Amazon's ridiculously good, seriously awesome tablet deal du jour
Oh, Amazon. I can't refuse you. Just take my money, dammit!
Yeah, the company is back to its price-slashing ways. Last month, it served up some crazy-good deals on higher-end Kindle Fire tablets
, including the awesome HDX for just $199.
Today, there's a deal for the real cheapskates out there, for folks who don't need all the bells and whistles but still want a seriously good 7-inch tablet.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get a certified refurbished 2nd-generation Kindle Fire tablet for $79 shipped
. That is such a ridiculously good deal, I think I just peed a little.
I've had date-night dinners that cost more than $79. I'm lucky to get out of the grocery store for $79. This is a whole Kindle Fire for the same money. Crazy!
Don't let the "refurbished" part bother you. As the product page states prominently right near the top, you get a full one-year warranty, same as with new Kindles. And it comes with all the same accessories (which in this case is just a USB cable and quick-start guide). It's literally good as new.
I should also confess that during my last four trips, I've packed a Kindle Fire and left the iPad at home. The latter is bigger than I need and heavier than I want. I find the 7-inch, 14-ounce Fire ideal for all the things I want to do while traveling: reading, watching movies, playing Candy Crush, and so on.
And as I noted last time out, Amazon's ecosystem is pretty sweet, especially if you subscribe to Amazon Prime (which, ironically, is the same price for one year as the tablet itself now costs outright). Even taking the tablet stuff out of the equation, the free 2-day shipping is all kinds of awesome.
Normally a refurb 2nd-gen Kindle Fire runs $99--already a pretty sweet deal. At $79, it's a steal. Grab one while you can.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
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