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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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Mike Cane20 May, 2011

    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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