28 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2015 11:41 AM by bobstro

    B&N offering trade-in store credit for old NOOKS

    bobstro

      According to an article on Mashable.com, those old NOOKs are worth $30 if they work. I've got 2 NSTs, 2 NCs and a NT I'm going to try getting some last value out of.

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          The_Walrus_43

          Sorry but you're out of luck on the NST's...

              

          From the article..

          Through Jan. 17 of next year, the retailer will accept used models of the Nook 1st Edition, Nook Color and Nook Tablet for store credit. If the devices work,

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              MacMcK1957

              I wish they'd had this before I bought my NGTS.  I certainly have no need for another tablet, but I'd love the opportunity to trade in my N1E.

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                  bobstro

                  I just called my local B&N. It looks like the Mashable article got it right. You can bring in an old N1E, NC or NT (not NST/G) and get a $30 credit towards a Samsung NGTS. Limited to one trade-in per NGTS, sadly.

                   

                  I'm going to have to think about this one. I don't have any real need for a 7 inch NGTS, and the 10 is too expensive. On the other hand, it would be nice to offload one of the NCs I have taking up room on the shelf... though this only trades one for another. I wonder if I really have to flash the original firmware back onto it first?

                   

                  I should stand out front offering to sell my old gizmos for $20.

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                      AnitaInTN

                      Nice that there is a rebate for some of the older devices....if you have too many.

                       

                      I've only got the one surplus NC, and I've decided to keep it for an 'accessible' backup.  Just as well since I already bought a NGTS7; I'd be ticked had I wanted to get rid of the NC. 

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                        TEGriffin

                        I took advantage of the offer and traded both my wife's and my NCs in for the new Tab4 Nooks.  I don't know that you will have to reflash yours, but when i traded them in the store verified that the old NCs turned on and worked, then proceeded to do a reset to factory settings.  So, if you can do the factory reset from your current firmware version then you should be all set. 

                         

                        As far as the deal, I found it to be pretty good.  When we made the trade, the new 7 inch tablets were on sale for $149.  With the $30 credit and our 10% off for being B&N members, I ended up paying $104.99.  Granted, these aren't the most sophisticated tablets on the market, but being a full-fledged tablet is a big plus for me.  Plus, since I already own multiple Samsung devices I really like it.

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                    RHWright

                    At that price and with those restrictions, I don't know if I would trade in my NST, even if they would take it.

                     

                    Now for a newer e-ink device, maybe. But for this latest iteration of a tablet? Pass.

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                      keriflur

                      Pass. You'd pretty much have to pay me to take a NGTS home - no need for it and we've got too many unused electronics as it is. Give me $30 to buy books and we're talking.

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                        bobstro

                        If I weren't already drowning in gizmos, I might do it, especially with the sale price. I just don't need another little Android right now. Instead, I'm ripping my hair out trying to do things on this supposedly amazing OS X MacBook. What a pain in the ass.

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                            keriflur

                            Bob George wrote:

                             

                            Instead, I'm ripping my hair out trying to do things on this supposedly amazing OS X MacBook. What a pain in the ass.

                            Why on earth did you buy a macbook? You don't strike me as someone who would want one.

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                                bobstro

                                keriflur wrote:

                                [...] Why on earth did you buy a macbook? You don't strike me as someone who would want one.

                                Long stupid story. Corporate standard is Windows (of course), with a corporate image that insists any of the security tools I use to actually do work are "hacker tools" (no kidding), so I started running Linux with virtualized Windows for Visio, etc. That actually worked very well until recently, but now our next corporate machines are going to be those stupid convertible Dells (crappy Win table, clunky laptop modes), and there's little chance I'll get Linux to work with all the proprietary hardware, and I don't feel like fighting that battle. Most of the tools I use can run on *nix, and thus OS/X, but I hadn't realized I'd have to pay through the nose for every bleedin' one of 'em.

                                 

                                It (MB Air 11) is awesome hardware. I'm just underwhelmed with all the OS/X rough edges. Hadn't expected to need a cheat sheet full of key code combinations to do basic things. Seriously, I can't put it to sleep by tapping the power button? Sort Launchpad? I should just launch vim fullscreen and be done with it.

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                                    keriflur

                                    LOL. Okay. So you CAN sort your launchpad, just drag and drop the icons where you want them, or put one on top of the other to create a folder. You CAN tap the power button and select the sleep option (never knew that was there, but tried it and it came up). And if you only want to put the screen to sleep, you can set a hot corner for that (in settings under screensaver, bascially it allows you to drag the mouse to the corner of the screen and it puts the screen to sleep). I've got my bottom right set to turn the screen off and bottom left to turn on the screensaver.

                                     

                                    Unless...they took those features out of the newer OS versions. I'm on mountain lion.

                                     

                                    Yes, if you're a key-code user, the keycodes are different, but not THAT different. You basically use command instead of control for most things.

                                     

                                    The key is that you need to mentally choose to get to know OSX. If you're doing it out of bitterness, everything will seem like a pain. But if you accept that this is your new working environment and that you need to get used to it as fast as possible, it will go a lot easier.

                                     

                                    FWIW, I find OSX as easy or easier to use than Win 7 and 100 times easier to use than Win 8.  And when you say "rough edges" I've no idea what you're talking about. I recall having some frustrations when I first got my MBA two years ago, but now I can't seem to recall what they were or why they would have bothered me.

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                                      captainnook

                                      Bob George wrote:

                                       

                                      I'm just underwhelmed with all the OS/X rough edges.

                                      All the devs I work with that have Macbooks run Ubuntu in VMWare. I don't think they even know what the Finder is.

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                                          keriflur

                                          captainnook wrote:

                                           

                                          Bob George wrote:

                                           

                                          I'm just underwhelmed with all the OS/X rough edges.

                                          All the devs I work with that have Macbooks run Ubuntu in VMWare. I don't think they even know what the Finder is.

                                          Given how heavy the drain of a VM is in the battery, either they don't use their VM as much as you think or they're always connected to outlets. If you want to live connected to a plug socket, that's always an option, but learning to use an extremely user-friendly OS seems like a much better option, IMO.

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                                              bobstro

                                              keriflur wrote:

                                              Given how heavy the drain of a VM is in the battery, either they don't use their VM as much as you think or they're always connected to outlets.

                                              I am currently using vbox just to get started, but I'm looking into Parallels because of purported better battery life, performance and disk thriftiness. I've looked into installing Linux as the base OS, but there are still issues with, you guessed it, battery life. Not exactly why I went with an Air.

                                               

                                              I'm definitely going to be running Linux in a VM. Since OS/X is based on BSD, I expected to find a wealth of Open Source software ready to go. I can. A lot of what I'm used to quickly downloading for free is available for a nominal fee ($7-30) in the App store. I'm sure putting a Mac wrapper on it justifies those "development costs".

                                              If you want to live connected to a plug socket, that's always an option, but learning to use an extremely user-friendly OS seems like a much better option, IMO.

                                              Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying it's bad. I'm just surprised at how many times I'm finding myself, not exactly a newbie with computers or GUIs (including a Mac SE way back when), and having trained system engineers in the installation and support of Apple systems back in the 1990's, wondering what the hell to do.

                                               

                                              I'm not sure why, and no doubt it's my fault, but pressing the power button on my Air does not put it to sleep (Yosemite). Remembering that there was a key combination, I set about trying a few. One of the first I discovered must've been Command-Control-power. Not exactly what I was looking for.

                                               

                                              The one I am most annoyed with is Finder. I can slouch back and one-handedly drill down several levels using my mouse. How do I back up a level? The button with the up arrow is Share (sheesh). There's no ".." entry to click on. Do I seriously have to move my hand back to the keyboard, both hands to do it comfortably in fact, to go back up a level? I've searched around but am not finding a mouseable "up one level" button. OK, I'm proficient with vi. I'll use the keyboard. How do I go down a level?

                                               

                                              And seriously, sort Launchpad by hand? I'm hoping I'm wrong on that one.

                                               

                                              The hardware makes up for a lot. The software is OK overall. I'm not a Windows fan by a long shot, and the various Open Source alternatives each have their quirks (never mind Unity). I just didn't expect to be resorting to a cheat sheet on the Mac given it's reputation. I'll get it all in a few days, I'm just not blown away by the improved experience.

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                                                  bobstro

                                                  Hmm. Can't seem to edit my post. Did just find the Finder View->Show Path Bar and Command-Click the title options. Not exactly "intuitive", but they work. I was getting worried when I started reading about people writing scripts to move up a level!

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                                                      keriflur

                                                      I f$&@ing give up trying to reply to things on this site on my phone. Jeez, what a train wreck Jive is. Just wasted 20 minutes trying to edit a reply while the darn thing skipped all over the place  - LOVE typing when I can't see the words, or typing and having nothing show up in the box, GREAT work Jive! - and then the crapping thing ate the post.

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                                                          bobstro

                                                          Much of my annoyance with Apple has evaporated with the realization that Target Disk Mode did not go away (I remember it from early MacBooks) and realizing I have the ability to plug my Air into the iMac 27 5K. Best deal for road warriors ever!

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                                                            Froide

                                                            I had a similar experience this morning.

                                                             

                                                            And no - to anyone who might inquire - I'm completely uninterested in downloading the Jive app or software to my device, no matter how many points I'd earn for doing so.

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                                                                DeanGibson

                                                                So, I did a bit of searching.  Jive is apparently very expensive.  A review apparently not written by a real user (and more so by the commenters, ):  A Jive Software Review

                                                                 

                                                                Quote:

                                                                Jive is aggressively burning through that investor cash—investing heavily in its marketing machine with the intent to acquire market share in a seeming green field market. Signs of the company's progress are no more apparent than with the just filed $100 million IPO registration. It's now no secret that Jive has posted a loss every year, for the last five years. And with business costs rising, Jive does not expect to be profitable for "the foreseeable future." And as stated in the IPO registration, Jive Software "has a limited operating history, and a history of cumulative losses"—the company's growth is clearly dependent upon the widespread adoption of social business software.

                                                                 

                                                                So, B&N has found a partner with a similar business model.

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                                                                  keriflur

                                                                  I've tried the Jive app and it's not great. Half the functionality is missing. If it fixed the problems I'd use it, but it doesn't.

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                                                  XRaiderV1

                                                  is this credit towards the ngts? or can it be put towards content if you already have an NGTS?

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                                                    klavierfrau

                                                    What about the HD+? My battery, less than 2 years old, is worthless. Still I paid $300 for this thing and would hate to trade it in for $30 and go from a 10" screen to 7".

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                                                        TEGriffin

                                                        The trade in is good for Nook Tablets, so I believe the HD+ would qualify in that case.  Does your HD hold any charge at all?  If not, then I don't think you could trade it in anyway as I had to prove that mine were in working order before I could do the trade.  $30 isn't a huge amount, anyway, but then again with electronics in today's world what cost several hundred a few years ago isn't worth much, if anything, today.

                                                         

                                                        If you want to keep your HD+, google replacing the battery on one.  I know there are youtube videos and I believe even kits sold to help you change the battery out.

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                                                            XRaiderV1

                                                            what gets to me is they've limited the credit towards the purchase of new hardware, what if someone already has the new hardware, why cant they put that towards content for said hardware? they'd get way the heck many more takers for it.

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                                                                bobstro

                                                                Hey, I wish I could trade in my 2 NC, 1 NT and 2 NST for some sort of content credit as well. Truth be told, though, they're not trying to give us anything. They're trying to push the new tablet line. I get the feeling the trade-in is to kill two birds with one stone. Get some N1Es out of circulation and wind down the 3G service, or get some old NC/NT hardware out of the legacy support queue, and not lose too much on the new tablet in the hope that future content purchases will make up for it. If they don't achieve 2 of those goals with each exchange, it's not so much a win for B&N. I think existing NGTS, NST/G, HD/+ customers are viewed as "in" already, sort of like those 3 months free service only for new subscriber offers.