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Kindle offers buyer a refund after price drop

Did you, like me, buy Amazon's Kindle a week or two before it went on sale? Did you, like me, think you had the worst luck ever? Then you, like me, could become $60 richer.

After admiring Read Streeter Nancy Johnston's Kindle 2 for weeks, I decided to take the plunge last week and hand over a whopping $359+ (I wanted a cover and a warranty) to get one, too. I have plans to travel in Europe via train this fall, and I didn't want to lug several books around. It arrived Friday. It was so pristine and pretty!

On Tuesday, Amazon announced it was dropping the price of the Kindle to $299. It cited lower production costs, but I think it was done, in part, to lure people who had been thinking about getting the e-book reader for awhile but couldn't quite commit. I committed about four business days too soon.

I didn't have much hope that I'd get a $60 credit or refund, as I couldn't find a price-adjustment policy online, but I thought I'd try. I used Amazon's "request call back feature," and a customer-service rep got back to me in about a minute. 

I asked, "So ... do you guys have a price-adjustment policy like a store at the mall? Because I just got my Kindle on Friday, and it's now a whole lot ..." -- I didn't even finish my sentence, and the rep was like, "That's no problem." I got an e-mail within five or 10 minutes saying I'm getting 60 bucks refunded to my credit card. Hooray!

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So, Kindle-ites, call and get your cash back if/while you can!

Now the question is, should I get more books? Book suggestions welcome!

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