Cyber Monday Ads 2013 Round Up

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Trooper_One

Almost a year ago (Dec 23), I bought a set of 2x 8GB DDR3 RAM (9-9-9-24) for CND $75. I wanted to buy a second but I didn't since I though the price will keep crashing.

Little did I know that now the very same set costs over $150 a year later...

*sigh*

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vrmlbasic

Where was/is this 229 dollar 50" HDTV? I found the bluray deals on Amazon but these tech deals continue to elude me.

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Carlidan

Kinda of teed off because what i've heard, no AIB boards will until next year for the 290. And just got a new monitor. :(

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ILovePotatos

Here is a list of best Amazon deals: http://budgetsaving.com/cyber-monday-2013-best-deals/

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And3rs0nTX

A lot of these prices are way off.

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Crashoverride

was hoping to see many of the other deals available on not just hardware i.e. 75% off hosting at Hostgator or 50% off on online backup at Backblaze or three magazine subscriptions for $13 or five for $18 at discountmags.

I'm sure there are deals on website themes and certification classes etc that are out there that a computer person could really use. Seems like the low hanging fruit of what the major retailers are offering was listed.

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KenLV

Missed the first day, but BF4 is still on sale at Origin 50% off - $29.99 for reg or $34.00 for digital Deluxe. And the Double XP week just started yesterday to boot.

Plus a bunch of other titles.

And then there's Steam's sale...

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pastorbob

Newegg must have had some EXTREMELY limited quantities. They had a door-buster special on a Kingston 120 gig SSD for $59.99, from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Pacific. I hit the site at 4:01 and they were sold out. Oh well. I didn't need it anyway.

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vrmlbasic

Amazon isn't making these deals very easy to find.

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TheMissingPiece

Don't forget: Best Buy has the Surface RT (1) 32GB for $200 on BF! Hey Jimmy/any other editors reading this - what do you guys think about the pricing? Cheap enough to buy? Too little too late?

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jimmthang

If you're going to use the Surface RT as mostly a web browser (see: Chromebook), that's not a bad price. Just don't expect much more than that. Still, Chromebooks generally have better keyboards than RT's weird touchpad offering... :/

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vrmlbasic

Though the chromebook doesn't have the (possible) convenience of the tablet form.

Y'all must be promoting the chromebooks "ironically". ;)

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KenLV

"Finally, we're not big on mail-in-rebates...we'll probably omit it"

I hated that last year you decided for me that I'm not interested in getting rebates, and I hate that you're doing it to/for me this year. It's insulting.

Why not just include them, and as you said, put an asterisk? That way those of us who are willing to print out a piece of paper and put a stamp on an envelope to save even more cash can decide for ourselves?

Some stores have great customer service and return policies, others are crap. As well as being biased against rebates, you probably have stores you're "not big on" shopping with either. Are you going to omit deals at those stores as well? I doubt it. So give your readers some credit - we can decide these things for ourselves. Buyer beware - hence the asterisk - but let the buyer decide.

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Paul_Lilly

KenLV, I appreciate where you're coming from, and while I'm glad you've had positive experiences with mail-in-rebates, they're notoriously a pain to deal with. It's not always a matter of simply following directions -- just as you've posted positive experiences with MIRs, I can post some experiences of my own that were downright crummy through no fault of my own.

Complaints about MIR are common and littered all over the web. At best, an MIR is an unnecessary hoop to jump through to save a few bucks. At worst, it's a drawn out process that may involve resubmitting forms, paying extra for signature confirmation (if you're getting the runaround), and a general time suck that still may not pay off. Some of the fulfillment centers that handle MIRs for vendors use their low redemption rates as a selling point, which is why MIRs are so popular among vendors.

All that said, we'll still post MIR deals that are particularly attractive, but for the most part, we'll stick to products with upfront discounts.

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John Pombrio

And instead of getting a rebate check, you get the little debit cards which you cannot use online or any store except the likes of Gamestop and Best Buy. Like the rebate but hate the cards.

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KenLV

Don't know what to tell you John, but that's not been my experience at all.

I get and use Visa Debit cards all the time and use them everywhere I shop without issue - paying a bill out to dinner, shopping at Amazon.com, Steam, or my local grocery store, etc... They have been a great tool for saving a TON of cash over the years.

For example, thanks to rebates, I haven't had to pay for Norton in a decade and I've got a $50 and $25 debit card in my drawer in front of me at this moment that I used to buy a Steam game two days ago and buy a clock off Amazon last month.

I've honestly never understood the gripe about rebates. Sure, if you don't send them in or mess up with the written, and let's be honest here, pretty damn easy instructions, yes, you'll not get your money. But even when I've run into the RARE issue - a couple of months back they said a proof of purchase was missing, I had done as instructed and made a copy of everything I had sent in and emailed my PDF proof and 8 days later had my rebate card.

IDK, maybe some people are just better at following instructions than others. Or maybe they just follow through while others put the rebate stuff in a drawer and forget about it - and then blame "that damn greedy company" for ripping them off... :)

But again, if someone doesn't want to deal with any of this, fair enough. Your choice and I wouldn't ask anyone to do anything that wasn't right for THEM. But my point still stands, to omit these deals because you may not like printing off a form and licking a stamp and taking away my choice, well that's certainly wrong.

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Refuge88

Just as a side comment, the people that work here are not "Deciding for you"

You have a computer, look the shit up yourself, this isn't the only website out there.

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KenLV

Wait, what? You mean there are other places on the ol' interwebs to look things up besides MaxPC? Please, do tell... :/

Anyway, still missing the point. I mean heck, your logic applies to just about EVERYTHING they print here since I could "look that shit up myself" on this here computer thingy as well.

But again, not the point. Seeing as they WANT eyeballs HERE (you know, to pay the bills and all) my point is that if you are going to do this, don't half ass it forcing readers to go elsewhere to get the info.

Thanks for the tip though.

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poee

Mail-in rebates are a scam. The only reason for them to exist at all is so retailers can advertise a price that seems lower than their competitors', but actually isn't. If they really want to offer you a discount, why not lower the price at the point-of-sale? Easy: because it is a scam. Don't encourage unscrupulous vendors! Vote with your wallet and encourage those vendors who will actually give you a discount instead of a promised, eventual MIR (that may never arrive regardless of how perfectly you jumped though all their bullshit hoops).

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John Pombrio

I had to keep telling my kids "It's not a sale unless you were planning to buy it in the first place." But then there are Steam sales, and t'hell with that saying. I am always a sucker for cheap storage devices.

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Obsidian

Steam ... oh dang! I didn't even account for the possibility of their black Friday / Cyber Monday sales potential. Facepalm. Back to the budget allocation spreadsheet I go. Hmmm, how can I cook the books if my wife has them? ;)

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Strhopper

you guys listed a nexus 7 2013 from walmart.......its actually the 2012 model

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Rift2

Yeah that is a black box item....

If you don't know what the black box is at walmart don't ask =)

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jimmthang

Thanks for the catch!

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AFDozerman

Gotta love the picture of a Haswell chip with AMD FX-4130 written under it...

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Paul_Lilly

The pics represent the categories, which will be fleshed out as the week progresses and more deals are made known. I have no doubt there will be deals on Haswell chips, but in the meantime, I'll swap it out with an AMD pic to avoid confusion.