I meant to share this deal earlier, but kept expecting it would sell out before I got the chance. This is the last day, so I'm hoping I'm not setting you all up for disappointment.
Ending today, and while supplies last, Groupon has the refurbished Google Chromecast for $18. That's after applying coupon code EPIC3 at checkout. Shipping adds $3.99, bringing your out-the-door total to $21.99. Price for a new Chromecast: $35.
For those unfamiliar with it, this is Google's media-streaming HDMI dongle. You plug it into your TV, then use your smartphone or tablet as both the remote and app manager.
So to watch Netflix, say, via the Chromecast, you'll need Netflix on your phone or tablet. Not everybody loves this arrangement -- I tend to prefer a physical remote of the kind that comes with a Fire TV or Roku box -- but, man, it's hard to argue with the price.
What's more, Google continues to, with a big focus on gaming and must-have channels like .
I'll refer you tofor more details, noting that it doesn't take into account some of these more recent developments.
Because this is a refurb, it comes with just a 90-day warranty. New Chromecasts are covered for a full year, though it's not like there's much that can break on these things. Just saying.
What are your thoughts on Google's streaming dongle? A steal at this price, or still not as compelling as the sticks offered by Amazon and Roku?
Bonus deal: If you spend any time (or money) in the Apple ecosystem, you'll appreciate this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Giftcardmall (via eBay) is offering $50 iTunes gift cards for $40. These are physical cards delivered free via US Mail, so perfect for Dad, grad or really early holiday shopping. I have no idea what kind of inventory is available, but as of press time, some 4,000 had already been sold. Apologies if you aren't able to get one before they're gone!
Bonus deal No. 2: Who says home automation has to be complicated -- or expensive? For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the five-pack of Etekcity wireless remote-controlled AC outlets for $19.68 shipped. Plug your lamps, appliances and whatnot into these outlets, then use either of the two included remotes to switch them on or off. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive on both Newegg and Amazon; the latter sells the kit for $30.