As a general rule, Apple products and "Cheapskate" don't belong in the same sentence. But obviously zillions of people love Apple gear, price be damned.
I like Apple gear, too, but damned if I'm going to pay full retail for it. That's why I always advise people towhenever possible. It's usually good as new or darn close to it.
Case in point: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished Apple HomePod smart speaker for $259.99 shipped (plus tax).
Yes, even at $260, the HomePod is crazy-expensive for what it is: A Siri-powered answer to the Amazon Echo, though the latter rarely scores accolades for its sound quality. The HomePod, on the other hand, offers "excellent bass and consistently superior sound quality across a wide variety of music genres."
The only $.02 I can add (because I haven't used one) is that I consider the HomePod one of the uglier products Apple has designed. Did this really come from the same company that gave us the iPhone and MacBook Air?
None of that matters. Some folks just want the Apple HomePod because it's the Apple HomePod, and that's okay. But there's no need to pay $349 when a perfectly good refurb is $260. And although this isn't sold by Apple proper, it comes with a one-year warranty, same as Apple's own refurbs.
Bonus deal: I love me a Kindle, but couldn't see paying $200 for the Kindle Voyage -- not when the nearly-as-good Paperwhite is $120.
Ah, but $150? Now I'd have to think about it. And for a limited time, Amazon is indeed offering the Kindle Voyage ereader for $149.99 shipped. That's a historic low; it's never been below $170.
It's hard to believe Amazon hasn't updated this since 2014, but why mess with nearly perfect? Readif you want to learn more.
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