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Three amazing flash-drive deals

How low can they go? How about an 8GB drive for $5? Or a 32GB drive for less than $19?

If you don't mind waiting on a rebate, this 16GB flash drive can be yours for under $7.
If you don't mind waiting on a rebate, this 16GB flash drive can be yours for under $7.

Asking me not to post a killer deal is like asking me not to draw breath -- even when it's a product I know most of you already have.

Yep, I'm talking flash drives. They've dipped to amazingly low prices of late, which is why I just can't pass them up. Therefore, without further ado:

1. Staples has the Kingston DataTraveler 101 G2 8GB flash drive for $4.99. Shipping adds a hilariously ridiculous $9.95, but you can avoid that charge by opting for in-store pickup. (You'll still have to pay sales tax, natch.)

The drive has a swivel cap (meh) and Kingston's urDrive software (also meh).

2. Newegg has the Patriot Swing 16GB flash drive for $6.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $5 mail-in rebate (PDF), which comes in the form of a prepaid debit card.

This ultra-tiny drive includes a five-year warranty (same as the Kingston). Can't abide rebates? has the even tinier Kingston DataTraveler Micro 16GB flash drive for $9.99 shipped. I'm not a fan of the color or the easily lost cap, but the size is just incredible.

3. Finally, Meritline is offering the Super Talent RM 32GB flash drive for $18.45 shipped. That's after applying coupon code MLC521MN at checkout. Note: this worked for me at press time, but I have no idea when it will expire.

This is also a swivel-cap drive, and Super Talent backs it with a lifetime warranty.

By the way, these little gizmos aren't just for storing data. Check out CNET's helpful how-to on six cool things to do with your USB flash drive.

Bonus deal: If you're not hung up on brand names (and based on my recent experience with an ill-fated Toshiba, you shouldn't be), Wal-Mart has the Sceptre X505BV-FHD 50-inch LCD HDTV for $499.99 (plus tax), with free site-to-store shipping. That's the lowest price I've ever seen on a 50-inch television -- by a lot. There's only one user review, but it's five stars and glowing.

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