Refurbished Kindle DX at $299

In the wake of the release of the new Kindle DX 2 at $379 Amazon have dropped the price of the refurbished Kindle DX to $299.

It’s certainly worth considering since for $80 less you get pretty much the same features with the exception of the improved screen contrast of the new Kindle DX 2.

Refurbished Kindle DX vs Kindle DX 2

Here are the differences between the two –

  1. The new Kindle DX 2 has 50% better screen contrast. It also comes in Graphite casing which helps – The screen of the Kindle DX 2 contrasts very nicely with the graphite casing and that in turn helps the dark text stand out even better. The combination of better screen contrast and the graphite casing results in great readability and is the important (and only) improvement in the new Kindle DX 2.
  2. The new Kindle DX 2 is new while the refurbished Kindle DX is, well, refurbished. 
  3. The refurbished Kindle DX is $80 cheaper which is quite significant.

Those are the major differences. Both of them get all the Kindle Store and Kindle eco-system benefits. They’ll also probably have the same software features. Additionally, both of them will have Free Global Wireless.

Personally, the screen contrast and the effect of the graphite casing seems worth the extra $80 though you could get a $10 to $15 dark colored skin to go with the white refurbished Kindle DX and get some of the benefit of having a graphite casing.

Refurbished Kindle DX vs Refurbished Kindle DX US

This is a much more interesting comparison since they are both refurbished and the price difference is just $50.   

  1. The Refurbished Kindle DX US is just $249 which is $50 cheaper.  
  2. The Refurbished Kindle DX Global gets free 3G wireless outside the US and runs on AT&T while the refurbished Kindle DX US only gets free wireless inside the US and works on Sprint.
  3. The refurbished Kindle DX has improvements in the screen and in the speed of refreshes – it does have better screen contrast than the US version. The software upgrades have made the refurbished Kindle DX US faster but it’ll probably still be slower than the Global version.

In most other ways they are the same. They both get the Kindle Store and get to share their books with Kindle Apps and with Kindles and with each other. They also have the same 9.7″ eInk screen.

With the new Kindle DX 2 at $379, the $249 refurbished Kindle DX US, and the $299 refurbished Kindle DX there are now a multitude of choices – You have to wonder when the Kindle DX Global will drop from its current $379 price.

Refurbished Kindle DX US at $249 again

Last time the Refurbished Kindle DX US was at $249 for only a few hours before it was re-priced to $349. Get yours soon if you’re interested – it seems to only ship to US addresses.

Kindle DX 2 Vs Refurbished Kindle DX US – The Differences

Here are the main differences between the two –

  1. Refurbished Kindle DX US is at $249 (for the moment) while the new Kindle DX 2 is at $379. That’s a $130 price difference.  
  2. The refurbished Kindle DX US is not brand new.
  3. The Kindle DX 2 will have much better screen contrast and be more responsive. The Kindle DX Global had better screen contrast than the Kindle DX US and the Kindle DX 2 has 50% better contrast than the Kindle DX Global so there should be a significant difference between the Kindle DX 2 and the refurbished Kindle DX US.
  4. Refurbished Kindle DX US  uses Sprint’s network while the kindle dx 2 uses AT&T.
  5. Kindle DX 2 has global free 3G while Refurbished Kindle DX US only has free 3G wireless in the USA – Outside the US you will have to browse the Kindle Store on your PC and download books to PC and then transfer to your refurbished kindle dx US.

A $130 price difference is sizeable and the difference in screen contrast will be sizeable too. It’s a pretty tough decision.

Refurbished Kindle DX US Vs Kindle DX 2 – The Similarities

You get most of the Kindle value proposition with both –  

  1. Access to the Kindle eco-system, the Kindle Store, and all the Kindle Apps and features. 
  2. They both have a great, large 9.7″ eInk screen – with the qualifier that the Kindle DX 2 will have much better screen contrast and probably faster screen refreshes.
  3. Free wireless downloads, free wireless store browsing, and Free Internet Access in the US.
  4. They both get all the Kindle 2.5 features like Folders, supersized fonts, social features, and password protection.
  5. They both have decent PDF support with pan and zoom and show PDFs correctly with great support for showing tables and illustrations and formatting correctly. Notes and highlights and text to speech in PDFs is not supported. You can convert PDFs to Kindle format to get these features.  
  6. Lots of great features like Read To Me (sometimes Publishers disable this for their books), built-in dictionary, Search, and support for background music and audiobooks.
  7. They both get the software improvements Amazon has made since the launch of the Kindle DX.
  8. They both come with a 1 year limited Amazon warranty and a 30 day return policy. You can buy an extended 2 year warranty for both.
  9. No computer required when in the US. Outside the US you need a computer to add more books to the refurbished kindle dx US though you can use the new Kindle DX 2 without a computer.

Overall the refurbished Kindle DX US is a great value if the screen contrast is enough for you and you don’t travel outside the US much.

Refurbished Kindle DX US drops to $249, back to $349

Update – Price is up to $349.

The Refurbished Kindle DX US is now just $249. This is a super impressive price.

Update: Amazon doesn’t seem to be willing to ship this to Canada or UK so it might be a US only deal.

It also brings up a lot of questions –

  1. How can they afford to sell it for just $249?
  2. Did they have a lot of stock left over from 2009?
  3. Did the Kindle DX not sell much last year? Or is it that there were a lot of returns last year.
  4. How can they have enough Kindle DXes to sell given new US ones are no longer being sold and presumably there are little to no returns.
  5. What does this do to the used Kindle DX market?
  6. Will the refurbished Kindle DX global edition also see a price drop from $369? 
  7. What about the Kindle DX itself – Why is it still at $489?
  8. Why is this limited to the US?
  9. Why the huge drop from $349 (or was it $329) to $249?

It’s amazing to think that a few days ago you had to pay $259 for a Kindle 2 and today you can get a refurbished Kindle DX US for just $249.

$249 Refurbished Kindle DX US strongly hints at Kindle DX 2 being around the corner

There’s no way to rationalize a half-price refurbished Kindle DX. Yes, it’s the US version – but if you don’t travel much that’s not an issue. Also, it isn’t that hard to download books via PC if travelling internationally.

Amazon are probably clearing out their stock of the Kindle DX US . They are probably also trying out different prices to figure out the price at which they can sell their existing stock of Kindle DXes (both US and Global). We might soon see the refurbished Kindle DX Global at lower prices. 

What possible need would there be to do all this other than to prepare for a Kindle DX 2 that is better and possibly cheaper?

How soon before it sells out?

Absolutely no idea – it’d be better to get it sooner rather than later. At $249 it’s an absolute steal – especially if you’re in the US. You get a 9.7″ screen, you get free wireless downloads and free wireless Internet, and you get all the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem.

Plus you can read all the Kindle books you already have on it. Perfect for buying it for a family member. If the $249 refurbished Kindle DX US seems appealing – make a decision quickly. At this price it wouldn’t be a surprise if it sells out rather quickly.