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The iPad Pro 12.9 has always been insanely expensive; the current-generation model starts at $949. So check this out: While supplies last (and they won't last long -- I really hope they're not gone by the time you get this), Woot has the refurbished 1st-gen iPad Pro 12.9 for $344.99 -- by far the lowest price I've seen.
Here's the catch: This is a scratch-and-dent item, meaning it might show some wear. A "moderate" amount, according to Woot. Personally, I don't care if the body is a little banged up, and I can even tolerate a screen scuff or two. For what it's worth, the company backs this with a 90-day warranty and 30-day return policy.
This model arrived back in 2015; read CNET'sto learn more. It may not have the latest bells and whistles, but it's still a very powerful tablet with a very roomy screen.
You've never heard of Trifo Ironpie robo-vacs, but you shouldn't miss this deal
You've probably heard of Roomba robot vacuums, and maybe also Ecovacs and Roborock. But Trifo? That's a new one. And it's not only the brand name that's weird; the vacuums are called Ironpies. Ooookay.
Anyway, today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the Trifo Ironpie M6 robot vacuum for $129 and Ironpie M6 Plus for $149. Shipping normally adds $5, but here's a very rare perk: Cheapskate readers can bag free shipping with promo code cheapskate. These sell at Amazon for $400 and $478, respectively.
The M6 handles hard floors and low-pile carpet; the M6 Plus includes a water tank for mopping as well. Like other robo-suckers, these are controlled by app. You can set up timers, virtual boundaries and all that good stuff. They have 1800Pa suction power, which I'm told is very good.
But here's where it gets interesting: The Ironpie vacuums also have built-in cameras, complete with live-streaming video to your phone. The camera not only helps with navigation, but also with home security. (How well this actually works, I have no idea.)
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