San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Seattle — Amazon is pumping up tablet competition by dropping the prices of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet by $30 for the Wi-Fi version and by $100 for the 4G version.
Both versions became available in the U.S. late last year. Amazon cited the economies of scale that will accrue now that it has opened up distribution to Europe and Japan.
New York — Tablet sales during the fourth quarter of 2012 accounted for almost half of all of last year’s sales, according to Futuresource.
The research firm reported global sales during the quarter reached 64 million units and totaled 136 million units for all of 2012. The quarterly sales figure represented a 100 percent increase over the fourth quarter in 2011 and for the year, tablet sales were up 119 percent, said Arun Gill, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting.
Seattle — Amazon.com is offering a $50 discount on its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD today.
The one-day sale suggests that demand for its top-of-the-line tablet may be trailing that of its lower-priced 7-inch models.
The temporary discount brings the price of the 8.9-inch 4G LTE wireless Kindle Fire with 32GB and sponsored screensavers down to $449 from $499, and reduces the 64GB model to $549 from $599.
Similarly, the price of the Wi-Fi only, screen-saver subsidized version will be reduced to $249 from $299, and the 32GB model will sell for $319, down from $369.
Grapevine, Texas — GameStop has joined the roster of retailers carrying Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire tablets.
The specialty gaming chain is now selling the 7-inch HD model ($200) in all U.S. GameStop locations, and is offering the 8.9-inch HD version ($300) and basic Kindle Fire ($160) in select stores.
Seattle — The 2013 edition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the best ever in sales of Kindle products, Amazon said.
Without revealing specific numbers, online retailer said customers purchased the seven different Kindle products in record numbers. The biggest driver was the Cyber Monday special that dropped the price of the Kindle Fire to $129.
Cyber Monday was the best day for Kindle sales worldwide, the company said.