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Amazon's Prime Day on July 12:
It's the time of year when stores try to convince us there will be a "Black Friday" in July.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you probably got advance notice of Prime Day on July 12.
It will be a day full of deals, "with new deals starting as often as every five minutes."
There will be "100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members," according to their website.
If this year's Prime Day is anything like last year's, no need to mark this day on your calendar.
Go have fun, travel, and go about your summer without staying up late waiting for Amazon to post their deals.
Keep in mind, Amazon often has sales for all users, Prime or not, and last year's Prime Day was not all that extraordinary.
There may be a lot of Kindle Books on sale this Prime Day, but kindle books are often on sale.
Clothing, shoes, and other items often marked 20% and 50% off should also have sales on Prime Day.
But something that would rarely be on sale (many electronics and cameras) probably won't be.
- Mobile Phone Holder for Vehicle Cup Holder $22
Use used this gadget for about 6 months to Facetime in the car.
It adjusts to the size of most cup holders, and fits most phones.
Doing a live Facetime (video call) while driving is no safer than being on the phone while driving.
If you can be disciplined enough to never look at your phone while the car is in motion, this holder works pretty well.
It can make it easier to keep the phone in a convenient & sturdy place.
Silicon Power S55 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for $30.60 tonight.
Note, it uses a newer "TLC" memory cell type, which we believe to be somewhat unreliable.
While TLC drives do perform very well, some have been known to fail.
We would not use this kind of cheap SSD for our laptops or desktop computers.
That being said, it does have positive reviews on Newegg, and mixed reviews on Amazon.
Add the Black or White 10,400mAh Battery Pack to your cart for $16.
Start the checkout.
On the final checkout page, before you submit the order, enter promo code QJRYAK29 to get $4.40 off.
This deal expires today.
RavPower 10,400mAh Portable Battery Charger for $16, available in either black or white.
Free shipping with a $49+ order, or free with Prime membership.
Most similar battery chargers sell for at least $20.
An iPhone 6 battery has 1,900mAh capacity, and an iPad Mini 4 has a 5,100mAh battery.
This battery charger should be capable of charging a dead iPhone 6 five times, and an iPad Mini 4 twice.
This is useful when traveling.
It weighs 0.5 pounds which is a little heavy to carry in your pocket.
The average wallet and phone weigh about 0.25 to 0.35 pounds each.
Still, it is not as heavy as some 10,000+ mAh portable batteries that weight at least 0.75 pounds, such as this one which weighs 1 pound.
- Logitech G402 Gaming Optical Mouse for $30
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse for $30 today.
Normally at least $40.
Mostly positive reviews.
- APC 1000VA UPS for $94
APC 1000VA (BR1000G) Back-UPS Pro for $94.
Protects sensitive equipment from power spikes, surges, and outages.
Useful for protecting computers whose hard drives and circuits can be damaged by power fluctuations, for protecting a home theater system, and for protecting a fish tank's filter from a power outage that cause harm to fish.
This and other 1000VA UPSs normally sell for at least $110.
- Sony 32GB Secure Digital Memory Card $7.90
Sony 32GB Class-10/UHS-1 Secure Digital (SDHC) Memory Card for $7.89.
This and other similar name-brand 32GB SD cards normally sell for at least $11.
- Programmable Bluetooth Pressure Cooker for $140
This was last on sale for $130 during last Black Friday, and is back on sale again for $140.
Normally sells for $205.
You can program and monitor the cooking from their smartphone app.
We love our Instant Pot pressure cooker, and is our most frequently used kitchen appliance.
We call it the "kitchen robot" since it makes food so easily and quickly.
Healthy, tasty rice, soup, potatoes, and beans cook in one-third to one-half the time.
16GB of computer memory would normally sell for at least $50.
The above "laptop" memory is DDR3 SO-DIMM, so make sure your laptop or mini PC is compatible with "8GB" capacity, "DDR3" kind of memory before buying.
The above "desktop" memory is DDR4, and is compatible with only newer computers that are "DDR4" capable.
We have a couple 4-year old Lenovo Thinkpad X230 Tablet laptops capable of 8GB capacity, DDR3 kind of memory in each of its 2 memory slots.
Upgrading from 4GB or 6GB all the way to 16GB of memory allowed a lot of browser windows, development screens, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and other apps to stay open without losing stability.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
- Kindle for $60, Kindle Paperwhite $100
In our opinion, the Kindle is one of the best eBook readers on the market.
It is simple, lightweight, extremely low powered (so a single battery charge can last for weeks), and integrates great with Amazon.
Our favorite part is the true LCD screen, which does not have any backlighting.
Staring at anything with a backlight, like a computer screen, phone or tablet screen, or television is the same thing as staring at a light bulb.
These can cause eyestrain, a medical condition that can give headaches and effect eyesight, especially with prolonged use in low-light rooms.
The Kindle does not use a backlight.
- 64GB Flash Drive for USB and iPhone/iPad $58
HooToo 64GB USB3.0 Flash Drive with Lightning Connector for connecting an iPhone or iPad for $58.
It provides an easy way to backup your photos from the iPhone or iPad.
- 32GB USB3.0 Flash Drive $9.33
Silicon Power 32GB Jewel J80 USB3.0 Flash Drive for $9.33 this morning.
Normally at least $11.
Monday, June 13, 2016
- Fandango $50 Gift Card for $40
Pay $40 to get a $50 gift card to Fandango.com and the Fandango mobile app.
Fandango lets you buy movie theater tickets in advance to hundreds of theaters nationwide, including IMAX theaters.
Here is a list of theaters and
a list of movies.
- Kingston 16GB USB3.0 Flash Drive $6.27
Kingston Data Traveler 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $6.27.
A good value for quickly transferring some files between computers, or using as boot media for downloading and installing an operating system.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
- Sony 64GB Secure Digital Memory Card for $15
Sony 64GB Class-10/UHS-1 Secure Digital (SDXC) Memory Card for $15.
BHPhotoVideo also sells it for the same price, and most other reputable stores sell it for at least $20.
- $25 Ruby Tuesday Gift Card for $20
Pay $20 to get a $25 Ruby Tuesday gift card today.
They have locations in and around most major cities in the country.
Also, Amazon is offering 2 of $25 Friendly's gift cards for $40.
To get the $40 deal, add 2 of the $25 Friendly's gift cards to your cart, begin to checkout, sign in, and enter code FRIENDLYS on the final checkout page.
Friday, June 10, 2016
- 300-Watt Vehicle Power Inverter for $22 (expired)
Bestek 300-Watt Power Inverter for vehicles, provides two electrical outlets and two 3.1-amp USB chargers for $21.59.
- Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush for $30
Philips Sonicare 2-Series Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush for $40.
Change the color to the one you want:
Black, White/Blue, or Coral.
Under the price, click a "Clip $10 Coupon" button.
Final price is $30.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
- Black & Decker Handheld Vacuum for $30 (expired)
Black & Decker (PAV1200W) 12-Vold Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum for $30.
Color is Orange/White/Gray.
Normally sells for $50.
Monday, June 6, 2016
- Waterproof Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker for $20
iClever Portable Waterproof Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker for $20.
Has a 2,000mAh rechargeable battery which claims 12 hours of playtime, and connects wirelessly to your mobile device via Bluetooth.
The reviews are very positive, saying it's well worth the price.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with rechargeable battery for $16 for the next couple hours.
Normally sells for $25, and available at this price in 4 colors.
The reviews are pretty good for the price.
Most Bluetooth wireless speakers sell for $28 to $34.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
- Color-Changing Computer Mouse for $6.80
Havit Wired USB Computer Mouse with changing colors for $6.79.
Reviews are good for the price.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
- Drafting Stool for Standing Desks $75
Boss "Drafting Stool" (high office chair) for $75 with free shipping.
This and other similar high office chairs normally sell for at least $90.
In my opinion, this is a good chair for occasional or temporary use.
I used this chair for 6 months with my standing desk, and had mixed feelings about it.
While comfortable and simple to relax after standing for hours, it was not comfortable enough to sit on for hours at a time.
Only comfortable for occasional use.
It has no arm rests and only a basic foam cushion.
This is only our opinion, and ended up selling it to a neighbor who loves the chair for his standing desk.
That being said, it is very difficult to find any adjustable chair for a standing desk priced under $100, without settling for a counter-height kitchen/bar stool (check Overstock.com for kitchen counter stools).
If you are looking a standing desk chair (and don't want to pay over $100), this could be a great deal for you.
Otherwise, a much better chair, like a Eurotech Apollo Chair, would cost about $236.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
- Sharkk Wireless Ergonomic Wireless Mouse for $20
Sharkk Wireless Ergonomic Mouse for $20.
As its reviews show, its ergonomic design is angled to help alleviate wrist pain for some people.
It comes with a 2.4GHz wireless USB receiver and 2 AAA batteries.
- Samsung 48" LED-backlit LCD 1080p Smart HDTV for $400
Samsung 48-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p Smart HDTV for $400 with free delivery.
Normally goes for $435 and has positive reviews.
This deal is expected to expire tonight.
Price is still valid today, but could expire at any time.
Unfortunately, they are hiding the price until the final checkout page.
If it says "price shown at checkout", you will have to go through the checkout process (including entering your credit card number) to see the final price on the last checkout page.
You can see the price before committing your order.
- HP Inkjet Printer/Scanner with Wifi for $55
HP Envy 4520 All-in-One Inkjet Photo Printer with flatbed 1200dpi scanner for $55 today.
Normally sells for $70 to $80.
CNet reviews it as a capable printer with good features, and Amazon reviewers say it is decent but replacement ink costs more than other printers.
You can save on ink by buying third-party ink through Ebay.
It looks to us like a compact printer that should work on most Wifi networks (or plugged in to a single computer with a USB cable).
- TP-Link Network Product Sale (expired)
Amazon is having a one-day sale on some TP-Link network products.
Their quality are similar to D-Link and Netgear.
Some deals on the list include:
TP-Link Wifi Smart Plug for $20.
For turning electronics on/off using an app, or with Amazon Echo.
Normally sells for $30.
TP-Link 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch for $24.
We have the 5-port version of this Switch, and it works well.
Through free downloadable software, you can monitor and manage the switch's basic features (setting the speed/duplex, setting up VLANs, etc).
- Shawshank Redemption on Blu-Ray for $6.68
The Shawshank Redemption on high-definition Blu-Ray for $6.68 today.
It says "Multi-Format", but is the same exact one that sells at stores for $8.
- Crucial BX100 120GB SSD for $39 (expired)
Crucial BX100 120GB Solid State Drive for $39 this morning.
It appears to be a discontinued drive (or will be discontinued soon) since few other stores still sell this model, but it normally sells for about $60.
Other stores sell similar 120GB SSDs for about $38.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
- Sid Meier's Civilization III for $1.25, IV for $7.50, V for $12.50
The only reason to buy Civilization III or IV is for a low-end PC that cannot handle the load of the latest version.
In our opinion, Civilization V takes all the best things from the past Civilization games, plus a lot of new dynamics.
We feel Civ V is one of the best strategy games around, and you can read its reviews to see what others say.
This sale comes as they announced Civilization 6 will be released in October.
Pre-purchase is available for $60.
It should retail for $60 so there is no advantage yet to pre-ordering, except you get access to the game first.
If a promotion does come out, you can cancel your pre-purchase anytime prior to the release of the game, as their Pre-Order FAQ says.
According to press releases, Civilization 6 sounds a bit different than the past Civilization games.
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse for $20.25.
Normally at least $30.
Includes a wireless 2.4GHz USB receiver for Windows and Mac, works on one AA battery (included), and comes with a 3-year warranty.
Also, if you do a lot of typing (like we do) and looking for a solid desktop computer keyboard, check out a Logitech K740 Illuminated Keyboard for $48.
We have several, and found them to be the most comfortable for working.
While gamers will prefer other, more "mushy" style keypresses, this K740 has a shallow keypress (similar to a laptop computer's keyboard) and does not wear out our fingers after a full day of typing.
- Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and Solar Charging $40
Eton Rugged Rukus Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and Solar Panel for $40 today.
Normally sells for about $100.
The reviews are mostly positive.
It is splash-proof, so can be kept near the pool.
It has a solar panel for charging the speaker, and charging your phone.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Kindle for $60, Kindle Paperwhite $100
- Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker for $68
Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker (model IP-LUX50) for $68 today.
Normally sells for about $85.
This one hold 5 quarts, which can cook soup/stew for 4 people or potatoes for 3 people.
A pressure cooker can make great tasting soup, potatoes, beans, brown rice, gravy, and hard boiled eggs in half of normal time.
Rather than just using heat, the Instant Pot uses pressure to cook through your food.
We have the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 (a 6qt version), and love it.
We call it our "kitchen robot".
Soup has never tasted better.
Sweet potatoes and brown rice taste amazing after just 20-30 minutes, and are never sticky or under-cooked despite taking half the time if cooked on the stove or oven.
- 3D Virtual Reality Headset for Mobile Phone for $22 (expired)
HooToo 3D Virtual Reality Headset for an iPhone or Android smartphone for $22 today.
This plastic VR headset should be fun for someone who has not yet experienced VR through their phone.
Download 3D virtual reality apps onto your iPhone or Android phone, slide it into this headset, and you can experience 360-degree virtual reality.
This gives you the same VR experience as the Google Cardboard, a cheap cardboard VR headset they were giving away for free for a while.
As you can see by the reviews, the headset is simple and should work fairly well.
$22 is a pretty good price.
Other similar VR headsets normally sell for about $30.
Monday, April 18, 2016
- Belkin 3-Outlet or 6-Outlet Surge Protector $14
Belkin 6-Outlet Wall-Mount Surge Protector for $14.
We use one in the bedroom, and is nice to have the dual USB 2.1-Amp charging ports next to the nightstand.
On the downside, it sticks out quite far from the wall and could be susceptible to breaking.
We recommend using it behind a nightstand, table, or piece of furniture to avoid someone banging into it.
- Magnetic Phone Holder for a Car Vent for $10.40 (expired)
Spinido Ti-Smart Square Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder in Gray for $10.39 for the next few hours.
Normally sells for $13, and looks like a useful device for someone who uses their phone for navigation.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
- 5-Port Gigabit Switch for $20 (expired)
TP-Link (TL-SG105E) 5-Port Gigabit Switch for $20 for the next few hours.
They call this a "Smart Switch," which gives some basic management features.
Unlike a regular (unmanaged) switch, the this lets you monitor the switch's traffic, enable QoS, and do port diagnosis.
These basic management features are things most users will never use, but the idea that you can monitor and diagnosis connection problems could come useful when you are experiencing problems.
It normally sells for about $33 and has a lot of positive reviews, so $20 is a great deal.
Steam sells the PC version for $60, and other stores sell the console versions for about $60.
The game reviews are surprisingly mediocre compared to previous Far Cry games, disappointing many Far Cry fans.
However the 41% off of normal price may make it worth considering.
The free eBooks are yours for life, once you "purchase" them.
They are advertising their Kindle Unlimited subscription with each of these books, but you can just purchase each eBook (or eBook series) outright.
You do not need to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited to get these deals.
- Refurbished Yamaha A/V Receiver for $300 (expired)
Woot.com is selling a Refurbished (not new) Yamaha TSR-5790 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver with 4K HDTV passthrough, Bluetooth, and Wifi for $300 with free shipping.
Yamaha provides a free app for controlling the receiver, and it can use AirPlay to play music wirelessly from an Apple device.
Normally, refurbished electronics only come with a 90-day warranty, however they are giving a 1-year warranty with this purchase.
For multi-room support, we really like Yamaha's "Zone B" feature.
Most people only need 5.1 surroundsound in their living room, so the extra 2 speakers (the "7.2" part of the description) can be used in a separate room.
Most receivers have a "Zone 2" feature, which isolate the second room to a separate audio channel.
You can play audio from a separate source from the main zone, however that source must be a stereo or analog signal.
It will not work to play audio from a digital source like a Blu-Ray Player or TV/DVR box.
However Yamaha's "Zone B" feature actually copies the main audio's digital source, and downgrades it to stereo for play in your second room.
For example, we have a Yamaha Receiver powering the 5.1 speakers in the living room, and the stereo speakers in the outdoor patio.
When we walk outside, we use the Yamaha app to turn on "Zone B", and whatever is playing in the living room will play on the patio.
Without "Zone B", it would be difficult to set up a Receiver to copy the audio to the patio.
- LG 49" 1080p HDTV for $500
Woot.com is currently selling an LG 49-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $500 with free shipping through its Amazon store.
Its reviews are mostly positive, and most stores sell it for at least $550.
- 160-Lumen Tactical Flashlight and Stun Gun for $48
Guard Dog Diablo 160-Lumen Tactical Flashlight with built-in Stun Gun for $48 today.
Normally sells for $60.
Looks like an interesting product especially at 20% less than normal, despite some negative reviews about some of the plastic parts breaking.
Monday, April 4, 2016
- Hoover Sprint Bagless Upright Vacuum for $40
Normally sells for about $55.