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- Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500 Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500.
This is Samsung's latest and last Plasma TV.
This 8500-series Plasma was released in 2013, and will likely be the last Plasma sold by Samsung.
This is a discontinued model, and once BestBuy's inventory sells out, it could be difficult to find them again.
This Samsung PN60F8500 has very positive reviews, weighs 90 pounds, includes 4 pairs of 3D active glasses, and uses a Plasma display instead of an LCD.
Manufacturers are phasing out their plasma screens because they are expensive to build, while LED-LCD TVs are becomming much cheaper.
The future of TV is OLED, however it will be at least a few more years before they become affordable.
Advantages of Plasma over LED-LCD:
Unlike LED/LCD which must maintain a constant bulb of light passing through the screen, Plasma can actually turn off individual pixels, producing true blacks.
Some newer LED-LCD TVs can produce black levels similar to Plasma, but until OLED becomes mainstream, there is no way to get black levels as good as a Plasma today.
600Hz refresh rate, which is great for watching sports and anything in motion.
LED-LCD screens have 60 to 240 Hz.
Better viewing angle than LED-LCD.
Disadvantages of Plasma:
Plasma consumes more electricity than LED-LCD.
Our guess is about 3 times as much electricity as a similarly-sized LED-LCD, but your actual power consumption may vary.
Plasma can generate a lot of heat, and usually have a built-in fan to regulate the temperature.
Plasma has a glass screen, and can be more prone to glare than a LED-LCD.
Do not face your plasma toward a light source or window, because the plasma's glass screen can act as a mirror.
It will reflect light in the same way as a touch-screen device like an iPad, iPhone, or Motorola Droid.
If you place your iPad or phone where you want your TV to be, and if you can see a glare, then your Plasma would produce the same glare.
Many plasmas, especially 2012 and earlier models, produce a slight "buzzing" sound when on.
The reviews of the Samsung say there is a slight buzz in this 2013 model, but it will be drown out by TV's sound at normal levels.
If you are looking for a great TV today for your living room or home theater, we recommend this TV.
- $50 Steam Gift Card for $40
Best Buy is offering a $50 Steam Wallet Card through their Ebay store for $50.
It gives you a $50 credit on Steam for PC/Mac/Linux games, to use for yourself whenever you want, or give to someone else.
Note that Steam usually runs a site-wide semi-annual sale in mid-winter, often sometime between mid-December and early January.
Your $50 store credit could go a long way during the upcoming sale.
Monday, November 10, 2014
- $5 Back for Purchasing a $10 Credit at Starbucks
American Express card members (personal cards, not business cards) can get credits when shopping at some stores.
Now they are offing $5 back when buying at least $10 online at store.starbucks.com, or by loading your mobile phone with $10 in store credit.
Go to AmericanExpress.com and log in to your account.
If you have trouble logging in, call AmEx customer service phone number on the back of your card.
On the Account Home page, just below your Outstanding Balance are two rectangles that says "Latest Transactions" and "Offers For You." Click the "Offers For You."
Scroll down, and see the long list of offers.
Find the offer that says "$5 back" at "store.starbucks.com".
Click "Save Offer".
Make sure you see a green "Saved to card" next to the "store.starbucks.com" offer before proceeding.
If not, call AmEx customer service.
While on that page, you can also click "Save Offer" next to any other deals you want to enable on your AmEx card.
For example, you can enable $5 credit when spending at least $10 at a FedEx Office store, or $25 credit when spending at least $250 at Best Buy.
Enabling each offer allows you to get the deals, but you are under no obligation to do each deal.
On your mobile phone, run your Starbucks app.
If you do not have the Starbucks app, download it and set up an account.
Click "Pay". You will see your current balance, which will be $0 if you have no balance.
Click "Reload" to add more credit to your Starbucks account.
Choose "Other" as the dollar amount, and select "$10".
Enter your American Express card number, the same card that you enrolled into the promotion on the AmericanExpress.com website.
After purchasing your $10 credit, you should get an email from AmericanExpress of your $5 statement credit.
Beware that the Starbucks/AmEx deal will not work if you purchase a gift card from the Starbucks website.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
- $50 Gift Card Free with iPad Air or iPad Air 2
For today only, Best Buy stores are offering a special promotion on some electronics between 1pm and 4pm local time today.
The deals are only available in-store, and include:
Buy an iPad Air or iPad Air 2, get a free $50 gift card
Buy a MacBook Air, get a free $100 gift card
Four Playstation4 games on the list are available both online and in-store.
Each require 2 AAA batteries, not included.
They allow you to wake up to either a buzzer or the radio.
The Bluetooth version lets you stream music from your phone or Bluetooth device onto the radio's speaker.
Friday, October 17, 2014
- Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD for $150
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB Solid State Drive for $150 (59¢/GB).
The Samsung 840 Pro series are rated some of the best consumer-grade SSDs on the market today.
- Epson WorkForce Pro 4530 Wifi Color Printer/Scanner/Fax $120
Epson WorkForce Pro 4530 Printer/Scanner/Fax with built-in Wifi connectivity for $120 today.
It usually goes for at least $145.
- Ninja Professional Blender for $80
Ninja NJ600 Professional Blender usually sells for around $95, but is on sale today at BestBuy.com for $80.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
- Metal-Effects Case for iPhone 5/5S for $1 in-store
Dynex Metal-Effects Case for iPhone 5 and 5S for $1 when you select in-store pickup.
Shipping is also available for $3, or free with a $35+ order.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
- Breaking Bad, Complete Series on Blu-Ray for $100
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
- Toshiba 32" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $200
Toshiba (32L2400U) 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $200 with free shipping.
Usually goes for around $260, and has some pretty good reviews.