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Nate the Great at The Digital Reader notes that one of his readers reported that Barnes and Noble listed refurbished Wi-Fi Nooks on eBay for $79.99 today; it sold 3,590 of them at that price before the listing ended, but has relisted them for $99.99 (and the 3G + WiFi Nook for $119.99) for the next 26 days (or, presumably, until they run out).

The $79.99 price went Amazon’s Black Friday $89.99 2G Kindle refurb deal one better, and the entire-holiday-season length of the deal certainly beats Amazon’s one-day-only offer. Take that, Jeff Bezos! I wonder if Amazon will do anything to retaliate?

It might also be that, like the iPad deals we’re seeing everywhere, this might also be designed to clear the inventory of the current-generation model (which, Amazon smirked, featured the same e-ink screen as its old Kindle) to make way for a new one in the coming year. Just because B&N says they’re “refurbished” does not mean it won’t slip excess inventory factory-fresh units in.

Regardless, this is shaping up to be the Christmas of the discount e-book reader. I can only imagine how low sale prices (and prices in general) will get by this time next year.

 
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