Ebay Sellers Taking Advantage of The Kindle Shortage (Updated).

If you’ve tried to purchase a kindle within the last few weeks, you may have seen this notice:

Due to heavy customer demand, Kindle is sold out. Because orders are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis, please ORDER NOW to reserve your place in line. Your Kindle will not arrive by December 24th. Note that Kindles cannot currently be sold or shipped to customers living outside of the U.S. Giving Kindle or Kindle Books as gifts? Click here for a printable Kindle gift card.”

Update: Kindle in now in stock and is being shipped immediately!

But is Kindle sold out because because of a genuine “heavy customer demand?” or is it sold out because of “greed?”

While there are many genuine Kindle buyers out there waiting in line for the arrival of their “beloved” Kindle, there seem to be others simply looking to capitalize on this “strange” Kindle shortage. Just take a moment and hop over to Ebay.com and you will see what I mean. Ebay Kindle sellers are popping up everywhere. They seem to have found their way to the front of the line, bought quite a few Kindles, and is re-selling them at exorbitant prices.

But, are they responsible for the shortage? And why would anyone in their “right mind” want to buy kindle at such inflated prices when they can simple order via Amazon.com for $399, wait a short while, and have it delivered at there doorsteps? The answer… Kindle makes the perfect holiday gift…and with Amazon out of stock, Ebay sellers get to name their prices.

But, is there a backlash on the horizon? Will we see a lot or returns after the holiday season? The answer will depend on how quickly Amazon get enough Kindle back in stock. I suspect that if they do it fast enough, we will see a lot of Ebay Kindle returns in January… Stay tuned.

Whatever happens, Ebay sellers look to make a “killing.” The longer, Amazon takes to get Kindle in stock, the longer the Kindle line will be get, and the more Ebay sellers stands to profit.

That said, if you cannot wait, and don’t mind spending a little extra, you might as well just hop on over to Ebay.com and get your copy. This way you won’t be at a disadvantage should Amazon decide to “drag its feet.” Just remember that you can always return it after the holidays if you think that you paid too much.