Looks like there is no learning effect when it comes to managing inventory.
Amazon is out of kindle after cutting its price to USD 189.
This is not the first time this happens to Amazon with the same product. Oprah Winfrey advertised in October 2008 that the Kindle is her favourite gadget. As a result, all Kindles were sold out. That was the second time preceded by another incident back in 2007.
Ok, maybe forecasting Oprah's move is out of Amazon scope, but this is the third time and the influence of 25% discount should have been taken into calculations. Naturally, there could always be another reasoned that is not revelled to us, as many firms are adopting the frustrating top-secret approach in order to create an artificial buzz.
It will take few more days or weeks to restore it I believe, anyway, the good news are that the new Kindle DX is a much better version of the original Kindle. This Kindle has better performances, is bigger and cost USD 379.
I do not know about you, but I am waiting for the next generation where colour will be incorporated, and while they are at it, maybe they can add some apps.
Amazon new Kindle:
Just as if Amazon was guessing I was writing about them, they just released , during last night, a new kindle version that is 21% smaller in size, with same size screen and costs $189 USD or $139 without the 3G technology having WiFi only.
These are the issues / improvements associated with the new kindle according to Amazon:
All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen – 50% better contrast than any other e-reader
Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6" size reading area
15% Lighter – Only 8.7 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
Battery Life of One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 Books
Books in 60 Seconds – Download books anytime, anywhere
Free 3G Wireless – No monthly payments, no annual contracts
Built-In Wi-Fi – In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots
20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
New WebKit-Based Browser – Free 3G web browsing (experimental)
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's Founder & CEO said that for the $139 price, they expect people to buy multiple Kindles for their home and family.