Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let's Talk: Used EReader prices

I have been back and forth on this whole ereader craze. Well, I am about there on wanting one. However, as a stay at home mom, I am on a budget and a new ereader does not fit it. Kindle does have a decent price for their new kindle at $139, but I am not a kindle person. I don't like being restricted to only getting my books from amazon and then trying to figure out how to load book that reviewers send to me. I have researched the Kindle and just feel like it isn't a good fit for me. I have also decided to stay away from all the store ereaders, such as the Nook and Kobo. I am leaning towards a Sony most likely. I like the look of it and the flexibility that it has. There are many different models to choose from also.

So, where do you go to find a used model? Ebay or Craigslist I am guessing. Craigslist has not been much help and I have been on ebay mostly. I have been watching the prices of the used readers to see what they sell at on average. The model I like is usually right over $100. Which is ok, and is my limit. I just can't spend over $100 on a used ereader when they average now about $140 new. Of coarse, some of these used ereaders come with accessories that make the price worth it. Such as a cover with light, a case, some are even preloaded with books already. So, going used is worth it in the accessory department. I also understand that people want to try and make their money back on their item, but sometimes the prices are crazy. Sometimes it almost like I could spend $10 more and get it new. While I may find it crazy, people are still paying the high prices for the used model.

So, if you were going to buy used, what is your max price? I have to say at this point, mine is $100 and that is only if its coming with some accessories. If its just a plan ol used ereader (that almost everyone claims is like new and barely used), I would spend at most $85-$90.


2 comments:

Melissa said...

Hey Beck! I just bought a certified pre-owned Nook from B&N and it is AMAZING! The prices are really reasonable, too. You can get the regular Nook for $99 or the Nook 3G + Wi-Fi for $115. I got the latter, and it has been perfect. It's a great investment, and it's basically brand new, plus it has a warranty. You can view it on the B&N Nook site and go to pre-owned...Hope this helps!

jackie b central texas said...

Like you for used the price has to be "right" and even $100 is too much to justify for me... I really wanted for the longest time a Kindle but after reading more and more about all the drawbacks have given up on it as my first choice...
The Nook seems to be a close runner up with Sony for the ease of use.. I have friends who have Nooks and they love them when they get PDF or Epub books to download it is no problem, even if a book has DRM protection....

Hope you find what you are looking for Beck and at the price you are willing to pay, sounds like a good deal if you can get the afore mentioned extras with the e-reader rather than just the reader alone.... (and a warranty on it as well)

jackie >_<