Remember when a Kindle was a big, bulky thing that cost $399, and you couldn't even get one? That was a scant six years ago. It's amazing the difference a few years can make.
To wit: In a move that will undoubtedly satisfy legions of near-last-minute gift shoppers, Amazon just served up the Kindle deal of the year.
Today only, and while supplies last, you can get the Kindle with Special Offers e-reader for $49 shipped. That's a $20 savings and the lowest price ever on a new Kindle direct from Amazon.
Make no mistake, this is the entry-level model. It relies on physical buttons (horrors!) for page turning and menu navigation, and its 6-inch display, while impressively sharp and glare-free, offers no illumination like with the Kindle Paperwhite.
On the other hand, it does include Special Offers, which I've. Along with everyday ads, Amazon occasionally slips in a deal (or even freebie) you won't find anywhere else.
CNET called this an "excellent no-frills e-ink reader," while Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.4 stars out of 5. And that was at the $69 price point.
Needless to say, this would make a great gift for anyone who hasn't yet tried an e-reader. And even with the free shipping option, you should be able to get it in time for Christmas. (Amazon Prime subscribers definitely will.)
Bonus deal: I'm bummed because this was $10 less last night, but it's still a really terrific deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has the Sceptre X322BV-HDR 32-inch HDTV for $179 shipped (or with free site-to-store shipping) plus tax. It features a 720p display resolution and three HDMI inputs. Oh, and Ebates currently offers 3 percent back on Walmart purchases, so you can get roughly another $5 off.
Bonus deal No. 2: Did you know Skype allows for group calling? Maybe, but did you also know you can get a year of Skype group video calls for free? It's true. Free group calls, free group screen-sharing, free live support, and no ads. It's aimed at business users, but no doubt you could use it for personal stuff as well. A group consists of 3-10 people.
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