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What does it mean when there is a big red sticker dot on the outer Amazon box that the K2 is shipped in?  There is also a small green dot sticker on the box.

Does this mean that it is a refurbished model?  I had a defective Kindle 2 with sun fading issues.  The sent me a replacement which arrived today.  I looked on my original K2 box and those stickers are not there.  If the dots mean it is a refurb, I just don't think that's fair.  After all, I bought a brand new Kindle 6 weeks ago.  Why should I have to accept a refurb to replace it?

Does anyone know about this?  Will Amazon tell me if this is a refurb if I call them with the serial #?

I haven't been able test the sun fading on this one yet because it arrived too late today.  I'll do that tomorrow.  If it works, am I being a worry wort about the refurb issue?  Maybe I should be happy to get one that works.  The idea just rubs me the wrong way, though.
 

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A lot of times they are mark refurbished when someone just decided they didn't want it. Most of the time, if it is a refurb it would have to go through a vigorous testing before sending it out. I have heard that refurb are usually better than new. If it works and doesn't have the sun fading issue, you should be ok.
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
I believe if they give you a refurbished they have to tell you. If you are not sure, you should ask.

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Thanks, Betsy. I will call Monday morning and ask. I asked the CS rep when he was ordering my replacement if it would be new or a refurb. He said there was no way he would be able to tell because the guys in the warehouse just pick one up off the stack and send it. They did overnight it to me. Maybe the sticker just means there is a rush on it to be shipped. I'm probably worrying about nothing but, then, I usually do!
 

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marianner said:
It's right there in the warranty that they can replace it with a refurb. If you didn't think it was "fair," you shouldn't have bought it under those terms.
M-m, guess I didn't pay much attention to that line. I thought a defective item that is within weeks of being brand new would be replaced with another brand new item. I could understand a refurb if it was months old.

Oh, well, I don't even know if it is a problem yet. We'll see.
 

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Kathy said:
A lot of times they are mark refurbished when someone just decided they didn't want it. Most of the time, if it is a refurb it would have to go through a vigorous testing before sending it out. I have heard that refurb are usually better than new. If it works and doesn't have the sun fading issue, you should be ok.
That's probably true, Kathy.
 

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when my 10 month old kindle 1 broke amazon replaced it under warranty and the replacement kindle 1 had a red dot sticker on the outer plastic wrapper.  i was thinking the dot meant it was a refurb unit.  might be worth asking cs to find out.

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marianner said:
It's right there in the warranty that they can replace it with a refurb. If you didn't think it was "fair," you shouldn't have bought it under those terms.
How would you read the warranty if you hadn't already bought it?
 

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I also received a replacement for my K2 that was having the sun fading issue and the big orange/red sticker was on the box of my replacement as well.  Also, the plastic sheeting on the face of the Kindle itself was slapped on haphazardly and there was gooey stuff on the back of the unit.  In the end, I sent back the replacement and kept my original K2 because the "replacement" was actually worse than the one it was supposed to replace with the sun issue.  I still love my K2 and am actually glad I didn't have to relinquish my original as I have grown quite attached to her!
 

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Susan in VA said:
How would you read the warranty if you hadn't already bought it?
Yeah, now that you mention it, how?
 

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Seamonkey said:
That came from the Amazon site on the page where you buy a new K2.
Thanks, seamonkey. You know, most warranties probably say the same thing. I've just never had to put it into proctice. I dought if, even knowing that, it would have stopped me from buying a Kindle. I realize now it is legal to send a refurbished replacement. Still just doesn't 'seem' right with a brand new device. Maybe there should be a cutoff point, like maybe 90 days. I realize there is a 30 day period to get a refund and return it. But, my problem didn't appear within that 30 days.

Oh, well, dem's da breaks.
 

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Trekker said:
Now that's interesting....my 3rd K2 had the orange/red sticker on it and also had gooey stuff on the back. I thought that maybe someone had a skin on it that was removed. It certainly doesn't look "brand new." I'm still waiting for some sun to test it. If it doesn't fade, I'll keep it, I don't care if it's a refurb or not.
I'll probably do the same thing, Trekker. What choice do I have? I'll be happy to be able to read it. Hope you have good luck with your sun test.

The same thought occurred to me when I opened the replacement. It didn't have gooey stuff on it, but it didn't look brand new. There were little bits of fine black dust clinging to it. Some of the dust was under the clear protector on the front. I gently blew it off - didn't wipe it, for fear of scratching the screen. It's OK, though.
 

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Is there something wrong with the replacement? If it works, you are ahead of where you were with the sun fading issue.
 

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intinst said:
Is there something wrong with the replacement? If it works, you are ahead of where you were with the sun fading issue.
Nothing obviously wrong with it but haven't been able to test the sun fading issue yet. I'm hoping I have a good result.
 

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It sounds like they're getting quite a few K2s returned for the dimming issue - - I wonder if they are applying some sort of fix to that and then turning those units around as refurbished warranty-replacements.

It seems that there would not be a lot of K2 refurbs stockpiled in Amazon, other than the ones returned for the dim-text issue.
 

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Harvey said:
It sounds like they're getting quite a few K2s returned for the dimming issue - - I wonder if they are applying some sort of fix to that and then turning those units around as refurbished warranty-replacements.

It seems that there would not be a lot of K2 refurbs stockpiled in Amazon, other than the ones returned for the dim-text issue.
That's what I thought, Harvey. But, then, refurbs aren't always repaired. Sometimes if an order is in the shipping process and someone cancels it or someone changes their mind and refuses delivery, those Kindles have to go into the refurb pile. At least that's how I understand other companies operate.
 
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