Buyer beware

The other day I came across a complaint posted on MobileRead. It seems one ereader owner happened to buy a Kindle DX at a fleamarket. When he got it home, he learned that it didn't work, of course, and that's the problem. He contacted Amazon and it turns out that this was a demo unit from a retail store. Amazon refused to help. I  would guess that they never sold it, so they never warranted that it would work. They did not have to support it. Can you blame them?

BTW, it appears to be working exactly as it's supposed to - as a demo unit.

And then there's the fact that he should have known better than to buy an used gadget without testing it first. If you don't follow that first rule of gadgetry then it's you're own fault when it bites you in the ass.

Then again, I would have been surprised to see a demo unit at a flea market. What do you think?

via MobileRead

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About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Buyer beware

  1. I’ve seen all sorts of PDAs and things at flea markets. Of course, the batteries are *never* charged and they don’t even want you to touch the damn things. Given the delusional sellers are usually charging higher than eBay market prices, the combination is sucker bait and anyone who buys shouldn’t expect sympathy for their tears.

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