Amazon considering giving a free Kindle to all Prime subscribers

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by jaw04005, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003

    Wow, ballsy. I’m a Prime member and I would probably just sell the free Kindle on eBay. :D
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Interesting. I had not heard of the freebies in January. I make numerous purchases a month and I'm a prime member. Perhaps this will come true but it seems like BS.
  3. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Give me one. I'll sell it. :D

    I don't see it happening. Even if it did, I don't see it working.

    Given a choice between a multi-purpose device like the iPad and a single purpose device line the Kindle, most would opt for the iPad.
  4. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The way I could see it working in the long term, possibly, is if eBooks really take off, the price of the hardware is eventually going to go way down and/or become subsidized, much in the same way that, in principle, people who don't care about handset features can get a "free phone" from any major cell carrier in the US pretty much whenever they want. Now you and I wouldn't touch that free phone to call 911 because we found R. Kelly trapped in our closet, but....

    In that same vein, I would guess that if eBooks really finally work, in the sense that the vast majority of book sales switch over someday, by then, I would expect the device cost to be minimal, either through some kind of subsidy or just through economizing the device itself.

    But I see giving everyone who has Prime a free $260 Kindle basically eliminating Kindle sales, unless they did it in some devious way that prevented people from getting Prime just to get Kindles.
  6. thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Prime is not exactly free. I believe it’s $79.99 per year.

    Just a guess, but I would imagine you would have to be a Prime member for so many years, purchase so many things per month, etc.

    I think there is a larger markup on the Kindle than we know. If Apple can make an iPad for less than $250, Amazon should be able to make a Kindle for less than $150.

    On the other hand, I believe Amazon has admitted that Prime is not really a money maker for them.

    Prime kind of reminds me of the days of the dot com bubble where you could order a shiny new iMac DV (weighing 50 lbs) from at 10 p.m. and have it delivered to your door the next morning at 10 a.m. with free overnight shipping. It’s just magical. :D
  7. macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    So with this news out, what's stopping everyone and their brother from signing up for Prime and getting a free Kindle? I think if it was happening, it's not now. Or they're going to require you to have been a Prime member for a long time.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    DO IT!!!!

    Man, best $80 i ever spent if this comes true. Depending on what selection of books they have, i might actually use it to read books.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Saw this on Gizmodo from Techcrunch. This would be pretty sweet. I 'accidentally' got Amazon Prime when I signed up for a month trial last summer and forgot to uncheck the auto-renew box.

    Still trying to figure out how I didn't notice $79.00 missing from my account :confused:

    Needless to say, it's been entirely worth it. A free Kindle would be pretty sweet too :rolleyes:
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    free kindle would be awesome...
    i am sure they'll cover their costs in 3-4 years if they are taking $80 per year will be a good reason for more people to take the membership...

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