If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon like I do, you’ll want to check this out. Neither myself or my husband are big book readers (I wish we were, but alas), but a new Amazon Kindle joined my husband’s “fleet” of toys a few weeks ago. Amazon introduced the Kindle with Special Offers back in May, which is basically a subsidized Kindle that shows sponsored ad screen savers when the device is off (it never shows ads while you are reading). It comes in two versions, the Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers for $114, and the Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers for $139 (without the Special Offers, you are looking at $139 for the Wi-Fi Kindle and $189 with 3G – so you already save just buy getting the Special Offers enabled version). The special offers are what make this thing great. Typically once or twice a week, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of several special offers. We have only had the Kindle for around a month, but here are the offers that have been available.
- Save 20% on Select Laptops at Amazon.com (my husband saved $228 with the coupon!)
- Save $10 when you spend $25 on select toys & games at Amazon.com
- Save $5 on Kindle reading lights at Amazon.com
- Save $15 off $30 of School Supplies
- Save $25 when you spend $100 on textbooks at Amazon.com
- Save $5 at Amazon MP3 (FREE $5 MP3 download credit)
- Save $40 when you spend $100 on watches at endless.com
- Save $5 on a $10 purchase at Amazon.com
- Buy one of 100 Kindle books on Business & Investing for $1
- Save an Extra 50% on Back-to-School Groceries at Amazon.com (no maximum)
- Save $20 on a $50 purchase of coffee & tea essentials at Amazon.com
- Save $25 on your $50 purchase of select back-to-college gear at Amazon.com
If you want any of the offers, all you need to do is select the “email offer” button on your Kindle and you’ll get a unique code to use at checkout for an eligible purchase. You even typically have a month to use the coupon, but must “claim” your special offer within a few days or it will expire. The Kindle itself is a very cool device, and if you’ve never seen its E Ink screen, it really does look like your reading something printed on paper. The Kindle probably won’t get a lot of “reading” use from myself or husband, but It will definitely get a lot of use from the deals, and has already more than paid for itself in savings.
If you ask me, this is one “toy” that will pay for itself over and over!
Check out the Kindles at Amazon here.