I'm just going to go ahead and apologize right now for this being sold out, which it inevitably will be by the time the Cheapskate newsletter arrives in your inbox. It doesn't seem to matter how many times I say so, but if you want to catch the deals while they're in stock, you have to visit the site in the morning. I almost always post before noon, ET, and more often in the 9-10 a.m. range. OK, end of rant.
Looking for an inexpensive media-center extender? Check this out: GameStop has the refurbished Xbox 360 Pro 20GB for just $99.99, plus sales tax in some states and $4.49 for shipping.
Oh, you can play games on it, too.
Here's what the bundle includes:
- Xbox 360 console (white)
- 20GB hard drive
- One wireless controller (white)
- Ethernet cable
- HD component cables
- AC cable
- AV cable component headset
- 90-day manufacturer's warranty
In short, you get everything you'd get from a new Xbox 360, save for a one-year warranty. The only thing I don't know is how old these units are, and whether they're likely to suffer the dreaded Red Ring of Death.
It seems doubtful (surely those flawed Xboxes are long gone by now?), but those of you more educated on the subject than I will know better. Hit the comments, if you please.
In case you didn't really get my earlier joke, the Xbox 360 makes an excellent media-center extender. (In fact, it's the only real option these days.) Pop a TV tuner into your PC to turn it into an awesome DVR, then watch live and recorded shows via the Xbox. Works great.
At this price, these won't last. Hope you're able to snag one!
Bonus deal: As reported over at Dealnews this morning, Gameloft is currently offering a number of pricey iPad games for just 99 cents each. Best bets: Spider-Man: Total Mayhem and Real Soccer 2011 HD.