Kindle Tip – Saving 40%

by James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, September 4, 2018

I don’t know why, but sometimes Amazon tells me I have a promotional credit. I never know what they mean. The other day I bought a $1.99 sale ebook and was told I had a promotional credit that would last 60 days on my next Kindle purchase. I just ignored it. Then I bought a $1.99 sale book today and got another promotional credit. This time I read the email more closely.

Sense of Wonder - A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald GrossmanIt said I’d get 40% of my next Kindle purchase. Well, there’s a $40 Kindle book I’ve been wanting but wouldn’t buy because of the high price. It’s a textbook for teaching science fiction. Well, I checked, and it was now priced at $24, 40% less. I quickly bought it. I still think $24 is way too much of an ebook, but I’ve been wanting this book for some time now, and have almost paid the $40 for it a couple of times.

I don’t even know if this involved my promotional credit. It could just be coincidence and this book had a 40% price drop. (Tell me what price you see.)

I’ve researched these credits at Amazon and they seem rather unexplainable. I wonder if they’re just a gimmick to get us to buy more. Or Amazon’s way of justifying to publishers for offering extra discounting.

Does anyone know how these promotional credits work? They’re a mystery to me.

If you buy bargain Kindle books, keep an eye out for your promotional credit. Then go shopping for that ebook you wanted that was priced too high.


4 thoughts on “Kindle Tip – Saving 40%”

    1. And Chuck, you don’t have a “promotional credit” waiting to be used?

      I guess this was just a coincidence. Maybe Amazon realized that nobody was going to pay $40 for an ebook, even if it was a giant ebook with 155 science fiction short stories in it.

      1. No, it just must be on a special promo. It would likely be the publisher who set the sale price, not Amazon, since it looks to be self-published, as it is sold by Amazon Digital Services rather than the listed publisher. Perhaps it is on sale now to make it more affordable for students, which is nice.

  1. I also get $23.49. And I’ve paid “too much” for Kindle books, but I remember paying close to $30 for a hard cover back in 1998 or so. Today a similar hardcover new release would cost 18.95. None of the books on my shelves is worth anything now anyway. Textbooks are notoriously high-priced – $140 or so sometimes – for 200 pages – lol. Janson’s History of Art book is about $190. Back in my day it was $40 or $50 or so – outrageous. LOL – I think books in general have never been so cheap and plentiful – same with photographs (which no one saves anymore).

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