Kindle Fire comes to GameStop

Speciality retailer adds Amazon tablet line to electronics stable; $100 in-store credit up for grabs with trade in of original model.

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GameStop has added a new electronics device to its growing stable of offerings: Amazon's Kindle Fire. Beginning immediately, the specialty retailer will sell the 7" Kindle Fire HD ($200) in all 4,400 of its locations in the United States.

Gamers in the market for an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD ($300) or a 7" regular Kindle Fire ($160) will need to do a little more hunting, as these models are available only in "select" GameStop outlets. Participating locations are available through GameStop's website.

GameStop is also holding two special promotions surrounding the Kindle Fire. All who purchase any new Kindle Fire product through the retailer by January 31, 2013 will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Additionally, GameStop is offering in-store credit of "up to" $100 when shoppers trade in an original Kindle Fire. Full trade-in details are available at GameStop's special landing page.

Discussion

44 comments
tgwolf
tgwolf

Looks like SOMEone's happy about that...too bad it isn't smart consumers who are at best just indifferent.

grove12345
grove12345

Windows 8 pro tablet > any other tablet

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

You can play a Skylander's game that's basically just like one of those "shoot the thing" banner ad games. And, right from within the app, you can simultaneously order real and digital versions of little Battle Troll looking toys. 

 

Aren't you guys excited? 

 

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

...this is just another lame cashin tactic by Gamestop...Gamestop is just trying to struggle for relevance in an era where Digital distribution is being discussed...

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

I have the Kindle Fire, but I could use an upgrade for HD.

 

This may sound newbie, but when they mean "...up to $100 In-Store credit," I would receive just $100 in store if I trade in my old Kindle Fire? 

mnoi
mnoi

still pointless to get it there, might as well get it online and save paying sales tax

NTM23
NTM23

Hilarious. My dad just bought this thing yesterday, and everything's working but the videos, the one thing he wanted it for. He already has one of the previous ones for reading. It's either Amazon's doing for it not working, or the Kindle is for some reason already messed up from out of the box.

huerito323
huerito323

I have a Kindle Fire HD and it is amazing. I love it. If you're an Amazon junkie like me, it's a no brainer. 

deth420
deth420

crappy products at a crappy store!

 

just another reason to avoid your "local" gamestop....

nurnberg
nurnberg

I don't really see why this is sold at Gamestop.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Tablets, Tablets EVERYWHERE! Gamestop is just grabbing the moolah while they can.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

GameStop overprices their tablets though!

 

239.99 for a Nexus 7 normally 199

and I hope the prices for these Kindles are for new ones, otherwise they're the same price as new ones.  Meh.

 

knugs
knugs

I have both. In all honesty I use the Kindle Fire HD way more than my Ipad2.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @FuryX-4 Yes, the value will go down depending on the condition of your Kindle.

Loshead
Loshead

 @NTM23 or your dad doesn't know what he is doing, my wife has one videos work fine.

blackace
blackace

 @deth420 Don't hate; appreciate. I don't think the Kindle Fire HD is crap. The IPad and Nexus 7 all have their pros and cons as well. The M$ Surface tablet has issues from some of the reviews I've read. I'd stay away from that overpriced headache.

TwistedShade
TwistedShade

 @Evanrocknuma I just looked and their prices are 199.99$ & 249.99$. Not to mention Gamestop preloads some games on it.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

 @NeverMore0 For those of us who are firmly embedded into the Amazon ecosystem (like myself), it's a no-brainer.

blackace
blackace

 @NeverMore0 

lol!! No it's not. You obviously own an IPad and not a Kindle Fire. I'm sure you can get Google Play on the Kindle & IPad. lol!! I have the Kindle app on my IPad already. They're all pretty similar. I picked up a Kindle Fire HD for my wife. I already own an IPad 2. I have the best of both worlds now.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

 @NeverMore0 It's not bad for what it does in providing all your amazon content and ebooks right to you, but obviously the nexus 7 is better for that 200 dollar price

blackace
blackace

 @soccerpzn  @DerekSpence 

I've heard they were having issues with their phones and other products. Something to do with the software. I need to get another phone, but it won't be a Blackberry.

blackace
blackace

 @FAIL_TR0LL  @NeverMore0 Do you already have a Kindle or Kindle Fire? Can you and anyone else who owns one give some pros and cons for it? Mine haven't come in the mail yet and if's a X-Mas gift for my wife. I've read a lot of info about it, but haven't read all the reviews on Amazon yet. Maybe I'll do that now.

blackace
blackace

 @mlcarter815 Ok, I know Google Play will work on the FunLab Pro though. I'm going to see if there is an App for Google play on the IPad.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 @blackace Oh yeah she'll love it. Those FunLab's look really cool, if I hadn't already bought my daughter a million other gifts she'd probably have one as well lol

mlcarter815
mlcarter815

 @blackace  I haven't used the Fire HD, but the 1st gen Fire is a bit sluggish even on the home page. Also, you don't have access to the Google Play store, only Amazon's app store. 

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

 @blackace  @NeverMore0 I would hope so. That seemed to be the most common complaint on the reviews I read for it.

 

But yeah, it's great for reading and Youtube (that's pretty much all I use my Kindle for...the appstore/videos/music are just gravy).

blackace
blackace

 @Sefrix 

She really wants it for reading, surfing the net, e-mails and watching video (most off of YouTube). She uses our IPad2 for now, but my daughter constantly wants to use it anytime she starts to use it. My daughter just turned 3, but she knows how to navigate the IPad as good as us. She goes into Netflix and finds her cartoons or will play Angry Birds, my Homerun game or interactive books. To solve everyone problems, I got my wife the Kindle Fire HD and my daughter the FunLab Pro. Not maybe [b]I[/b] can use the IPad2.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 @blackace  Bought my wife the original one for Christmas last year and she loves it. You can side load apps, which meas you can get it to look exactly like a normal android product as there are apps to change the UI which is really nice. Battery life is awesome on that thing as well. She will not be disappointed with it. Cons are only pertinent on what you want to use it as. Unless she likes to do a lot of technical stuff then it will do anything she wants it to do.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

 @blackace  @FAIL_TR0LL  @NeverMore0 I have the 1st generation Kindle Fire and love it! As someone mentioned above, the Nexus 7 would likely offer more for your money, as the Kindle Fire is a pretty dumbed down, restricted version of Android. The interface takes a bit of getting used to since it's not very intuitive, but if you already own a lot of ebooks and/or you are a member of Amazon Prime, the Fire is the way to go.

 

...the speakers are crappy too. I recommend downloading a speakerboost app if you're going to watch a lot of videos with it.