Hi, I have a Kindle Fire HD 8 that is pretty old. My question is something I've wondered about for a long time...how long does Amazon get to put their "special offers" on my Kindle before I can opt out without paying the fee? I mean the "special offers" offered when purchasing a new Kindle is a ruse; it's nothing more than Amazon getting the opportunity to indefinitely show ads on my Kindle in exchange for a discount of...what $20 or $30 dollars? Hardly worth letting them invade my privacy even more than they already do, imho. Whatever happened to buying something something outright and feeling like it was MINE, not like a merchant was only allowing me use it, letting themselves in to look at what apps I have, rearranging the furniture and adding things I don't want nor need, yet making sure I haven't changed the paint or the drapes metaphorically speaking, of course?! I feel violated and resentful being told I can't do this or that while with every other update they are filling up my memory and disk space with unwanted items, not allowing the removal items I don't want like Audible for example (I have adult ADD and simply CANNOT focus on someone reading to me). I wish I had paid the fee or whatever years ago just to have a little more of an illusion of control. Nevertheless...
As long as I've had my Kindle - not to mention the Kindle apps on my phones, two laptops, a pc, and new tablet - I have bought a veritable ton of books, apps, and virtual coins (not to mention all of the other physical merchandise I've bought) that it seems for as many years as they've been running their free ads on MY Kindle - which has never influenced me to buy anything anyway, btw - they've more than gotten their money's worth of free advertising time. AND I don't recall a specific amount of time given in the paperwork for which I am required to maintain my end the bargain, which if my legal knowledge serves me correctly and isn't outdated, is to my benefit and I should have been able to finally opt out of their "special offers" quite some time ago.
Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone had this discussion with customer service? I'm willing to be the first, but if someone has already 'been there, done that'I"d like to hear from them. Thanks.
How are sleep screen ads "invading your privacy?" When my Kindles are sleeping, I'm not looking at them.
How is Audible forced upon you?
My my only frustration with Special Offers is that there haven't actually been any Special Offers in years. There was a time when there were Offers like "Buy a $20 gift card, and get and extra $5 for free" etc. I couldn't tell you what offer/ad is showing on any of my Kindles. I open the cover, swipe the screen, and read.
unfortunately, the reduction in price that you received when you purchased your device has not changed. You can still pay the difference and get rid of them at any time. All I've ever seen is: buy one with or w/o the reduced price and if you don't like the ads, pay the difference between the two. I've never seen or heard of anyone on this forum or any others getting them removed unless they're someone who lives outside the US and they received it as a gift. It's still yours just like your TV is still yours even when it's showing ads during broadcasts.
ETA: it doesn't hurt to talk to Customer Service and ask them