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Holy multideal Monday, Batman!
In fact, that's a great place to start: For a limited time, CDkeys has Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition (for Windows and Mac) for $3.55. You'll get the key for a digital-download version, which you can redeem with Steam. This "exceptional adventure game" earned a score of 9/10 from GameSpot.
Yes, the game is nearly five years old, but don't let that stop you. It looks fantastic, even by today's standards. Just make sure your PC has the specs to run it smoothly. (Hmm, maybe it's time for a gaming-PC deal? I'll put out the Cheap-signal...)
Who's the Boss?
Bruce Springsteen is widely regarded as a national treasure, but you'll need a small fortune if you want to see him on tour. If you're content to just hear him, good news: Through tomorrow, you can grab a free recording of Springsteen's live performance of "The River" from just last week in Chicago.
To get this amazing freebie, just mouse over Buy Show and choose Free MP3. You'll then need to register for an account with Brucespringsteen.net.
Can't 'beats' this
Whether you're playing a game or listening to music, headphones make it better. Or, in this case, earphones. Today only, and while supplies last, Yugster has Beats by Dre urBeats in-ear noise-isolation headphones for $29.97, plus $5 for shipping. Available in white, these list for $99.95 and sell for at least $60 most other places.
I think everyone here will agree the Beats brand is woefully overpriced. That said, why not enjoy a premium brand if the price is about what you'd pay for a cheap knock-off?
The urBeats include an inline microphone and control module, though Android users should note that only the play/pause button is likely to work.
Update: Sorry, these are all gone now!
Light up your life
You know how nowadays everything is also a mobile charger? Speakers, travel routers,and now lanterns!
For a limited time, you can get the Bienna LED camping lantern and mobile charger for $26.99 shipped (free with Amazon Prime). That's after applying coupon code 7XWEJNH7 at checkout.
Ignore the glowing reviews, which Fakespot suggests are not especially reliable. I checked out the product myself. Although its design seems more suited to a nursery than a campground, it's a solid (and slightly heavy, owing to its 15,600mAh battery) LED light source.
I wouldn't describe it as super-bright, however, and I don't like the fact that it has just two modes: on and off. You can't, for example, switch between the main lights and bottom lights -- it's all or nothing. But it looks cool and supplies two essential features: light and power. Perfect to keep on hand for the next snow-pocalypse!
Speaking of mobile chargers
MyCharge makes some of my favorite mobile chargers, mostly because they have built-in wall prongs or cables -- and sometimes both. Ah, but you know what's still a hassle? Recharging your charger when you're on the go.
Ta-daa! While supplies last, Best Buy (via eBay) has the MyCharge Transit Plus mobile charger for $14.99, with free in-store pickup or $2.99 for shipping. This little battery has built-in, folding wall prongs for super-easy recharging, but also has a built-in car adapter so you can plug it into your cigarette lighter. The only bummer: it supplies a mere 3,000mAh of extra juice for your phone.
Still the printer deal of the century
The very first laser printer I owned (well, OK, my dad owned it) was an HP LaserJet that cost...wait for it...$900. This one isn't so pricey.
I don't really need another printer, but sometimes I just want to buy this because it's a wireless laser printer for $30. My only concern is that Newegg appears to be the only seller of replacement toner cartridges, which run $50, and which are currently out of stock. Thankfully, you can buy a toner refill kit on Ebay for as little as $7. Thoughts?
Calling all Mac users!
Finally, two freebies for the Mac crowd. First, StackSocial's Mighty Mac App Bundle serves up 10 free programs, including DRM-removal utility iTunes Converter and DVD-ripping utility WinX DVD Ripper. Total value: $131.
Second, Epubor is giving away its eponymous e-book converter/DRM-removal tool for Mac. With it you can strip the DRM from Adobe, Kindle and Nook files, which is fine as long as you retain them for your personal use. (Same goes for the aforementioned iTunes Converter.) Then you can convert them to any number of other formats.
And there you have it! See, Mondays aren't so bad. So who's buying/downloading what?