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On to business. While supplies last, Wal-Mart has the Canon Pixma MG2120 multifunction printer and Wintec 4GB flash drive for $29.98, plus sales tax and shipping.
The latter adds around $6, unless you bump your cart total to $45, in which case it's free. School supplies, anyone?
Speaking of which, this back-to-school bundle gives students four critical items: a printer, a scanner, a copier, and a flash drive. This last comes in your choice of colors: green, blue, or purple. You must select one in order to add the bundle to your cart.
As noted on the product page, "Items in this bundle may be sold separately in stores." In other words, this is probably an online-only deal. You could try hitting your local Wal-Mart store to see if they'll give you this same bundle, but I doubt it.
The MG2120 is, unsurprisingly, a fairly no-frills MFP, offering a flatbed scanner (i.e. one page at a time) and USB connectivity. Of course, most students probably don't need a wireless printer, especially those living in dorm rooms.
Yeah, yeah, I know, this whole package costs less than an ink-cartridge replacement pack. But ink is crazy expensive regardless of the printer you buy, so why not get the cheapest deal you can on the printer itself?
For a mere 30 bucks, this MFP/flash-drive bundle is darn near impossible to beat.
Bonus deal: Looking for an MFP that's a little more robust, like for a home office? Today only, GearXS has the Canon Pixma MX432 wireless multifunction printer for $59.99, plus around $10 for shipping. It's new, not refurbished, and it can print, scan, copy, and fax. It has a 30-sheet ADF and supports Apple's AirPrint technology.
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