Amazon's Low-Cost Kindle Doesn't Add Up

Thursday Sep 29th 2011 by Mike Elgan
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The new Kindle's up-front cost is dirt cheap, but that doesn't mean you won’t pay -- big time -- on the back end. Mike Elgan explains the ka-ching in Amazon's payday.

The Internet is practically vibrating with the news of Amazon's new Kindle tablets and their fire-sale pricing. But Mike Elgan at Datamation feels a bit differently about that pricing structure, and points out that the price is bait to lure you into a long-term financial relationship with Amazon -- not that that's a bad thing, per se. But it's better to go into it with your eyes (rather than your wallet) wide open.

Read Mike's take on the situation and let us know what you think. And while you’re at it, is there a way for you to take a page from Amazon's pricing play book and adapt it to fit your business? Let us know in the comments below.


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wowed the book-buying, gadget-loving world by announcing a line of shockingly low-priced Kindle tablets.

The cheapest of the lot, the plain-vanilla Kindle, costs just $79! Other models also feature stunningly low prices: The Kindle Touch costs $99; the Kindle Touch 3G $149, and the “Cadillac” of the line, the Kindle Fire, costs only $199.

Read the complete article: Why There's No Such Thing as a Cheap Kindle

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