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Dell has decided on a new “Star Power” strategy to get you what you want this season, as long as it is one of their products. After you create your wish list on YoursIsHere and set up a virtual piggy bank through a PayPal account, celebrities Burt Reynolds, Chuck Liddell, Brooke Burke, Estelle Harris, Ice-T, or Vivica A. Fox will try to obtain it for you. Create a widget on social networking sites and watch the coinage mount up. We like the concept, but think we will wait until it is duplicated by Apple or Sony.

 

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Photo StudioAll eBay fanatics will be pleased to know that now there is a Photo Studio for showcasing your wares. Made of nylon, polyester, and plastic, the 20 x 20 x 20-inch device comes with an integrated diffuser screen, a camera tripod, and light and dark backdrops. When you are done using it, just fold it up into its carrying case. The deluxe model comes equipped with two high-output lights on adjustable legs. If the $29.98 or $59.98 price is too much, you can DIY, like this one from freshfodder made out of an empty Corona carton.

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Amazon Promotion logoAre you the type that faithfully buys a lotto ticket every week in the hopes of being the one in a billion to become instantly rich? This should be right up your alley. Amazon is offering 18 products that you can bid on by one vote per round. If you are fortunate enough to be picked at random, you will win the item at the end of 6 rounds.

Last year, lucky winners of the Customer Vote got an Xbox 360 Core for $100.00 and a Wii and PS3 at MSRP. Because there was a site overload last year, the company has worked to make sure the same problems will not happen during the promotion this time around. The items will be on display at Amazon beginning this Thursday and voting is to commence on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, and will run through the 28th. Grab a turkey drumstick and let the games begin.

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mallAaah, Thanksgiving.  Food, friends, family…  And making plans for taking advantage of all of the great Black Friday shopping!

Every year it gets easier to make those plans, thanks to a growing number of tipsters running websites dedicated solely to the first huge shopping day of the holiday season.  Unreal deals can be found if you know where to look, and these sites are quick on the draw when it comes to publicizing not only the best bargains but even full scans of Black Friday circulars.

Some of these sites are already alive and kicking, posting bargains from Target, Kmart, Costco, and hhgregg, among others.  A couple of the tech bargains of note this year include a Kodak 8 megapixel digital camera from Target for $89 and Kmart’s Magellan Maestro 3100 navigation system priced at $129.99.

The Official Black Friday 2007 Website, BlackFriday.info, the Official Black Friday 2007 Website and Black Friday are being updated often and as Black Friday gets closer will have even more bargains to publicize.  It’s just one more thing that the price-savvy techster can be thankful for.


Asus Eee Laptop

Asus has countered the OLPC with its Eee (easy work, easy learn, easy play) PC. With a 7-inch screen and a weight of about 2 lbs., the inexpensive laptop runs on Linux with Open Office and built-in dictionary, but can also handle Windows XP. With quick boot time, it uses Flash for memory storage on its 4400mAh battery,  has a one-click graphic intuitive interface, and can be pre-ordered for a mere $299.99. Asus also offers an Eee PC 4GB with a larger 5200 mAh battery and a 0.3 megapixel webcam. Add $100.00 for the deluxe version, which is available now. Both come with 3 USB ports to allow for expansion and added external storage.

 

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Toshiba HD-A2

Wal-Mart has decided to sell the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player at a discounted price of $98.87 to get the holiday shopping season started early. So much for the second gen Panasonic’s Bluray DMP. Slated for today only, if you are reading this, you are probably too late unless you are on the west coast and the time is before noon. They are also offering Acer laptops for $348.00 and Sanyo 50-inch Plasma HDTVs for $998.00.
We poked around to find what was going on at the other stores, where the player is still being offered for $299.99.  We did find a GPX Player at a sale price of $25.00 at Kmart. We know someone who bought one of these and although it is slow, it works. Now that’s a bargain.

 

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Empire Strikes BackSo you thought your Star Wars collection was complete after buying those Star Wars stamps the moment they were released.  Well it’s time to break the bank again, amigo. Truly for the obsessed fan—and we mean that in a nice way—Wireless Catalog is offering a wood-framed still from “The Empire Strikes Back” signed by Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse (Darth Vader), and Jeremy Bulloch (the enigmatic Boba Fett). The collector’s item comes with a certificate of authenticity, measures 21x25” wide, and is currently available for $300 USD. Limited quantities available.

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Simpsons Shot Glass Set

We recently told you about the Pac-Man Collectors’ Shot Glass set, and now we’ve found this item. As any Simpsons fan knows, Homer enjoys the occasional Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern. So it makes sense there’s now a 6-piece stainless steel drinking set with hip flask, funnel, and four shot glasses. Each is decorated with a picture of Homey and one of his many catchphrases. It even comes in a gift box for that special someone…we just wish it came with a recipe for a ‘‘Flaming Moe.” Available for $30 USD.

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Pac-Man Shot Glass Set

Lately, we’ve been quite obsessed with Nintendo and Space Invader swag, leaving Pac-Man feeling left out, isolated, and depressed. That’s why we’re showing the classic game some love with this Pac-Man Collectors’ Shot Glass Set. It’s a set of six 1.5 oz glasses, each with screen printed decals of the game’s characters…including the beloved Bonus Cherries! The set comes in a gift box, however only 2500 units were manufactured, for $30 USD. Hurry, before they’re all swallowed up (get it?).

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$100 iPhone Credit

has finally gotten around to posting the details on how early owners can claim their $100 Apple Store credit. You know, the one that was a response to the backlash the company received after dropping the price on the iPhone by $200 - or 33% - just 61 days after it’s launch? It takes about five minutes, and Apple has done it in a way that makes it so only people who actually have the purchased iPhone in their possession, and activated with , can claim it. Here’s how it works:

  1. Head on over to the iPhone Store Credit page
  2. Input your iPhone’s AT&T phone number and serial number into the fields on the site
  3. You will receive an SMS which includes an access code. Enter the code into the site
  4. Print the result page, which includes the codes you need to redeem the credit at any Apple Store location, or at the Apple Online Store

To be safe, we’d recommend claiming right away, as you only have until November 30 to do so. If you bought your iPhone between August 22 and September 4, skip straight to the Apple Store itself, as you aren’t eligible for a $100 store credit - instead, you’ll just receive $200 in cash. For those who receive the credit, you can purchase just about anything sold by Apple, except another Apple Store Gift Card or an iTunes electronic Gift Certificate. You can use up to six credit codes when making a purchase at an Apple Retail Store and up to four credit codes at the Apple Online Store.


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