Take a full year to pay for a Kindle Fire HDX today
Amazon is making one last effort to sell more Kindle Fire HDX tablets this holiday shopping season by offering buyers an extended payment plan free of interest. The way it works is rather simple -- you pay 25 percent of the retail cost at checkout, and the remaining balance is billed in three equal installments every 90 days. There are no finance charges, hidden fees, credit check, or application process to go through.
The final price is the same whether you pay the full cost upfront or spread it out over a year with a 25 percent initial payment, so you have that going for you. However, if you don't make one of the payments, Amazon goes into geek mafia mode and can deregister the device, blocking your ability to access Amazon content (partially bricking it, in other words). The e-tailer might also suspend or terminate your account. It's not clear what kind of grace periods, if any, exist but the consequences are something to be aware of.
As for eligible tablets, they include the $229 Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch (4 payments of $75.25 plus tax and shipping) and $379 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch (four payments of $94.25 plus tax and shipping). Amazon's wording makes it seem like additional SKUs will be available, but as of right now, those are the only two showing the quarterly payment option.