Never, ever pay full price for smartphone or tablet accessories. If you walk into, say, an Apple Store or Best Buy in search of a case or sync/charge cable, you're going to pay a huge markup. You'll also find a much smaller selection than you would online.
Take, for example, the Amazon Origami Case for Kindle Fire HDX. It's awesome, as it not only covers the screen, but also folds into various configurations that stand the tablet in portrait or landscape orientation. Alas, it's $55.
If you happened to grab an HDX the other day when I wrote about Amazon's sale (it's still on -- you can still get the 7-inch HDX for $199), here's hoping you didn't spend that kind of money on a case.
Because for a limited time, you can actually get two similar Kindle HDX cases (for the 7-inch model) for $9.98. That price includes shipping if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, or if you pad your cart to at least $35. Alternately, shipping adds $10, but that's still a steal on a pair of cases that would cost you nearly $80 if purchased from a brick-and-mortar.
To get the deal, do this: Add the rooCase Dual-View Folio Case to your cart. Next, add the rooCase Slim Shell Origami Case to your cart. Then, when you get to checkout, apply coupon code W7Y7G8PQ. That'll drop your total price to $9.98.
Now, the Dual-View Folio Case you must get in black. But if you want the Slim Shell in a different color, you have five other options -- each requiring a different coupon code than the one mentioned above:
- Slim Shell Blue: MAZLXZI6
- Slim Shell Gray: 6TBE32M9
- Slim Shell Magenta: VXGBIXGO
- Slim Shell Purple: SKBOHPIH
- Slim Shell Red: D9ZISOBG
So, to recap, add the Dual-View Folio Case to your cart, then click the Slim Shell link, choose the color you want (black or one of the other five), add that to your cart, and then apply the appropriate coupon code.
As you can see, both cases are very highly rated, and both give you better overall protection than Amazon's Origami (which covers only the screen). Plus, both can fold up for that prized portrait/landscape viewing capability.
I realize not everyone owns a Kindle Fire HDX, but I hope this illustrates my point about accessories. I shudder to think of someone paying $30 to $60 for a tablet case when there are perfectly good alternatives for a fraction of the price.
Bonus deal: Game time! While "supplies" last, Bundle Stars is giving away the indie adventure game Pid (PC/Mac). Regular price: $9.99. All you have to do is sign into your Steam account, sign up for the Bundle Stars newsletter, then wait for your license key to arrive. (Mine came within minutes.) I'm not sure how may keys are available, but in between the time I started writing this post and the time I finished it, the "remaining keys" counter had dipped to around 12,000, then suddenly jumped up to over 26,000. So your chances of getting the game are good, at least as of this morning.
Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of freebies, the number of folks who need or want to copy Blu-ray discs is probably pretty small, but I'm sure they're out there. And today only, Giveaway of the Day is giving away Aiseesoft Blu-ray Copy (Win), a regularly-$35 utility that -- wait for it -- copies Blu-rays. The catch: You must install and activate the program before the clock strikes midnight. Be sure to click the correct download link and follow the setup/activation instructions, otherwise you'll end up with only the trial version.
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