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Black Friday 2011: Staples

Staples Black Friday 2011

The Staples Black Friday 2011 sale begins at 6:00 am the day after Thanksgiving, and they've got a few items that have our attention. We've got the highlights of the sale for you after the break, which include a $199 BlackBerry PlayBookBeats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones with a $20 gift card at purchase, buy 1 get 1 free paper, and more.

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Black Friday 2011: RadioShack

RadioShack Black Friday 2011

RadioShack's Black Friday 2011 sale looks enticing, and we rarely say that kind of stuff about The Shack. Doors open at 5:30 am the day after Thanksgiving, but you can get the Black Friday prices a day early by shopping on radioshack.com. We've got the highlights of the sale for you after the break, which include a $300 15-inch Toshiba laptop, a $99 7-inch Velocity Micro Cruz tablet, 20% off Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones, and more.

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Black Friday 2011: Toys R Us

GameStop Black Friday 2011

Black Friday 2011 is near, and we've been collecting the best ads we can find, highlighting the good stuff. Here we've got the best from what Toys R Us will have to offer.  Interestingly enough, Toys R Us isn't even waiting for Friday to arrive, as their sales start at 9:00 pm on Thanksgiving, three hours before other stores will be kicking off their midnight Black Friday sales. Some highlights include a free $50 gift card when you buy an iPod touch, as well as great discounts on games for  Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, DS, PS3, Wii, and Kinect.

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RadioShack Widens Trade-In Program

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech

RadioShack logoRadioShack has had a limited trade-in program for a while now, but they have just announced that it will become available at all 4,400 of their stores. Take your working used electronics in, show an ID and you will receive a gift card for your efforts. You can also go to their site and get an appraisal and free shipping label. The items are limited to MP3 players, cell phones, gaming consoles, peripherals, computers and a few others, so check with them to find out if your used device qualifies.

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Best Buy to Offer Recycling

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech

Best Buy logoWhile Circuit City goes under with a whimper, Best Buy has announced with a bang that their recycling program will be launched nationwide on Feb. 15. You can bring up to two units per day for each household. Items include computers, VCRs, DVDs, cell phones, peripherals and other small electronics. They will not accept TVs or monitors over 32-inches, console TVs, any appliances, items with Freon and microwaves. Items with screens come with a $10.00 recycling fee, but that becomes an instant Best Buy gift card.

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Retailers Help You Spend Your Stimulus Check

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Misc. Tech

Stimulus CheckWhen you receive that humongous government stimulus check, there are plenty of places to help you spend it. Sears (and Kmart) are offering a gift card worth an additional 10% off the check amount. So is Wally World, Radio Shack, and the grocery chains Kroger and Albertson. Staples is also in on the fun. Watch out, though. Home Depot’s offer says that if you use the check to buy eco-friendly gadgets, it will offer a discount. That’s not really a bargain unless you have been waiting for decades to afford a solar panel. We could go on, but hey, you can play Let’s Make a Deal with tons of companies, so take your choice.

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Apple’s iTunes Music Store Gets Flooded

iTunes logoRecipients of iPods and iTunes gift cards swarmed over Apple’s music store over the last few days, apparently causing 20 minute slowdowns and error messaging. Beginning this past Monday, onliners began to post frantic “help me” messages on their tech forum.

Still looking into the situation, Apple must surely be feeling the cash flow, since online market researcher Hitwise has reported that 4 times as many shoppers visited the iTunes website on Christmas this season as compared to last year. As of now, Apple dominates that market by about 75%, however increased competition could cost them as much as 5% in 2007, according to research analyst Gene Munster.

Read More | USA Today

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