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Is it true, about Kindle?

by creator12241959 / November 15, 2011 5:00 AM PST

I have just heard, on National Public Radio, that, once a person purchases a "TouchPad", "Kindle" or other device, from any particular manufacturer, that the purchaser is "LOCKED IN", with that service. If a service goes out-of-buisness, then the owner must purchase another device, linking them with another SOLE provider. If this is true, then WHY should people buy these electronics, if the units are "criipled" to s sole-source provider?

I purchase ALOT of goods, THROUGH Amazon, which are sold, via Amazonssite, yet are sold by third parties. This way, if one source "goes under" I can find another source, via the Amazon directory.

Is it not very DANGEROUS to have ANY product which can only be used with a sole-provider?

What happens if a sole-provider wants higher revenues? What is to stop the provider from changing membership from say $24.00per year, to $240,000.00 per year?

Arent these "sole-source" deals dangerous?

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If you believe this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 5:57 AM PST

Then why not act accordingly and vote with your wallet?

That's how a free market works. You cast your vote!

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Yes, but so what?
by Monte521 / November 18, 2011 10:39 AM PST

Books in Kindle format can be read on Android devices, iPhones, iPads, PCs, & Macs as well as all of the Kindles. The Kindles have now become so inexpensive that replacing one every 2 or 3 years is not a great expense. Amazon is now profitable, so they are not going away in the near term.

Can they raise prices? Yes. What stops them? Market forces. If Amazon raises prices too high, people stop buying. Amazon seems to be aiming for the lowest price to increase overall revenues.

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