Kindle Fire ships today, one day earlier than planned

It's perhaps the biggest launch for a tablet since the original iPad. Today, Amazon announced that its seven inch Kindle Fire product, first announced in late September, is now shipping to its pre-order customers, one day earlier than originally announced. People who pre-ordered the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G eReaders will see those products shipping to them on Tuesday, six days earlier than planned

While Amazon has yet to confirm specific numbers, analyst expect that the company has already received lots of pre-orders for the Kindle Fire and could end up selling millions of units of the device. The early reviews suggest that the tablet has achieved its goal of being a solid tablet device for the price point of $199, rather than a true competitor to the more expensive iPad from Apple.

Amazon announced last week that the Kindle Fire would also be sold in retail stores like Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others but there's no word if those stores will begin selling Kindle Fire units today as well.

If the Kindle Fire does sell as well as expected, the era of a seven inch tablet that costs $400 or more may be over and we suspect that other tablet makers like Samsung, Motorola and others will have to either cut prices on their current tablet products or products new ones in order to compete with the Kindle Fire.

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I'm curious if they are making any profit from these. Being that it's Amazon, they might sell these at a loss and hope to make up the difference in app/book/magazine sales.

And if that so happens to be the case, then the era of $400+ tablets is most certainly not over.

I'm curious if this is because people started reading the reviews and canceling their orders. It's a lot easier to hit "cancel" on an order than it is to ship an order back.

greenwizard88 said,
I'm curious if this is because people started reading the reviews and canceling their orders. It's a lot easier to hit "cancel" on an order than it is to ship an order back.

Dunno why someone would cancel, just get it try it yourself then return it. Amazon has the best return policy on anything

Timan said,

Dunno why someone would cancel, just get it try it yourself then return it. Amazon has the best return policy on anything

Don't they blacklist you if you return too many things?

Reports indicate that Amazon is losing about 20 bucks a unit. The assumption is that they will recoup in products and services sold that are tied to the device. This is no different than all the other Kindle products. All of them (IIRC) sold for less than the manufacturing cost.

I just bought the $80 Kindle and looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it. This is good if you want a cheap tablet, but if you want an e-reader get a Kindle with e-ink!!!

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