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Kindle Warranty

I just had to exercise warranty on my Kindle 2. Hence the reduction of the number of posts on this blog…

The quality of the warranty service was a very pleasant surprise to me indeed. It goes way above and beyond of what I’ve experienced with other companies:

  • Phone wait was less than 3 minutes
  • The only thing I was asked to verify was that my Kindle 2 was fully charged and rather than telling me to do it anyway and call back in 3 hours like some other companies did. They took my word for it and emailed me the RMA shipping label. Easy and simple.
  • Now for the best part – Kindle warranty replacement uses one-day shipping and cross-shipment. This means that if your Kindle needs to be replaced – you’ll most likely get it within 24 hours and before you actually send the damaged unit back to them.
  • Since I wasn’t expecting such fast turnaround (in the past I had to wait for weeks for my electronics to come back from warranty repair) and I had several long trips planned for the next week I actually ordered another Kindle 2 with one-day shipping so that I’ll not have to spend days in planes, trains and automobiles without my books. When I called the warranty I was told “no problem”. They refunded me the shipping charge and set up RMA as return for refund.

kindle 2 year warrantyNow does this rock or what? Hopefully other companies will use Amazon as example.

While I’m on the topic – there are some 3rd parties providing extended warranty for the Kindle:

1) 2-Year Extended Warranty for Kindle 2 by ServiceNet. They extend the basic warranty to 2 years and cover 1 incident of drop related damage.

2) http://www.squaretrade.com/ offers 2 and 3 year extended warranty options for almost all electronics, including Kindle 2. For K2 I was quoted $49 for 3-year extended warranty.

Both warranties need to be purchased within 30 days of Kindle purchase. Since my current warranty replacement is officially a return for refund and new purchase I’ll heavily consider using one of these options. I doubt that any of them would offer 1-day cross-shipping though…

Please let me know if had any experience with either of these warranties.

18 comments to Kindle Warranty

  • What failed on your Kindle?

    This device has grown on me day by day. From day one, when I was unsure whether I’d keep it, to day four, when I decided I needed a case (guess keeping it wasn’t a question anymore), to now, when I’m beginning to feel I can’t live without it. So an extended warranty is beginning to sound more likely…

  • Bob Page

    Likewise, I’m curious what failed on your Kindle. I purchased a Kindle 2 (actually..the wife did as a late Christmas present) and it also had a defect so I returned it. My experience with returning it was identical to yours and I can’t say enough about Amazon’s excellent service. Got the new one next day air (unfortunately I called on a Friday and received on Monday, but no biggie).

    My Kindle 2 had a ‘funky’ power switch. Sliding it to the right and releasing it would 80% of the time see it not return to the left but stick in the middle. A gentle nudge would cause it to return. The assembly was a bit ‘off’ as well with one of the buttons recessed slightly more than the rest. I was more concerned with the power switch eventually failing so I returned it for that reason. I’m glad to report that the new Kindle does not have that problem…well, not yet anyway. The other was immediately noticeable.

    Thanks for the info re: the extended warranties. I’m giving that some serious thought since I really can’t live without my Kindle now.

  • I accidentally damaged the display on my Kindle 2 this past Friday, in the morning. It was completely my own fault. I called up Amazon, explained the situation, and within 5 minutes they had processed the issue, begun procedures for next-day-air shipment of a new Kindle, and sent me a link to print out a UPS label for the damaged unit, which I just tossed into the new box they sent me, taped it all up, and sent it on its merry way.

    I cannot speak the praises of Amazon enough with regards to this. I was stunned at how quickly it all happened.

  • gowell

    If you go with squaretrade, try these coupons and see if any of them work.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=33681&t=737472

    Oh, and if you pay for your purchase with credit cards, most do come with free extended one-year warranty. You get this as part of the benefits of your card and there is no registration or anything like that with the credit card company. Personal experience making extended warranty claim with both AMEX and Mastercard is AMEX rocks. AMEX has a much smoother and friendly claim process.

  • Dan

    Wow – This is a great review. You never know about warranties especially with companies that have new products.

    I did an overview of the Kindle on my blog, you might enjoy: http://skipwisconsin.com/2009/03/kindle2/

  • jim

    i agree… i had the same experience, top notch support.

    my screen had died. worked fine in the morning, and then simply would not work in the evening. showed only a few vertical lines. the device was fine otherwise… i could connect via usb, saved books, etc. not a scratch on it, and i had it wrapped up in a case all day… so it must have been a faulty screen or connection.

    the phone tech was great, asked a few questions, and placed a replacement order(one day shipping) while i was in the middle of explaining the issue. they didn’t follow the standard script except for one or two questions, and actually listened when i explained what i was experiencing.

    i also had an issue with downloading a book a few weeks earlier. the tech support was great and they offered a refund after a detailed message on what they found on the issue. turns out, the book was no longer listed, so the content was actually an error message from the download site. not a big deal, but they addressed it very well

  • Dave

    Unfortunately my warranty experience was not good. My screen broke when my cat knocked the Kindle2 off a desk onto a carpeted floor. When I called Kindle Warranty I was told it would cost $200 to replace because the ship date was older than 30 days. The ship date was 03/01/09 and I called 04/04/09. I understand Amazon cannot warranty the Kindle2 forever. This problem may not be a manufacturing defect but it is not good design either. In the previous 30 days I probably sold 4-5 Kindles by positive personal recommendations to strangers on the bus and on my vacation. Now I will have to tell them about the fragile nature of the device and the (legitimate) but strict warranty. The Kindle 2 is great when it works but I cannot recommend such a fragile device.

  • Dedalus

    The credit card company you used to purchase the Kindle often includes an extended warranty for the same period as the original warranty. Also AmEx, the one I used, covers 90 days of accidental damage and theft. Note that the Amazon extended one only covers one accidental damage in 2 years, does not cover theft; Square Trade has a $50 deductible for each damage claim.

  • Karen

    I had good service with the warranty coverage also. However, there is a difference in the warranty information on the quick start guide and the on-line version. I also damaged my screen and was given immediate and quick service to return it with another on its way the same day. However, the replacement is NOT NEW, but refurbished. To me that’s a ripoff. If I am returning a NEW Kindle 2 within 30 days, it should be replaced with a NEW one, not a refurbished one. Also, they determined it was my fault, even though I don’t believe it was, so the “new” one cost me $200 which includes a “discount” price off a new one. For that much money, I should get a new one.

  • Jill

    I had horrible service with my Kindle 2 (still under warranty). Amazon has agreed to replace my Kindle, which has screen issues, but feels that a refurbished Kindle is an acceptable replacement. NOT acceptable as far as I’m concerned and will be enough to get me to say goodbye to the Kindle!

  • I just went to look into a Kindle warranty from Square Trade but it appears they don’t offer them anymore. If you choose eReader, all the other boxes (to enter price and condition of item) beceom grayed out.

  • Alan

    Broke my screen also. Calling today. Minor pressure in just the right place and it broke. I think it would be in Amazon’s best interest to repair it for free or for a fee less than origianl price. If I don’t get a replacement or buy a new kindle they will loose at least twice the cost over 2 years, because I won’t be buying there books.

  • ineedmorebooks

    i only had the bottom a little dip in the hot tub and i read it all night but wen i got home from work and i tried to turn it on it got fuzzy so much tht i cant read the top of the screen ;( everything works so i can turn it on and move the cursor and even listen to audio but i just can read the top it is so depressing …MY BABY

  • mike foehring

    I have a kindle reader. How do I go about sending it in for wrranty work. Somebody send me a phone # or a contact e-mail address. thanks

  • Andrei Pushkin

    According to official amazon page:

    Please contact Customer Service for specific instructions about how to obtain warranty service for your Device:

    In the United States: 1-866-321-8851
    Outside the United States: 1-206-266-0927

  • Pauline

    I had my Kindle for two months when the screen inexplicably malfunctioned. Glad I got the extended warranty because the basic warranty would not be able to cover it despite the fact that it wasn’t my fault

  • Ana Rouco

    Me regalaron un ibook Kindel Amazon, con tan mala suerte que se me derramó agua encima y ahora no enciende. Donde hay en España un servicio tecnico? Gracias

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