Buy a Denon HEOS, get up to $100 Amazon credit

Good until the end of day on 1/3/2015, at Amazon.com, you can get an Amazon.com account credit up to $100 when you one of select Denon HEOS wireless speakers or accessories. The flagship HEOS 7 gets a $100 credit, while the HEOS 5 or 3 get a $50 credit each. Three more accessories are participating, with credits ranging from $7.50 to $37. HEOS is Denon’s answer to the Sonos systems.

Refurbished Motorola Droid X2 MB870 (Verizon; no contract) for $20 + SH

Party like it’s Android 2.2! If you want to relive the early tortured days of Android or if you are a developer looking to test on older devices, the seller-refurbished Motorola Droid X2 MB870 smartphone, in Verizon Wireless flavor, is offered for $20 plus shipping at Tanga.com with a limit of ten per customer. It comes with a 30-day warranty and may show cosmetic wear. It has a 4.3-inch display. No contract!

8.82oz ESP Emporium China Green Rose Tea Leaves for $3

If you like to try teas from different companies, and be at the forefront of exploration (translation: it has no customer reviews), for just $3, you can get this 8.82oz of ESP Emporium China Green Rose Congu Tea. These are tea leaves, not tea bags! A picture of the tea leaves and the outer package is included at the Amazon product page. It has just two ingredients, tea leaves and rose petals per the picture of the package over there. There is a limit of ten per customer.

However, it’s not all rosy (pardon the pun), because of the low price, this is part of the Amazon Add-On program, which means, you need to place an order of $25 or more before Amazon allows you to buy it. This restriction applies to Prime members as well. You could get to $25+ with 8 of these, but given the lack of reviews, it is perhaps a better idea to simply add one of these to an order of $25 or more. If you like it, then you can stock up.

Targus Trek Backpack for 16-inch laptops for $13

If you are looking for a backpack for your 16-inch laptop, the Targus Trek, model TSB193US, is currently on sale for $13 at Amazon.com. You can buy as many as you like. It averages 3.8 out of 5 based on 50 customer reviews, so obviously don’t expect features and function of one that costs five times as much. There are four different pictures of it to help you get a better feel for it.

PS: not all 16-inch laptops are the same in terms of size. The actual screen may be so, but there are other aspects of their design that affect how well they fit in different bags, so there’s always a YMMV factor until you actually try it with our very own laptop.

Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint Prepaid only) for $125 [updated]

If you are looking for a phone on the Sprint prepaid network or simply you are looking for a Wifi-only device, the new condition Samsung Galaxy S3 locked to the aforementioned network is on sale for $125 with free shipping at Amazon.com with a limit of three per customer. This is no contract and you are under no obligation to start or maintain service on the Sprint network. This takes microSD cards up to 64GB, so it could make a pretty handy media player with its 4.8-inch display. This is an on-going promotion, an expiration date is not given but obviously it won’t last forever.

Price updated 1/20/15.

[DEAD] Free mp3-album: Michael Bubble’s Christmas (20 tracks)

This limited time offer expired, but Google Play Music seems to have weekly specials, so check back on a weekly basis for possible other mp3 specials…
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[DEAD] 13.3″ ASUS Chromebook (4GB RAM, 32GB SSD) for $230

As of a 12/28/14 recheck, this sale ended…

If you are a fan of Chromebooks with 13-inch displays and you don’t need a touchscreen, the 4GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage version of the 13.3″ ASUS Chromebook is currently on sale for $230 with free shipping at Amazon.com with a limit of three per customer during this promotional period. This version is only available in black.

[DEAD] Starts Dec 21: 7-inch Nobis NB7022 S Android tablet for $30

This weekly special expired on 12/27/14 but some of the Staples offers are recurring, so it may return in a few weeks…
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[DEAD] Dec 21-27: Kindle Basic w/Touchscreen plus $30 Visa Gift Card (via EzRebate) for $60

This weekly special ended but it may return in the future as a lot of Staples Kindle specials are of the recurring variety…
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11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 for $230

Samsung had the first blockbuster Chromebook with the late 2012 11.6-inch Chromebook. Since then, the market has gone a lot more competitive, and Samsung replaced the original model with a 11.6″ and a 13.3″. Now, market pressure and time, have discounted the second generation 11.6″ model, the XE500C12-K01US, you can get it for $230 with free shipping at Amazon.com and other places.

Strategically though, with more touchscreen Chromebooks coming out, one has to trade-off the convenience of a touchscreen vs the lower price of a non-TS model. Especially now that the affordable Windows 2-in-1s are directly competing on price with the Chromies.

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) for $30 [limit 3] {WinPhone}

If you want to experiment with Windows Phone 8.1 and don’t want to sign a contract or pay a lot of money for a handset, or go the used route, there is a great deal at the moment at Amazon.com. For just $30, you can get the new condition no-contract Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) with a limit of three per customer. You are not obligated to start a prepaid plan with AT&T. You can just use it as a Wifi-only device.

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10.1-inch 32GB HP Pavilion X2 Detachable for $200 [W8]

As of a 3/11/14 recheck, this sale is back on!

Windows goes on the attack once again, bringing fire and blood to the Chromebooks which perhaps rested a bit on their laurels.Right now, for just $200, you can get the 10.1-inch 32GB HP Pavilion X2 Detachable hybrid from Amazon.com. Or you can get the 64GB version for about $25 more. Limit three per customer.

It’s a tablet, it’s a laptop, and it is SSD powered, so no painful hard disk spinning. And it has a touchscreen. It is powered by the recent Intel Atom Z3736F Processor, with 2GB RAM, Intel HD graphics, 1280×800 resolution, and a battery life estimate of over 11.5 hours. You also get a one year subscription to Office 365.

For general purpose lightweight computer use, I am now starting to tilt towards Windows 8 2-in-1s over Chromebooks. Thanks to the Desktop persona, you can install most of your favorite Windows apps, and you can install as many browsers as you want. And that’s before you take it to the next level with Firefox Profiles.

Obviously, don’t expect these to run Photoshop or AutoCAD or heavy duty productivity software. But for email, browsers, social media, music, videos, they can be pretty, pretty, pretty good as Larry David likes to say. You still have the various frustrations of Windows, it still takes a million pointless clicks just to install a new version of an existing app, you still have to reboot every time Windows Update sneezes, and such.

[DEAD] Google Play Gifts: Lord of the Rings movie and Linkin Park album

This limited time promotion but Google Play appears to have weekly promotions, some of which are free, others very close to free, so stay tuned…
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Chase adds Grocery Stores to 5% Quarterly Rewards for 2015

Great news for credit card cashback fans! Chase has published a sneak preview of their 2015 5% rotating quarterly categories and there’s an exciting change! The first quarter is Grocery Stores! This is huge since we all need food! It has the usual quarterly limit of $1500, and some stores are not eligible (eg Walmart, Target, and other warehouse stores) as usual. But still, this is a great cashback opportunity. The maxout on this is $75 in Cashback Rewards for the first quarter (5% of $1500). Also included in Q1 are Starbucks and Movie Theatres. This increases the chances of more people maxing out the first quarter.

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The second quarter is headlined by Restaurants, while the third is gas stations. Both have “and more” so more options may be added. The last quarter, as usual, it is holiday shopping time, headlined by Amazon.com. For each quarter, the activation (sign-up/opt-in) for promotion is the 15th of the previous month. So for Q1, you can sign up starting December 15, for Q2 you can sign up March 15, and so forth. Another consumer-friendly thing that Chases does (I know, shocking!), you can sign up deep into the quarter and still qualify.

Tip: you can also buy gift cards at the various participating stores, so you can pre-buy your future purchases. For example, if you are a regular Starbucksaholic, you can load up your gift card for future purchases. Or buy other store gift cards through the grocery stores. Or gift certificates at your favorite restaurants or gas stations. And so forth.

[DEAD] Buy $125+ in select Gift Cards, get $20 off next Smart and Final purchase

This specific offer expired, but gift card promotions are recurring at Smart and Final every few weeks or so, so stay tuned…
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