Do you use a Kindle? I held out for a long time, preferring printed books. But I also prefer to read in bed before I fall asleep, which means I need to have only light on my book (no bedside lamp on) so I don’t keep my husband awake. After trying many different book lights and breaking my favorite itty bitty book light again, I gave in to the Kindle. My first Kindle was a Kindle Keyboard. I bought a case that had a light built in and was powered from the Kindle itself. Oh, how I loved it!!
After many years of faithful service, the light began to falter. I didn’t know if it was the case or the Kindle – they didn’t even make this Kindle anymore. I bought a little LED book light that I could kind of attach to the case and continued on… but then, this happened:
Technically, the Kindle still worked. Realistically, it was impossible to read with part of the text missing. I called Amazon support and asked if there was any way to fix it. The answer was no. The rep then told me that if I ordered a new Kindle, she’d give me $20 off if I ordered while we were on the phone. I thought about it for about 2.5 seconds and said okay. I went with the new Voyage. I had some money saved up, thankfully! That was at the end of May.
Fast forward to about a month ago – I saw an advertisement for a Kindle trade in program and clicked it. I still had that broken Kindle, had not figured out what to do with it yet. They asked me for the condition and there were two options: Working and Not Working. If it was working, it said I could get a $14 Amazon credit. Not working, $5. After reading the description of “working” versus “not working”, I decided to call it “not working.” They provided a postage paid label so for a few minutes of my time, I could get $5 in credit. And they could figure out what to do with my old Kindle!
A few days ago I got an email from them saying they had received the Kindle and had revised the condition to “Working” and were giving me $14 credit! Woo hoo! This really impressed me because they could have just given me $5 but they didn’t. So thank you, Amazon!
They have a pretty impressive trade in program – you can send back books, electronics, music, movies, video games! If you’re trying to declutter, this is a great program that will get you some funds for other things you might need or want.
I hope you find that helpful – I’m going to be checking to see if anything I need to get rid of will get me a few dollars here or there.
Happy New Year!
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