Kindle WiFi sold out for Christmas, Kindle 3 available

The Kindle 3G is the only Kindle available in time for Christmas. The Kindle WiFi is experiencing 3 to 5 day delays, which means it is sold out for Christmas.

Thanks to Peter for the update.

Here’s what Amazon’s Kindle WiFi page says -

Expected to ship in 3 to 5 days.

Ordering for Christmas? Due to overwhelming customer demand, Kindle (Wi-Fi) is temporarily out of stock. Orders placed today will arrive after December 24th.

Order now to reserve your place in line. Our Kindle 3G for $189 is still available in time for Christmas.

Well, selling out around a week before Christmas isn’t terribly bad. It could have been much worse.

It does mean that people looking to buy Kindles will either have to buy the Kindle 3G, or they will have to patiently wait past Christmas to get their Kindle WiFi.

Was Kindle WiFi selling a lot more than Kindle 3G?

It seems plausible that Amazon was either producing more Kindle WiFis than Kindle 3s, or that it was producing equal quantities of both. If either was the case, it would mean Kindle WiFi was selling much faster than Kindle 3.

Given the $139 price of the Kindle WiFi, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that it was selling faster, that it sold out before the Kindle 3, and that it sold out a week before Christmas.

It makes Amazon’s decision, to limit Kindle sales to the US and UK, seem a smart one – If Kindle WiFi and/or Kindle 3 had sold out at the end of November, that would have meant more Nook WiFi sales and more Nook sales. It does, however, make you wonder why Amazon recently changed its limit on Kindle sales per person from 3 to 5. That must have contributed to the sell-out.

The Kindle 3, in both white and graphite variants, is very much in stock. Amazon states on the page that orders placed today will arrive on or before December 24th. That’s definitely your best option if you’re looking to buy a Kindle for Christmas.

9 Responses

  1. the battery is lasting only a few days in my kidle 3. why?

    • Are you using a Kindle Non-Lighted Cover?
      It might be due to battery leakage through the hinges. Check with customer service and they should be able to get you another cover. Might make sense to ask them to upgrade you to lighted cover for your troubles.

    • Also, turn off the wireless if you are not using it, especially if you have the 3G version.

  2. My local Best Buy and Target both have Kindles in stock…Wi-Fi—-3G and DX..
    So if Amazon.com is sold out check your local retailers.

  3. Hm, I didn’t see that this morning on Amazon. It probably came after?

    I received a $30 promo code this morning to purchase specifically Kindle 3G through Amazon/Visa. With that promo code and some credit I got by participating another Amazon promo on my account, I got my Kindle 3G for a little over $100.

    I placed an order this morning and it should arrive on Tuesday.

    To me, I’m planning to bring my Kindle to overseas in the future so wi-fi model didn’t sound so attractive from the get go. Most all, I got my 3G at lower price than getting the plain wi-fi model :-P

    I’m sooo excited to FINALLY have my own kindle!! :-)
    Thank you switch11 for helping me form my final decision on which e-reader to get.

    • You’re welcome. Hope you really enjoy it.

      That’s a really good price for Kindle. Could you let us know a little more on the promos? Is the $30 off for owning a Visa card issued by Amazon? What’s the other promo.

  4. In the UK, the situation is reversed with K WiFi OK for Christmas delivery but 3G not.

    As an aside, for the first time ever, I am now hearing of people I know who have Kindles or are getting them for Christmas. What is interesting is that, in such a small sample, there are now 5 devices. I did not ask the question but simply discovered this in various conversations so I expect the real figure to be much higher. If that is reflected around the country then Amazon’s big push in the UK looks like it could be a real success.

    • Wow, thanks for the update. It’s interesting Amazon was successful in UK despite all the surveys saying people wanted only books or preferred the iPad.

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