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Tue Jan 16, 2018, 11:12 AM

Kindle Fire/Amazon/eBay

What's the deal?

eBay keeps threatening my app will stop working. It's version 2.something and is the highest version in the Kindle app store. eBay wants 5 and above, and gives me a download link, but I'd prefer to go through the Kindle app store.

I've not queried eBay (yet), but when I queried Amazon they a) said it was eBay's fault and b) handed me five bucks. Weird.

Anybody know the background of what looks like a feud going on here?

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Reply Kindle Fire/Amazon/eBay (Original post)
Susan Calvin Jan 2018 OP
Egnever Jan 2018 #1
Susan Calvin Jan 2018 #2
Egnever Jan 2018 #3
Susan Calvin Jan 2018 #4
Egnever Jan 2018 #6
Susan Calvin Jan 2018 #7
late Jan 2018 #5
Susan Calvin Jan 2018 #8

Response to Susan Calvin (Original post)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 02:01 PM

1. Amazon does not want you using your subsidized kindle to purchase from other places.

 

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Response to Egnever (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 05:18 PM

2. Oh, that's pretty obvious.

But there's virtually zip in the news or on discussion boards. And Amazon's reaction when I complained was really strange.

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Response to Susan Calvin (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 05:29 PM

3. It's not new

 

Been going on for years now.

The war between Amazon and Google and other retailers like ebay is real.

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Response to Egnever (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 09:18 PM

4. Of course.

But this particular episode, especially Amazon handing me hush money, has me curious for details.

Not to mention that I want my eBay app, even on the Amazon purchasing device. I don't like straight Android tablets - I like my Amazon purchasing device.

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Response to Susan Calvin (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 03:32 PM

6. You can go into settings and turn on developer mode

 

Then enable installs from outside sources. After that you can install apps from anywhere you like.

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Response to Egnever (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:46 PM

7. As it turns out, I didn't have to.

eBay finally did stop working, after months of threats. Then it offered me an update, and it did install OK. Old version still in Kindle store.

As I said, I would like to be a fly on quite a few walls.

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Response to Susan Calvin (Original post)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 12:29 PM

5. The old grey Kindle just ain't what it used to be

I have an older Kindle that doesn't work. It needs updated software and I don't have wifi. I also don't want my computer to have wifi.

I can get it fixed if I call tech support (maybe) but I don't feel I should need to. There ought to be a file I can easily download.

I did download a program so I can read Kindle books on my computer, but I much prefer using the Kindle (or a book) for long stretches of reading.

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Response to late (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:48 PM

8. Ah, you mean the *really* old kind....!

I still have three functional Kindle Keyboards. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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