The new Amazon Kindle (2022) has been unveiled, bringing a USB-C port and high-res screen to the company''s budget ereaders, although it continues a worrying trend among the rainforest-named brand''s E Ink gadgets.
The new Kindle costs more than its predecessor, the Kindle (2019), with an entry price of $99.99 / 84.99, meaning that you''re paying $10 / 15 more for this new model than you would have paid for the cheapest version of the previous one.
The Kindle Paperwhite (2021) has been introduced in some countries, at least, as the UK cost 10 more than its predecessor (but in the United States and Australia). Other Amazon gadgets aren''t exempt from these price increases, with the Amazon Fire 7 (2022) being $10 / 10 more than the previous-gen model, so please note that these are all super-affordable devices, and even a small double-figure price increase is necessary.
These rises are justified in a variety of ways - the newer devices exclude the older micro USB port for the standard USB-C, and they also come with additional storage by default, thus you''re not losing or in terms of value.
But, let''s forget that, if you only want the hardware without having to pay huge amounts of money and without worrying about specs, you''re still having to spend more for the latest gadgets than the previous one.
When you buy a new Kindle ereader no, you don''t need to be huge out of pocket, but this is a good reminder that it''s possible to get a gadget on budget.
Previous-gen versions exist
While Amazon likes to create a song and dance about its new flashy Kindles, it often sells the older-gen models for free.
This is the case of the standard Kindle, while for Paperwhite it''s the 2018 model the high-end Oasis hasn''t had an upgrade since 2019, so the current-gen version of it is quite old at this point.
These older Kindles don''t have the upgrades and tweaks of the new ones, but these upgrades aren''t always worth the cost anyway, and some users may not be aware that they''re getting an older version.
Plus, as we''ve mentioned earlier, these versions are cheaper than the newer ones, and that''s even removing the frequent price cuts and discounts they see, making them more affordable overall.
The second-hand market for Kindles isn''t as crowded as it is for information such as smartphones or tablets. In theory, ereader gadgets are designed to last a lot longer than smart ones, thus people are unlikely to rid them unless it''s completely broken.
There are a few redesigned and renewed Kindles on the market, and purchasing one of them might be a great way to save yourself money on an upcoming device that might not be better, as well.
This is especially true ahead of the release of a new Kindle, as many people will be trading in their older versions for the new one, particularly given that the 2022 model has USB-C, which is a popular feature.
Amazon has its own revamped section, but if you look around online, you may also find other revamped sites. You may also purchase second-hand devices, ones which haven''t been renewed, from a range of other websites, such as eBay and the Facebook Marketplace, but these have less of a quality guarantee.
It''''s worth it to save money
We''d suggest getting older or renewed Kindles more than most gadgets.
While purchasing second-hand or older gadgets is generally associated with challenges these gadgets are sometimes slow, with reduced battery life and scuff marks these issues aren''t as problematic on Kindles. Amazon''s ereaders are already slow, with such long-term batteries that it takes years of usage to have a noticeable impact.
The second-hand market isn''t the same for Kindles as it is for smartphones, but it makes buying previous-generation models more tempting. Before buying one of the brand-new devices, it''s certainly worth checking out other markets.