The deal can be viewed here. This is last year's model, and is refurbished. Amazon.com introduced the 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD, along with two new HDX models, on Tuesday.
The 2012 model -- though last year's hardware -- is still a serviceable tablet. Currently unavailable as "new" at Amazon.com, you can still find the device being sold by third-party retailers on the Internet giant's site. All of the devices are used, as these are, obviously.
On Amazon.com's site, the used sales start at $111.92, at the time of this writing.
You won't be missing much with the new generation of the Kindle Fire HD. The changes to the 2013 model are not as significant as the moves in their top of the line 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX models.
The changes are minimal internally, except for the new platform. Hardware-wise, the new Kindle Fire, for 2013, has a faster processor and a sleeker design, with more squarish, sharper edges. The bezels around its screen have been reduced in size and its buttons are more flush with the surface of the tablet. Screen resolution has not changed from last year's 1,280 x 800.
In addition, Amazon.com's forked version of Android, Fire OS, gets an upgrade to version 3.0 or Mojito. A killer feature is the 24/7 built-in tech support app known as Mayday. However, that feature will be relegated to the HDX models, as the HD does not have a microphone. Mayday allows end users to access Amazon.com support personnel.
If those upgrades aren't significant to you, perhaps the price difference is: the new version will start at $139, and this refurbished 2012 version is on sale at $99.99, In addition, the new version does not ship until Oct. 2.
According to the eBay seller, these refurbished models “May have very slight scuffing,fully tested and reset, and 100% guaranteed.”
That is the final point. We always warn about checking the stats of the eBay seller, and in this case, it doesn't look like a buyer can go wrong. The seller is directsourceliquidations, which has 506579 feedback reviews and a 99.3 percent positive feedback rating. With that many sales, it is impossible to maintain a 100 percent score, so we would not be concerned with this score.