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Get an 8GB Kingston flash drive for $7.95

While supplies last! And at this price, they won't last long. The DataTraveler 108 features a five-year warranty and decent preloaded software.

Why are you reading this? Go buy one of these drives before they sell out!
Why are you reading this? Go buy one of these drives before they sell out!

The weekend before last, I happened to spy an 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Edge flash drive on sale for just $4.99 at Best Buy. It was sold out online, but the inventory checker showed it to be in stock at my local store. I called first, and, sure enough, they had some. I asked them to hold three, and a couple hours later walked out with three 8GB flash drives for 15 bucks (plus tax). That was a really, really good day.

This deal isn't quite that spectacular, but it's close--and there's no sales tax involved (unless you live in California). It's also equally likely to sell out quickly. (As of 8 a.m. PT, it's in stock!)

While supplies last, has the 8GB Kingston DataTraveler 108 flash drive for $7.95 shipped.

This drive, which sold for a buck more when I featured it a couple months ago, is a lovely shade of fire-engine red, and its capless design relies on a hinged cover that protects the USB connector.

That cover is made of aluminum, meaning the drive should hold up a lot longer than the aforementioned SanDisk Cruzer, which is all plastic and feels really cheap.

Another nice perk is Kingston's preloaded UrDrive software, which features things like a file browser, a portable Web browser, games, and online backup (with 6GB of free storage). I found the interface a little wonky, but it's a nice value-add overall.

Kingston backs the drive (which is tinier than you might think based on the photo) with a five-year warranty. Great, great stocking stuffer.

Bonus deal: Remember yesterday's 8GB laptop-RAM kit for $24.99? Here's the desktop equivalent: while supplies last, Newegg has the G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB Desktop RAM Kit for $24.99 shipped. Same rules apply: make sure you're running a 64-bit version of Windows, and that your motherboard can accommodate this kit's specs (namely, 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM).