and then it was back on. Curious (and somewhat excited) to see what this "improvement" might be, I started searching. All I could find was that the System Version which had been 6.3 was now 6.3.1. That was it, no notes, no explanation of any kind.

I went on the Kindle Help forum and discovered that the update provided all sorts of parental controls....but where were the instructions, release notes? As I started reading the thread I discovered that many, many Fire owners were suddenly locked out of their devices which post-update, demanded a non-existent parental control password in order to access the web and use various features. Apparently, in some cases, the update turned on the Parental Control feature in addition to updating it. Luckily, my Fire has not been affected.

There has been no further statement from Keven G. the Community Manager, just frantic attempts from the various volunteer Kindle Forum Pros to keep the angry mob quiet. Amazon has sold millions of Fires and you can imagine how many owners are waving pitchforks on the Kindle Help forum as I write this.

Welcome to your Fire, Peter!

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 10:51:30 AM PDT
Thank you. As i always say (starting now), this is the exact perfect moment for calamity. It will be exciting!

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 11:04:55 AM PDT
Dick Johnson says:
Wandrwoman, try here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-6?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200790620&qid=1336067961&sr=1-6

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 11:43:26 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
Dick,
Yes, after posting here I did find that had been posted however it sure wasn't when I looked for it earlier. You'd think they would make that link prominent on the Kindle Help Forum or even directly in a message on the Fire! It sure would have been helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 1:24:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 1:58:07 PM PDT
federname says:
> So, early this morning, the Kindle Fire programmers sent out an instant
> software update which appeared on my Fire as soon as I turned it on.

If you're able to configure the Fire to require manual approval of update installation, you might want to wait a day or two after an update is released to see if the villagers form torch-bearing mobs. Let other Fire owners be your beta testers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 2:30:44 PM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
Excellent advice, fed.
I'm going to look into the settings tonight. My Fire wasn't affected, luckily.
Why don't they send out an advance warning or an explanation of what the new update will include? Doesn't seem that complicated, it's not as if they don't know how to reach us.
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