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Black Friday deal week: Manic Monday

Lots of great deals, including dirt-cheap cloud backup and a $50 touch-screen Nook e-reader with GlowLight.

This is going to be a crazy week. Already over the weekend I've seen a Dell laser printer with Wi-Fi for $29.99 (already sold out), a 16GB iPad Air for $449 (also sold out), and so on. Stores are really taking this "early Black Friday" thing to heart, so the deals are coming fast and furious -- and, unsurprisingly, selling out quickly.

That's why I'm going to devote this week to as many sweet deals as I can find, starting with this one:

Cheap e-reader

Barnes & Noble

I first spotted this yesterday, so I don't know how much longer the sale will be in effect (it may very well end this morning) or what kind of supply is left.

That said, Best Buy has the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight for $49.99 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable). That's half off the regular price of this popular 6-inch e-reader.

And while you're waiting for it to arrive, check out Sharon Vaknin's "Ten most useful Nook tips and tricks," including checking out library books for free (one of my favorite activities).

Cheap cloud backup

I guess I should hyphenate properly: that's cheap cloud-backup. Don't want anyone to think this is about backing up cheap clouds.

Backblaze is a backup service similar to Carbonite and Mozy, offering continuous, automated backup of all your data. It affords unlimited space, and its client software (available for Windows and Mac) will automatically sift through your hard drive to find photos, music, documents, and other critical data, thus eliminating a lot of the typical backup hassles.

For a limited time, AppSumo is once again offering a one-year Backblaze subscription for $25. Regular price: $50. (After you click through, scroll down to see the details.)

Feel the Payne

Game time! If you passed on Max Payne 3 when it debuted last year, your patience has paid off: Amazon has Max Payne 3 (Win) and Max Payne 3 Season Pass for $6.99. The latter gives you access to all the add-on content packs.

While you're at it, why not grab the BioShock Triple Pack for $14.99? It includes all three games in the incredible series, including the recent BioShock Infinite.

An embarrassment of flash-drive riches

This 32GB flash drive is just 10 bucks. Ten bucks!
This 32GB flash drive is just 10 bucks. Ten bucks! Staples

Staples is really rocking the deals this week. Those two examples I gave you up top? Both were from Staples. Consequently, this one is likely to sell out right out the time I finish typing this sentence.

But maybe not. While supplies last, Staples has the SanDisk Cruzer Blade 32GB USB 2.0 flash drive for $9.99 with free ship-to-store, plus sales tax. I don't believe I've ever seen a 32GB drive for under 10 bucks.

Update: Unsurprisingly, this is already sold out. Here's a close second: Newegg has the PNY Attache 2 32GB flash drive for $12.99 shipped.

Of course, I have to ask: Does anyone still use these things?

Roku box for a Chromecast price

Hey, you. Yeah, you -- the last guy on the planet who doesn't have a Roku box. DealFisher once again has the refurbished Roku HD streaming media box for $34.99 shipped. That's the same price you'd pay for a Google Chromecast -- but the box does so much more.

This is an older model, yes, and it's limited to 720p streaming, but it still gives you access to nearly every streaming service there is. For 35 bucks!

Tune in tomorrow...

...for more great Black Friday deal-week deals. Oh, and if you're looking for a wonderful gift item, "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets" is now available in print! With a little careful bending, it would slip very nicely into a stocking. Just saying.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight