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Happy Monday, cheeps! I know many of you were unable to grab that sweet $9.99 Bluetooth speaker deal from last week, but rest assured I'll keep my eyes open for similar bargains in the future. (And here I thought everyone was sick of speakers!) Needless to say, killer deals like that tend to sell out or expire quickly -- but there's always another one just around the corner.
For example: Also for a limited time, and also while supplies last, you can get a Seedforce waterproof portable Bluetooth 4.1 speaker for $10.99 when you apply coupon code FGYX33GA at checkout. The seller is Tacklife, so if you see a different "sold by" vendor when you get to Amazon, it could mean Tacklife is out of stock and the deal is effectively over. And yes, "Seedforce" is a weird name for a speaker.
Can't say I love the army-green color, but the 16-hour playtime, built-in NFC support and submersible (!) casing help make up for it.
All that is simply to say, if you miss a deal, don't fret! I know what ma cheeps like, and if you keep reading, I'll keep deal-hunting. Deal? Deal!
While we're on the subject of speakers, let's talk about ways to make music come out of them. I've always loved the streaming service Pandora, in part because it helps me discover new music and in part because it's free.
Of course, free Pandora means ad-filled Pandora and fairly frequent station timeouts. If you want a more premium Pandora experience, you need Pandora One.
That option normally costs $4.99 per month, but for a limited time you can get two months of Pandora One for free. For the next 60 days, you'll enjoy freedom from commercials, more song skips (free Pandora limits the number of times you can skip), fewer timeouts and, if you're listening on the Web, a 192Kbps bit rate (as opposed to the usual 128Kbps).
As you might expect, taking advantage of this deal means providing a credit card number, because after this two-month "trial," your subscription will auto-renew at the regular rate. Of course, you can cancel before that happens, unless you decide you love being a One-percenter. (See what I did there?)
Personally, though, I think if you're going to spend money on a music service, you're better off paying $10 a month for something like Google Play Music or Spotify. That's largely because you gain access to a significantly larger library, you can download music for offline listening and they have their own music-discovery areas.
Make no mistake: I love Pandora. Love, love, love it. I'm just not convinced that One is worth the money. But will I take two months of it for free? Absolutely.
Bonus deal: Daily-deal site Woot typically trades in refurbished gear, so this is a pleasant surprise. Today only, and while supplies last, you can get a new HP Officejet 6815 all-in-one printer for $74.99, plus $5 for shipping. It features duplex printing, AirPrint support, fax capabilities and a touchscreen control panel. And although HP ink cartridges tend to be pricey, you can save big by opting for remanufactured cartridges.