Out with the old! Amazon trade-ins and upgrades for your tablets and ereaders

It’s that time of the year when Amazon offers some of its best prices on new Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets. The just released all new Kindle Paperwhite makes this season’s sales look especially appealing.

Amazon’s Trade-in program makes it easy to make a few dollars and save money on an upgrade your device at the same time.All you have to do is select the model of your device, answer a few questions about condition, and you’re given an estimate of the trade-in value to accept or reject. They even give you a label and pick up the shipping costs to send it back to Amazon. When Amazon receives your item, it is checked for condition and the value of the trade-in is applied to your account as a  gift card.

The program does accept certain items that no longer work, hold a charge, or that have cracked screens. While the payout is very small for these items, an upgrade discount is generally included. Also, Amazon does pay for the shipping and it does get broken device out of the house. Amazon does the recycling and you score one for decluttering!

Trade in your e-ink Kindle

While the first Kindle ereader was introduced in 2007, Amazon has released a new model or an upgrade every year since 2009. Many of the older models are either still around. You can now trade in your old e-ink ereader for Amazon credit and possibly get a hefty discount off the purchase of a new one. Currently, Amazon is accepting trade-ins on models ranging from the first generation Kindle up to the last year’s model of the Kindle Oasis. There is a section on the page to help you figure out your model if you are not sure what it is.

Trade in your Fire tablet

Amazon seems to bring out new tablets with even more frequency than it does its e-ink readers. Because tablets have hardware limitations which can make updates difficult or even impossible as they age, all tablets have a certain built in obsolescence (and people ask the “how much is my Fire tablet worth?” question a lot). That makes the idea of trade-ins for Fire tablets even more welcome. Only certain tablet models are eligible for trade in, and many of the older models like the first generation Kindle Fire are not currently listed on the page.

Want to trade-in another brand of tablet? Amazon also accepts trade-ins of Apple iPads and Samsung tablets.

Trade-in other electronics:

Amazon’s trade-in program is not just for e-readers and tablets any more. They also accept trade-ins of Echo devices and other Bluetooth speakers including Bose, Sonos and Jawbone Bluetooth speakers

You can also trade in Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast streaming media players. Interestingly, Amazon is not accepting trade-ins of its own Fire TV devices at this time.

Amazon also has other trade-In categories, including textbooks, cell phonesvideo games, systems and controllers.

One of the things that Amazon does to make it easier to trade in items you no longer need is located on the main Trade-in page. Amazon shows you a list of items you have purchased that are currently eligible for trade in. Trade-In eligible items also have a yellow Trade-In button on the product pages.

A few things to note:

Amounts for items in trade-in offers does change and sometimes certain device models are not eligible for trade-in. Check the trade-in page for the most up to date trade in values and discount offers.

It is important to realize that you are not going to get the maximum value for your items through Amazon’s trade-in program. Depending on the item and its condition, you may be better off selling it through eBay, Craigslist or other online trade-in programs. What Amazon does offer is a quick, easy way to get rid of items that is ideal for someone planning on updating to a new Amazon product. Payment is a gift card or credit to your Amazon account and many trade-ins also include a generous upgrade discount.

I have personally used the program to trade in several devices and everything went very smoothly. (At this point, I have run out of friends and family to give devices to….)

But to be on the safe side, here’s a pro tip for online trade-in on any site: Make a note of the model and serial numbers of the device you are trading in. Take pictures to document the device’s condition. Don’t send boxes and other accessory items unless these are requested as part of the trade-in.

The bottom line: If getting the most bucks for your item is your priority, the Amazon trade-in programs is not your best choice. However, if  you are looking to upgrade or your device is DOA or doesn’t have a lot of value of the secondary market, an Amazon trade-in can be a win.

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What’s Your Fire Tablet Worth? Amazon is taking trade-ins

fire_tradeinAs I mentioned in today’s Daily Links and Deals post, starting today, Amazon’s is selling $50 Fire Tablet in colors. Both the  8GB and 16GB versions are available in blue, magenta and tangerine, as well as basic black. If you are looking to buy one of the new colors or a larger version and have an old Fire you want to get rid of, you may be interested in Amazon’s trade-in program for the Fire.

For a limited time, you can trade-in your Fire for an Amazon Gift Card and a coupon for a 20% bonus savings good towards the purchase of a new Fire Tablet. Simply identify your Fire, complete the paperwork and send it in. Once Amazon verifies the condition, you will get the gift card and bonus coupon.

Amazon is accepting trade-ins on both working and non’working Fires. Models acceptable for trade-in are:

  • *Kindle Fire, 1st and 2nd generations.
  • *Kindle Fire HD 7″ 2nd and 3rd generations
  • *Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Wi-Fi and 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
  • *Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi and Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
  • *Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
  • Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
  • Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
  • Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi
  • Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE

*Note the name change: The earliest versions were referred to as Kindle Fires; later versions dropped the Kindle from the name.

There is a page where you can see pictures to help determine you model. I also wrote a post a while back on identifying your Kindle model which may help. Amazon Kindle customer service can help if all else fails.

You can apply your coupon to the following Fire tablets:

Several caveats on this deal. The time frame on the offer is extremely limited. Trade-ins must be completed by May 9, 2016, so if you are interested, you need to act quickly. Other limits, terms and conditions apply.

Also, be aware that the trade-in values are much, much  lower than you probably could get on eBay or another venue: Amazon’s offer for a 1st generation Kindle Fire is $5 in either working or non-working condition.  The value for a working Fire HD 6 is listed at only $11. The real value here is probably the 20% off bonus.

While Amazon has offered trade-in programs for the Kindle before, this is the first time I have seen one exclusively for the Fire.

Are you interested?

Note that Amazon has updated its Trade-in Program to include more devices.  You can find more details in this post about trade-ins.

There’s a New Kindle Trade-in Offer

trade-in_2Back in January, I posted news on an Amazon Trade-in promotion that allowed you to trade in older Kindles in both working and non-working condition. That program is coming to an end on March 31st. As I mentioned in that post, I was thinking about trading in several of my older Kindles. Of course, given work, tax prep and a lot of Kindle updates, I never got around to actually completing the process.

Interestingly, now that we have gone through all that work of updating our old Kindles, Amazon is offering us another shot at trading-in and getting a coupon good towards an upgrade. Trade-in values range from $5 to $50, depending on the model Kindle. You can trade in any model of e-ink Kindle, working or not, from the first-generation K1 to the 6th generation Paperwhite.

The process is pretty straightforward: You pick your Kindle model, check the box that describes the condition, and then accept the offer. You then print a pre-paid label and send the device to Amazon with seven days. Amazon checks the Kindle and, once the condition is verified, credits you account with a gift card in the amount of the agreed on value and your bonus coupon. Unacceptable device will be returned to you at no extra charge. There are a few terms and conditions that you can read here.

If you need help identifying your model, this post that I wrote may help. If all else fails, Kindle Customer service can help you determine your Kindle model.

This trade-in offer is good through the end of the year; you have until December 31, 2016 to complete the transaction. The $20 bonus coupon can be used towards the purchase of a new Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle for Kids bundle.  The coupon must be used by February 28, 2017.

After having to update all those devices that I don’t really use, I had already decided that I was definitely going to have to get rid of some of these old e-readers. No excuses this time! This new offer means I don’t need to drop everything and get it done before the 31st. 🙂 Now, if Amazon would just make me an offer on my original NOOK First Edition or my Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2….

Did anyone take advantage of the last trade-in offer? How did the process work for you? Please leave a comment, we’d love to hear about it!