So I bought a new one, the $109 jobby, from the same online dealer as the previous Kindle.
However, they've installed a Chinese OS called Duokan. I don't want a Chinese OS, I want a standard Kindle. Some info on Duokan:
What is Duokan?
Its an alternative OS for the Kindle developed by a Chinese team. It's also available on Kindle2/Kindle DX/Kindle DXG. It's free for non-commercial use. It doesn't overwrite the official system in Kindle, but works as a secondary system. After installation, there's a boot menu where you can select from Duokan or the official system by pressing 1 or 2 ("Q" and "W" on a Kindle 3). Duokan improves on the compatiblity with Chinese characters of the K3, along other key features. It has a new PDF reader which provides full-screen reading, cropping the white margin and better support of two/four-column papers. Duokan can also do partial screen refreshes which is faster when switching pages compared with the default black screen refresh used in the original system. Users report that Duokan works better with comics and some complicated PDF files.
I tried getting rid of this OS by deleting their files and rebooting. No go - the Kindle page was half-loaded up and then it reverted to Duokan homepage.
Any suggestions, other than sending it back to the dealer (another 10 day wait)..