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Outback Gift CardsThis appears to be the year of the Gift Card. If you received some that you don’t particularly want, you can always re-gift them or toss them in a drawer like an estimated 10 billion do. Or you can take them to Swapagift, an ingenious site where you can sell, trade, pay your bills, or donate them to your favorite charity. Registration is free and for $1.99 you can list each card with the monetary value or equal card you wish to receive. If you want to sell them outright to the site, you can receive up to 70% of their minimum balance to pay that overdue electric bill. Our kudos to a site that finally found a use for Vegans who ended up with a $100.00 credit for Outback Steakhouse.

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Gallery: A Sanctuary for Unwanted Holiday Gift Cards


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Mitsubishi HC4900 Projector

If you finally got that surround sound system you wanted and would like to turn it into a home theater, Mitsubishi is offering you the chance. Their HC4900 Projector with 1080p (1920 x 1080) features 15,000:1 contrast, 1000 ANSI lumen brightness, a 7500:1 contrast ratio, and can handle both HD and Blu-ray. Knowing about a $500.00 rebate they are offering through January 31, we wandered over to Circuit City online where they listed it for $2,999.99, marked it down $700.00, and with the mail-in rebate you end up with a not too shabby price of $1,799.99.

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Gallery: Mitsubishi Lowers Projector Price Dramatically


3D SnowflakeYou have just realized that your buds are do anytime and you just had to finish “testing” their new electronic toys before wrapping them. You know that not only do you not have any wrapping paper left, your kids are bugging you that they don’t have anything to do after you spent your last cent on them. Combine both projects and send the kidlets to Paper Snowflakes. They can download wrapping paper, create gift tags, make snowflakes out of coffee filters, and even play a few games.

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Gallery: Keep The Kids Amused Online Today


Patrol SamplerSo you have done all your shopping and cooked your goose, and the relatives are due to arrive at any moment. You realize that the only tunes you have are those radio stations that play the Chipmunks and that cheap

inexpensive Barry Manilow CD you got when you purchased 3 Hallmark cards. Patrol Magazine has put together the last minute “Beautiful and Unique Snowflakes,” a free sampler that features 11 tracks. It includes “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Coldplay,  “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Plain White Ts, and “If There is a God” by Smashing Pumpkin and Radiohead (live.)

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Gallery: Download Free Holiday Music


MS Holiday WallpaperMicrosoft Mobile is offering free holiday-themed ringtones and wallpaper for smartphones and pocket PCs if you are a part of their Owner’s Circle. There are 9 wallpapers to select from, and in addition to their recently added Halo ringtones, you can choose between Bells, Frosty’s Groove, More Merry, Sleigh Bells, Snowflakes (we had to preview that one,) Below Freezing, Charity ( which sounds like the Salvation Army bell,) Cookies and Milk, and more. If you are not a member, you can sign up for their newsletter to receive the “gifts,” even though it seems that MS is getting the better deal.

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Gallery: Freebie Ringtones and Wallpaper from MS Mobile


iPhoneWant to give a new unlocked phone for the holidays? Wireless Riot is having an incredible last-minute sale with savings in some cases over 50%. This applies to HTC’s Cavalier, Imate, LG’s Chocolate Platinum, Motorola’s KRZR and PEBL, Nokia, RIM’s Blackberry, Samsung Armani, and Sony Ericsson phones, as well as the iPhone, which has a last minute sale price of $548.99, a 25% savings. Use the code “HIELO2007” for an extra discount at checkout. (We like to share.)

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Gallery: Wireless Riot Discounts Unlocked Phones


CompUSA logo  We’re very, very sad to report that one of our favorite retailers…CompUSA…will be closing all its stores. The financially troubled chain (which closed half its stores earlier this year) was just sold to Specialty Equity, an offshoot of Gordon Brothers Group, a private equity firm. On Friday, Specialty announced all remaining 103 CompUSA stores will close. Not surprisingly, competition from mega-chains Best Buy and Circuit City is to blame for CompUSA’s woes. There is good news however: Gordon Brothers promises an “orderly wind-down” of each store. Translation: expect major “Going Out of Business”  bargains this holiday season. Thanks for everything, CompUSA….we’ll miss you!

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Gallery: All Remaining CompUSA Stores to Close


Sony ReaderSince the odds are slim to none that you can give a Kindle for Christmas, you may be able to opt for the Sony Reader, which has taken advantage of the situation and is offering 100 Classics from its Connect e-store. Simply purchase the device before January 31, have the recipient set up an account, and she/he will be credited for the amount. As a nice side note, the Reader is only $279.99 with free shipping, so that makes it a savings of $100.00 over the Kindle. You may not be able to access the Wall St. Journal, but since each Classic costs merely $2.00 apiece, that’s a lot of Shakespeare for the money.

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Gallery: Sony Reader Comes With Free Classics


Target Logo Psssst! Looking for electronics at a nice discount? Click on over to Target.com’s Electronics section and scroll down to the link called “Pre-owned Electronics.” There you’ll find an assortment of items that have been returned to the store in the past month…at reduced prices. For instance, they currently have a 52” HD rear-projection TV for $1000 USD, much less than its original price of over $1700. What else can you find? More Hi-def TVs, video cameras, iPods, and video game consoles. Target claims each item has been refurbished and inspected—and backs it up with the same 90-day return policy new items get. Can’t beat that, because Holiday season is here, people…

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Gallery: Target Quietly Enters the Refurbished Business


Verify logoAll told, about 58 million bargain hunters rose before dawn to check out Black Friday. Welcome to Cyber Monday, another effort to get the moola out of your pocket and into online retailers when shoppers go back to work. Researches say that 61 million will shop online from their cubicles, which is 18 percent higher than last year, to avoid holiday rage. 

To guard against online identity theft, watch for mass e-mails complaining there are problems with your order, use a credit rather than debit card, and check for site security (the site should read “https,” with that extra “s” for security.) Finally, if you use sites like Amazon, Shopzilla, BizRate, and NexTag, don’t automatically assume you will obtain a secure and safe purchase.

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Gallery: Cyber Monday Has Arrived


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