Amazon has been advertising their Kindle trade-in program again lately that includes a $20 bonus credit toward the purchase of a new Kindle.
It’s a promotion that’s been ongoing all year so it’s not anything new, but looking at some of the trade-in values some are so low it’s hardly worth the trouble of trading them in.
For instance, if your Kindle doesn’t work right or it has a cracked screen you can only get $5 for it, even if it’s the 3G Kindle Oasis without ads that sells for $379.
That brings up another interesting detail. If you paid and extra $70 for a Kindle with 3G wireless, that doesn’t add one single dollar to the trade-in value.
Another point to note is that all Kindle Paperwhites have the same trade-in value. If you buy a brand new Kindle Paperwhite 3 today its trade-in value is the exact same as a Paperwhite 1 that was released 5 years ago.
All Kindle Paperwhite models have a trade-in value of $35. Add the $20 bonus credit to that and $55 for a Paperwhite 1 seems pretty good considering new ones frequently go on sale for $99.
Some of the trade-in values make no logical sense. Like the original Kindle Touch is only worth $10 and yet the same generation non-touch model is worth twice as much.
Below is the list of current Kindle trade-in values for devices in good working condition without a cracked screen. If it has a cracked screen or other problem then it’s only worth $5, but it’s still an easy way to unload a broken Kindle to get $25 off a new one.
Kindle Trade-in Values
Kindle Keyboard (3rd Gen) – $10
Kindle Touch (4th Gen) – $10
Kindle (4th Gen) – $20
Kindle (5th Gen) – $20
Kindle (7th Gen) – $20
Kindle (8th Gen) – $20
Kindle Paperwhite (All Versions) – $35
Kindle Voyage (7th Gen) – $65
Kindle Oasis (8th Gen) – $100