Amazon Coins!

Wow, these new Amazon coins are so cool!

Not only can you use coins for all your Amazon App Store purchases, but you can save as much as 10%!

Learn all about this new Kindle Fire App feature, how to spend your coins, check your balance, and buy yourself more sweet gold!

Amazon Coin for App Store Purchases

(Amazon Coin images copyright Amazon.com)

Lovin' Me Some Gold!

I'm totally diggin' the Amazon woman on the face of these new Amazon coins- she rocks!

Along the outer edge of the front side of the coin it says "AMAZON COIN" and on the back side it says, "MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF".

Amazon Coin Front:
(obverse)

Front of Amazon Coin

Amazon Coin Back:
(reverse)

Back of Amazon Coin

Yeah, I had to look up the word "obverse", I'm not that good!


500 FREE Amazon Coins!

The first time you access the App Store on your Kindle Fire (after this new update) you should see the following image, notifying you of Amazon's 500 coins gift to you, which is the equivalent of $5.00! SWEET!

500 Free Coins from Amazon

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Important Note!

The second generation and Kindle Fire HD are the only tablets that will see the above image, as well as the new coin balance feature, explained below. However, if you have a first generation Kindle Fire you can still buy coins and use them in the Amazon App Store (more on that later).


All current owners of a Kindle Fire should receive this free gift of 500 Amazon coins as well as any NEW Kindle Fire owners from now until December 31, 2013. (See Amazon's Promotional Terms for this deal.)

Unfortunately, the free 500 Amazon Coins are only for U.S. customers. Sorry to all you International Kindle Fire owners! :(

(What a bummer!)


Amazon Coins: Balance & Prices

The Amazon App Store now has a new little popup bar at the bottom right of your screen that shows your Amazon coins balance. It should show your starting balance of your 500 free coins:

500 Coins Balance


Go ahead and tap the coin balance bar:

Tap Coin Balance to Open


This will pop open the Buy Coins screen which shows the cost to buy more coins and how many you get for free. The more money you spend the more free coins you get:

Buy Coins. Save Cash.


Save Money on Amazon Apps & Games!

Purchasing Amazon coins will save money on apps, games, and any in-app content that you buy!

Here's the breakdown of how much you save for each amount:

  • 500 coins for $4.80 saves you $0.20 (4%)
  • 1,000 coins for $9.50 saves you $0.50 (5%)
  • 2,500 coins for $23.00 saves you $2.00 (8%)
  • 5,000 coins for $45.00 saves you $5.00 (10%)
  • 10,000 coins for $90.00 saves you $10.00 (10%)

Mathematically, if you buy 5,000 coins you save the same percentage of 10% as you do when you buy 10,000, it's just double the cost, so double the amount saved.

Buying Amazon Coins

If you'd like to increase your balance and buy more coins just select which amount you want to purchase, and then tap the orange "Buy" button at the bottom right.

For now, I'm going to start with an extra 1,000 Amazon coins:

Tap Buy to Purchase Amazon Coins


You will need to "Confirm Your Purchase":

Tap Confirm Button to Purchase


Yes, I really want to buy more coins. If you've turned on the parental controls password on your Kindle Fire you'll need to enter your password at this point.

After you've confirmed that, yes, you really do want to buy more coins, you'll see that they are now "minting":

Minting Your Coins


Once your coins are done being minted ;) you should see this "Thanks for your order!" screen which also shows your updated balance:

Thanks for your order! You've purchased 1,000 Amazon Coins


Yep, 500 free coins + 1,000 newly minted coins = 1,500 Amazon Coins!

Close the screen and the balance bar at the bottom right now reflects the new total:

1,500 Coins Balance

Be sure to see the Amazon Coins Terms and Conditions for all the legal details.

Also check out this page with more information about the Amazon Coins for Apps and Games.


Spending Your Amazon Coins

The Amazon App Store on your Kindle Fire now shows the cost of an app or game in both regular US dollars and Amazon Coins:

Kindle Fire Game Price: The Room


The above is a game, The Room, that I've had in my "Saved for Later" area, so I think I'll go ahead and buy it with some of my coins.

When you're ready to spend your coins just tap the orange button and a window will pop up:

New Amazon App Store Get App Window


Tapping the GREEN "Get App" button will confirm your purchase, so make sure you really do want to spend your coins (or pay $$) for an app.

Yes, I want the app, so I tap the green button. My coin balance is updated accordingly. 1,500 coins - 199 coin game = 1,301 coins:

1,301 Coins Balance


And that's basically how it's done!

You can only buy apps, games, and in-app content with your Amazon coins. You must also have the required number of coins to make a purchase. If you don't have enough coins you'll need to buy more or purchase something else that costs less coins.


Buying & Using Coins Directly on Amazon.com

If you have the first generation Kindle Fire, or you're on your computer, you can go directly to Amazon.com to purchase and spend coins.

Here's a picture of the Amazon Coins order page:

Amazon Coins Item Order Page


For first generation Kindle Fire owners you will need to use your coins to purchase apps and games on Amazon.com. However, according to Amazon, you can use coins for in-app purchases right from within the app/game. (I still need to test that out.)

Here's a screenshot showing the new purchase options from Plants vs Zombies on Amazon's website:

Plants vs Zombies Order Page with Coins


And here's a closeup of the options which also shows your balance:
(Yes, I took this screenshot before I purchased the app above so I still had all 1,500 coins.)

Spend Amazon Coins for Purchase
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Important Note!

Some additional things to be aware of about Amazon Coins:

  • Purchased coins never expire.
  • You have 12 months to redeem free promotional coins.
  • All sales are final.
  • You can't transfer or give coins to a different account.
  • Coins cannot be used for digital content outside of the Amazon App Store (i.e. books, music, videos, etc)
  • Coins cannot be redeemed for cash.

Be sure to read Amazon Coins Terms and Conditions for all the details!


And there you go!

Another Alternative

Amazon $25 Gift Card

If you're not sure about using Amazon's new coin system you can still use an Amazon gift card to give yourself a pre-purchased amount on your account.

This is still a great Kindle Fire tip since you can use the entire amount left on your card (even if it's only a penny) towards your next purchase, but you can't do that with coins. You either have enough coins to make the purchase, you buy more, or you use regular money.



Check out other great Kindle Fire accessories and Kindle Fire app resources.

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