The new Amazon Kindle (2022) has been unveiled, bringing a USB-C port and high-res display to the company’s budget ereader lineup – but it continues a worrying trend among the rainforest-named E Ink gadgets.
The new Kindle costs more than its predecessor, the Kindle (2019), with a starting price of $99.99 / £84.99, meaning you’re paying $10 / £15 more for this new model. would have spent on the cheaper variant of the older one.
We’ve seen the same thing happen with the Kindle Paperwhite (2021), at least in some regions, as in the UK it cost £10 more than its predecessor (but the same in the US and Australia). Other Amazon gadgets aren’t exempt from these price increases, with the Amazon Fire 7 (2022) costing $10/£10 more than the previous-gen model – keep in mind these are all super affordable devices, so even a low cost double figure price increase is noteworthy.
Of course, these price increases are justified in countless ways – the newer devices eschew the older micro USB port for the standard USB-C and also come with more storage by default so you don’t miss out in terms of value.
But that’s to forget the fact that if you just want the hardware without having to spend a lot of money and without worrying about specs, you’ll still have to spend more for the newer gadgets than the older one.
However, you don’t have to be substantially out of pocket when buying a new Kindle ereader – no, this is a good reminder that it’s possible to buy a gadget on a budget.
There are previous generation versions
While Amazon likes to make a song and dance about its flashy new Kindles, it generally leaves older models for sale.
In the case of the standard Kindle, this is the 2019 model, while for the Paperwhite it’s the 2018 one – the high-end Oasis hasn’t had an update since 2019, so the current-gen version is pretty old at this point.
These older Kindles don’t have the updates and tweaks of the new ones, but those changes aren’t always worth the cost anyway, so some users might not care that they’re getting an older version.
Also, as we’ve already discussed, these versions are cheaper than the newer ones – and that’s not taking into account the frequent price cuts and discounts they see, making them more affordable overall.
The second-hand market for Kindles isn’t as busy as it is for technology like smartphones or tablets – ereader gadgets are often designed to last much longer than smart ones, meaning people are unlikely to get rid of one unless that it is completely broken.
But there are a few refurbished and refurbished Kindles on the web, and buying one of these can be a great way to save some money on an older device that might work just as well as a newer one.
This is especially the case before a new Kindle comes out, as many people will swap their older models for the new one, especially since the 2022 model has USB-C, which is a popular feature.
Amazon has its own revamped section, but if you search online, you can find other revamped sites as well. You can also simply buy second-hand devices, those that haven’t been refurbished, from a number of other sites, including eBay and Facebook Marketplace, but these have less guarantee of quality.
It’s worth saving
More than most gadgets, we recommend buying older or refurbished Kindles.
While buying second-hand or older gadgets often comes with pitfalls — these gadgets are sometimes slower, with reduced battery life and scratch marks — these issues aren’t as problematic on Kindles. Amazon’s ereaders are already slow, with batteries so long-lasting that it takes years of use to have a noticeable impact on their lasting power.
As we said, the second-hand market is not the same for Kindles as it is for smartphones, but that makes buying previous-generation models more tempting. If you’re looking for a ‘new’ ereader, before buying one of the new devices, it’s definitely worth checking out alternative markets.