The Cheapskate's Cyber Monday picks
Five incredible deals that definitely won't last long.
Cyber Monday. The online yang to Black Friday's brick-and-mortar yin. Truth be told, I don't usually find this day terribly exciting, if only because the deals rarely exceed what I find all year 'round.
That said, there are deals to be had, oh yes. Here are five especially good ones.
1. Big TV, small price.
Most bargain-basement TVs incorporate older technology, like traditional backlighting and slow refresh rates. Not this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon has the Westinghouse UW46T7HW 46-inch HDTV for $299.99 shipped.
This model may qualify as entry-level, but it does incorporate LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate. The only downside: just two HDMI inputs. An inexpensive HDMI switch can solve that, but it's still annoying. On the other hand, did you see that price tag? What's more, cashback service TopCashback is offering new Groupon customers 10 percent back on any purchase, or 5 percent back for existing customers. Easy money, people. (Unfamiliar with cashback services? .)
Interestingly, this deal runs for the next six days (unless it sells out), meaning it's not just a Cyber Monday promo. See what I mean?
2. Strap on a smartwatch.
If you've been eyeballing the Pebble smartwatch, which is arguably the only decent product in its class, here's a rare deal: Best Buy has the Pebble watch in red or black for $149.99, plus a $20 Best Buy gift card. (That card will automatically appear in your cart at checkout.)
Shipping is free, though you can get an additional $10 Best Buy gift card by opting for in-store pickup. Either way, sales tax may apply.
Read CNET's review of the Pebble, then check out that greatly improves its capabilities.
3. A $30 sound bar!
Enough said, right? For what promises to be a very limited time, because a sellout is imminent, Tech.Woot has the refurbished RCA RTS7110B 40-inch Bluetooth sound bar for $29.99, plus $5 for shipping.
Yep, this all-in-one speaker not only vastly improves the quality of your TV audio, it also pairs with your smartphone orfor wireless music-streaming goodness. The handful of user reviews I've found have been mixed, but 30 bucks! How can you go wrong?
The Kindle Fire HDX: I'm loving it. This is without question Amazon's best tablet yet, from its razor-sharp screen to its impressive mix of advanced features (including free live tech support via the one-tap Mayday feature).
The 16GB model normally sells for $229, but today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Kindle Fire HDX with Special Offers 7-inch tablet for $179 shipped.
Act fast on this; Amazon's Kindle Fire HD for $119 (its other Cyber Monday deal) is already sold out.
Also, check out Amazon's huge sale on Kindle e-books, including George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" 5-book set for $9.99. And grab this free voucher for 40 percent off select Kindle accessories. Because if you're getting an HDX, you gotta get one of those Origami covers to go with it.
5. Amazingly inexpensive earbuds
You can't have too many pairs of earbuds, especially good ones at this price. While supplies last, IceMonkey has the Logitech Ultimate Ears 350vi (and vm) noise-isolating headset for $15 shipped. (You'll have to scroll down the page a bit to find the product; there's no direct link.)
Note that the vi model was designed for Apple devices, while the vm is for Android users. Both include line-in microphones and volume/playback controls, and both typically sell for around $60. These are new, not refurbished, and they come with a hard-shell case. Grab one before they're gone!
Finally, be sure to check out CNET's roundup of all things Cyber Monday. Happy shopping!
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