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Best Buy Rebates If you are an electronics collector like we are, you know how expensive this hobby can be.  Every payday you look at your wallet or purse and wonder what you can afford.  So what do you do when you get to the store?  Look for the specials, see what’s on sale, and sometimes you come across the rebate sale.  You sit there and wonder whether or not your willing to shell out the 30-40 dollars that you’ll eventually get back in 6-8 weeks.  Is it worth it?  Apparently not to Best Buy.

Rebates offered by the manufacturers are being done away with at the big box retailer in lieu of instant savings.  There will be less reading of the fine print on prices.  This is all due to “strong vendor partnerships.”  Translation: Best Buy is getting good prices for their merchandise and can afford to let them slide for cheaper every once in a while.


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Ready for the coupon code? During checkout, enter the code “GEARLIVE” for your savings.


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DescriptionOccasionally, “One Day, One Deal” site Woot goes all out for a few days in what they’ve glamorously termed a “Woot Off.” (Embrace wholly the vague, sexual undertones.) Their products range from brand name coffee machines to other brand name 52” televisions to MP3 players and other oddities, but they’re almost always gadget-minded. (Or at least, delightfully quirky, along with their product descriptions.) During their Woot Off, Woot cycles through a single item at a time. As each item sells out, they move on to the next item. Everything they sell is shipped (and handled) for just $5.00, and when you go ahead and check your favorite shop-and-compare site, you’ll find Woot’s usually got quite the deal going on. Take a few looks over the next couple of days and buy yourself an early Christmas present. If you don’t like what you see now, try again in another hour or so—things move quickly!


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AOL PicturesAOL has just launched AOL Pictures, a digital photo solution for consumers who want an easy way to view, share, store, print and protect all of their favorite images. The free photo sharing website offers consumers unlimited online digital photo storage in original resolution, tools that make it easier to create photo albums, and all the other standard photo sharing fare. According to a new AOL survey, Americans expect to take more than 137,000 photos in their lifetime with three-quarters sending photos to friends and family over the holidays. That being said, AOL Pictures is offering consumers 100 free 4x6 glossy or matte prints.


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Mac Mini Test Drive DeadLess than one day after offering a Mac Mini test drive, it seems Apple has suddenly pulled the plug on the offer.  While no explanation has been given as of yet, Apple affiliates have received an e-mail from LinkShare stating:

As a follow-up to an email we sent you this morning, please note that the Mac mini Test Drive promotion is no longer offered at the Apple Store. We have dynamically updated the banners and landing pages for this promotion, so if you are featuring this promotion on your site, they will automatically update to another promotion. Please be sure to update your Mac mini Test Drive text links. The rest of the promotions featured in today’s email are still live.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you,
Apple Store Affiliate Program

While it may not have been a big deal for most, seeing as how it was more of an extended return policy mascarading than a great deal, it’s still quite odd to see it pulled barely a day after going live with it.

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Mac mini Test Drive

Apple seems to be swinging for the fences with this one. They are offering anyone who is interested an extended trial of the Mac mini. One can only assume that they either want to move some stagnant product, or that this is a move to get a large amount of Mac computers into the hands of those who use Windows but are curious. Now, what is really going on here is that Apple is just extending the return period for the mini, as any Apple product can be returned within 14 days for a full refund. Nonetheless, here is how it works according to Apple:

  1. Purchase a new Mac mini from the Apple Store online. You can also get an Apple keyboard and mouse, such as our new Mighty Mouse.
  2. Set it up and start enjoying it.
  3. If you don’t love it, call us within 30 days of your order and we’ll arrange for you to return your system — including the Apple keyboard and mouse — for a full refund.

If you are interested, you have until Halloween 2005 to make your purchase, and it must be done online.


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Free OperaOpera’s award winning browser (now in version 8.02) is free for one day to celebrate their 10th anniversary. From 12 AM Tuesday, August 30 to 12 AM Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT), you can send an email to registerme@opera.com to receive a free registration code for their professional quality and fully standards compliant browser - a $39 value. As a long time Opera fan I just have to say what a fantastic deal this is. Opera is the fastest, most stable browser I’ve ever used and with it’s consistent interface across Mac/Win/Linux/BSD/Solaris and great integrated feature set. Get your self on down to download.com and grab a copy - just do it before August is over or you will be out $39 for the pleasure.


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Panasonic 1080p, Viera Price CutPanasonic is set to announce their first 1080p plasma display later today, which makes brings the technology that much closer to the forefront of our entertainment minds. Is what may be even more important news, the company is also going to cut the price of its 65-inch Viera HDTV by 50% over in Japan. Any time an expensive piece of technology sees such a large price drop, it normally equates to even better stuff coming down the pipeline.


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Compaq X What’s a Compaq, and why is it even in this entry?  True, Compaqs have not been know as the favorable gaming computer system, but this spectacular piece of hardware may change that impression.  Sporting an AMD 64 bit processor and expandable to 4GB of ram, check out some of the specs ready to blast away at the next LAN party. Gotta love Woot!

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Free TiVoSo you are digging Tivo but haven’t bought one yet for whatever reason. Well now’s your chance to get your hands on one for free if you pay for a full year of the Tivo service up front. They are probably giving the 40 hour version away since its being discontinued. Nonetheless, it’s a very good deal for a service you’ll end up paying for anyways – so why not get something in return? Offer ends on 7/27/05 so get it quick.

(Thanks Kidd!)

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