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Paypal: How Not To Run A Promotion 101…

Update: If you did make an order thinking you would get 20% off here is Paypal’s CS email address to check if you qualified in time: customercare@paypal.com
You’re better off emailing than writing because then you have proof in case they promise that you’ll get the cash back and never do.  HT: Asher O.

Paypal has got to be one of the most crooked companies on this planet.

Their marriage to Ebay means that you pretty much must use them and pay their outrageous credit card processing fees when selling on Ebay. Ebay doesn’t allow you to use Google Checkout to process sales because they don’t like competition. (Especially because Google currently charges nothing to process credit cards)

Paypal has also been known to freeze your entire selling account with all of your assets in it for 6 months based on their whims.


Today, Paypal ran a promotion that I purposely didn’t cover.

Normally I have no problem covering companies that I don’t care for, especially when they run a great promo that will cost them big bucks!

At first I was getting ready to run the promotion-Then I read the ridiculous full terms and conditions.
They were purporting to offer a 20% automatic rebate (up to $50 cash back) at a variety of online stores for paying with Paypal.

The automatic rebate would show up as a credit in the user’s paypal account by 01/31/08.

They said that the promo is valid for purchases between 11/26 and 12/10 and that any participating store can be pulled at any time without notice.


Lo and behold they pulled a number of stores such as Dell, Newegg, Toys R US, and others just hours into the promo leaving users scratching their heads. The claim was that there was an “overwhelming response” to the promo.

Now everyone who bought stuff just because of the promo has no idea if they actually qualified for the promo!

There was no confirmation of promo eligibility.

If you ever want to create an obscene amount of badwill during a promotion look no further than Paypal.


Last holiday season Google ran a promotion done right. They offered $10 off every $30 order to all customers with unlimited uses. The $10 off was reflected at checkout. There were no smokescreens about receiving a possible rebate in 2 months time. There was no bait and switch with regard to stores only being eligible for a few hours. At a cost of millions of dollars Google continued to offer the promo even to existing customers throughout the holiday season.

If you ever want to create a significant amount of goodwill during a promotion look no further than Google.

Trust me, you’ll thank me later for not posting this ridiculously stupid promotion.

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Clearance On Pinzon Crystal Glasses From Amazon!

Set Of 4 Pinzon Swirl Highball Glasses, Was $40, Now $9.98

Set Of 4 Pinzon Rumba Double Old-Fashioned/DOF Glasses, Was $60, Now $12.35

Set Of 4 Pinzon Swirl Martini Glasses, Was $40, Now $14.08

Set Of 4 Pinzon Rumba Highball Glasses, Was $60, Now $21.47

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Buy.com Deals Of The Day…

If you create a new Google Checkout account during the buy.com checkout process you will get $10 off any order. You must create the new account while checking out from buy.com in order to get the $10!

All prices shown are without the Google discount.

Cavalry 500GB External Hard Drive With One-Touch Backup-$102.11 Shipped


Kingston 4 Format 2GB Memory card-Includes Adapters For USB Flash Drive, Micro-SD, Mini-SD, and SD card formats-$24.99 Shipped


Samsung ML-2510 Laser Printer-Was $149.99, Now Just $49.99 After $50 Rebate

$50 Rebate Linky

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The Obligatory Site Anniversary/Birthday Post …

Related Posts:
2nd Anniversary Post Linky
1st Anniversary Post Linky

Well, today’s the 3rd anniversary of this site, which for me means that I just turned 23 years old!

It’s been an exciting year for me:
-I escaped shaken, but thank G-d miraculously unharmed, from an angry slum uprising in Brazil. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time!
-I was able to experience Israel for my first time, and spent an incredible 3.5 weeks there.
-Ctownbochur.com became Dansdeals.com!
-Dozens of graphic designers submitted logos in a successful logo design competition. They were whittled down to the awesome primary site logo, designed by impactingimage.com, which is displayed for about half of the time. 6 secondary logos were just too good to pass up on and rotate the other half of the time.
-This site has continued to grow, and recorded its’ 500,000th hit in February and its’ millionth hit last month.

It’s also been a year of some incredible deals. Please post a comment about what your favorite deal was!

Thank you for your continued support of this site, for posting helpful comments, and for “spreading the word!”

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SMOKING HOT!!! HURRY! FREE COMPANION TICKETS ON VIRGIN AMERICA!!!

Update 5: Some dates now work online, others still don’t. If your dates don’t work, just give them a call!

Update 4: Now confirmed: You can book this by calling them. Just give them the promo code listed below and tell them that it’s not working correctly online. You may have to speak to a manager to get them to waive the $5/ticket telephone agent fee. (HT: Smicha program in YOEC)

Update 3: As this is an official promo, feel free to call them up at 877-FLY-VIRGIN and see if they’ll honor the promo over the phone. While you’re at it, tell them to fix their website!

Update 2: The promo is now working online for certain flights, like JFK-LAX, but not LAX-JFK. Stay tuned for further updates.

Update: The promo is not currently working correctly, (it prices the flights out at half price, but then says not available when you try to proceed with your selected flights) I will update as soon as it’s operational!

Related posts:
Virgin America Prelaunch Roundup (With video clips)
25% Off Virgin America Flights

This does not appear to be combinable with the 25% off.

www.virginamerica.com

Before searching for a flight click on “Got a Promo Code?” and use the following code for a free companion ticket: DIGGNATION

You must book travel for 2 people traveling on the same flights for the promo!

Virgin America does not charge any fee for cancellations within 24 hours of the time of booking!

Rules:
-Book travel by 11:59pm PST on 12/07/07.
-Valid for coach travel between 11/26/07 and 03/19/08.
-Blackout dates: 12/19/07-01/06/08 and 02/14/08, 02/15/08, and 02/18/08.

HT: DY

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Roundup Of Nuvis On Sale At Amazon!

There have been tons of deals on the Nuvis this past week, here is some background info:

The Garmin Nuvi is arguably the best GPS system. They are always very highly ranked by Consumer Reports and other rating agencies.

I personally tried out many GPS systems before settling on the Nuvi series, and have never looked back.

They are:
-Very compact and lightweight.
-Much quicker to lock onto satellites than other GPS units.
-Very intuitive and easy to use.
-Have excellent points of interest.

-All of the Nuvis numbered 300 and higher have text-to-speech, meaning that they speak the actual street names that you will need to turn onto. This is a very important feature to look for when you’re buying a GPS unit!

Bluetooth is a nice feature to have on your GPS unit. The Nuvi easily syncs with any bluetooth phone. It will automatically have your entire phone’s phonebook and voice-dialing capabilities. Any outgoing or incoming phone calls will be routed through the Nuvi’s speaker and microphone while you’re driving. The incoming caller’s information will be displayed on the Nuvi, and you will have the option of accepting or rejecting the phone call.

The Nuvi 600 series units retain the compactness of the 300 series, but adds a noticeably bigger and easier to read screen.

Garmin Nuvi 350-$299.95 (Ultra-compact, no bluetooth or traffic)

Garmin Nuvi 360-$329.99 (Ultra-compact, has bluetooth)

Garmin Nuvi 660-$399.99 (Compact, but with a larger screen size, has bluetooth and traffic)

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Hey-They Do Know Why I Fly…

AA Video Ads Linky

The ad “I’ll Go” does a poor job as far as demonstrating how AA is better than anyone else, (you could insert any airline into the ad) but I liked it anyway!

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Hurry! MLB Power Pros For Nintendo Wii For Just $19.99 Shipped From Best Buy!

In response to requests for more wii game deals…

$19.99 MLB Power Pros Linky

This is $37.99 from Amazon.

Seems to have excellent customer reviews at Amazon…

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Ad: Miraculous Chanukah Sale! Special Low Price On AURA 100% European Multidirectional Sheitels (Wigs) – PLUS Save Even More With $150 Off Coupon!!

Valid on Custom Orders or 100% European Specials

Offer good now through the end of Chanukah (12/12/07)

Use the following coupon code at checkout: 8lights

See AURA Custom European Wigs Thursday Night in TARZANA, California:

November 29th 8-10 pm, 5021 Otis Avenue, Tarzana 91356


or Saturday night and Sunday in NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California:

December 1st & 2nd by appointment; call Chira 651-235-7293 (cell)


ALSO: Check Out the Savvy Online Chinese Auction

Tickets just $5 – $18

WIN GREAT PRIZES!!!

• Custom European Wig ($1,480 Value)
• Handmade Oriental Rug ($990 Value)
• Georgie Mono French Part Wig ($349 Value)
• Young Living Essential Oils ($277 Value)
• Sushi Metsuyan Dinner for Two ($100 Value)
• DVD Chanukah Story Package ($50 Value)
• Chocolate Lover’s Organic Truffles ($42.50 Value)
• And more!

Winners announced Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
Proceeds will be used to help a young family with a preemie baby.

BID NOW!

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SMOKING HOT! GET $50 CASH BACK FOR SIGNING UP FOR A FREE 30 DAY TRIAL WITH CITI IDENTITY MONITOR AND GET ALL 3 OF YOUR CREDIT REPORTS AND SCORES!!!!!!

Update 2: Don’t forget to cancel this if you don’t want to pay the $12.95 monthly fee! 

Update: By now you should have received the $50 rebate form, send in any receipts totaling $50 and enjoy the cash (no need to send me a thank you note)! You do not need to keep your account active in order to receive the $50!

Originally posted on 10/25:

Whoever said that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” obviously was not a dansdeals.com reader…

Offer Linky

This offer is incredible!


Just sign up for a free 30 day trial with Citi identity monitor and you will get a $50 rebate form sent to you in the mail!

You will get the rebate form within 2-3 weeks after signing up. With the form you will have to send in receipts showing at least $50 worth of purchases from anywhere! Multiple receipts totaling up to $50 are allowed!

After you get the rebate form you are free to cancel-there is no requirement to have identity monitor active in order to receive the $50 rebate!

You will receive the $50 within 4-6 weeks of sending in the rebate form and receipts.


With Citi identity monitor you will get all 3 of your credit reports and scores!

Canceling is easy, just call them at 866-279-9637, they have never given me a hard time, and they’ll even waive the $12.95 monthly fee if you forget to cancel within the 30 day trial!


I am happy to report that even after opening too many credit cards to possibly count, I still have an “excellent” score!


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Hurry! More Amazon Jewelry Possible Price Mistakes-Save 40% Off Of Already On Sale “Journey” Jewelry!

Update: DEAD!

20% Off Items Linky

Most (but not all!) of the items on this page will take off 20% twice-for a total of 40% off-at the final checkout page!

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Hurry!!! Price Mistake? Sterling Silver Flat Link Charm Bracelet-Was $60, Now $20 Shipped From Amazon After Double Promo Savings!

Update 2- 11/25 @ 10:00AM Double promo savings is now dead!

Update: It says currently out of stock-but they will still let you place an order for it at just $20 shipped!!!

Sterling Silver Flat Link Charm Bracelet Linky

Comes out to just $20 shipped at the final checkout page after $10 off and 2 discounts of 30% each!

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HURRY! HOT! Fly To/From Minneapolis (MSP) And Any Domestic City Served By Sun Country For $98+ RT!!!

Update 12/27 @ 1:00am: DEAD

Sun Country Airlines Reservations Linky

Round trip price including all taxes is about $118.

Travel is only valid between 11/29 and 12/14.

Valid cities to/from MSP:

-Dallas (DFW)

-Ft. Myers (RSW)

-Harlingen, TX (HRL)

-Las Vegas (LAS)

-Laughlin, NV (IFP)

-Los Angeles (LAX)

-New York (JFK)

-Orlando (MCO)

-Palm Springs, CA (PSP)

-Tampa, FL (TPA)

-Washington D.C. (IAD)

-Phoenix (PHX)

-S. Diego (SAN)

-S. Francisco (SFO)

-Seattle (SEA)

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Ending Tonight! But 3 $25 iTunes Gift Cards, Get 1 Free From Best Buy!

iTunes GC Linky

Click “add to cart” and then change the quantity in your cart to “4″

You will only be charged $75 for the 4 cards.

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iPods Are On Sale Today At Amazon!

Update: Now prices are even lower!

-80GB iPod Classic is now just $228.

-16GB iPod Touch is now just $359.99.

Be sure to call Amazon to get an adjustment if you bought these before the additional price cut!

iPods rarely go on sale, so when they do go on sale from a reputable seller that doesn’t charge tax and gives free shipping (and free return shipping) it’s time to buy!

iPod Classic: (Gen. 6 iPod)
80GB Black iPod Classic, Normally $249.99, Today $237.99
80GB Silver iPod Classic , Normally $249.99, Today $237.99
160GB Black iPod Classic , Normally $349.99, Today $332.49
160GB Silver iPod Classic Normally $349.99, Today $332.49

iPod Nano (Gen. 3-With Video):
4GB Silver iPod Nano, Normally $149.99, Today $138.00
8GB Silver iPod Nano , Normally $199.99, Today $188.00
8GB Black iPod Nano , Normally $199.99, Today $188.00
8GB Green iPod Nano , Normally $199.99, Today $188.00
8GB Blue iPod Nano , Normally $199.99, Today $188.00

iPod Touch: (Gen. 1)
8GB iPod Touch , Normally $299.99, Today $292.49
16GB iPod Touch , Normally $399.99, Today $379.00

iPod Shuffle (Gen. 3):
1GB Purple iPod Shuffle , Normally $79.99, Today $68.00
1GB Silver iPod Shuffle , Normally $79.99, Today $68.00
1GB Blue iPod Shuffle , Normally $79.99, Today $68.00
1GB Green iPod Shuffle , Normally $79.99, Today $68.00

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Hurry! Stootsi.com Red Friday Giveaway-Free Mystery Item With Free Shipping!!!

Update: DEAD! 

Free Mystery Item Linky

You will have to sign up for an account, but no credit card is required to place the order-Red Friday indeed!

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Buy.com Black Friday Deals With No Rebates!

If you create a new Google Checkout account during the buy.com checkout process you will get $10 off any order. You must create the new account while checking out from buy.com in order to get the $10!

All prices shown are without the Google discount.

iHome Portable Speaker System for iPod Nano Gen. 1 and 2-$16.99

Kingston DDR2 Laptop Ram-$22.95

4GB Mini SD With Full Size SD Adapter-$23.95

Spartan Sports 5′ Air Hockey With Overhead Scoring-$89.99

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet With Skype-$199.99

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Buy.com Black Friday Deals With Rebates!

If you create a new Google Checkout account during the buy.com checkout process you will get $10 off any order. You must create the new account while checking out from buy.com in order to get the $10!

All prices shown are without the Google discount.

4GB SD Card-$19.99 After $8 Rebate (Perfect for your new SD card Sanyo Hybrid Camera/Camcorder!)

$8 Rebate Linky



Antec Notebook Cooler Fan With Aluminum Surface-$10.00 After $18 Rebate

$18 Rebate Linky



Trendnet Wi-Fi Router-$10.99 After $25 Rebate

$25 Rebate Linky



Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe Webcam-Was $79.99, Now $19.99 After $50 Rebate

$50 Rebate Linky



Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse-Was $99.99, Now $39.99 After $30 Rebate

$30 Rebate Linky

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Sonic And The Secret Rings For Ninteno Wii For $19.99 From Amazon!

Update: Sold Out! 

Wii games retail for $49.99, so this is a pretty nice deal.
Sonic And The Secret Rings For Ninteno Wii Linky

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Save $100 Today! Sanyo Xacti Waterproof Hybrid 6MP Camera With 5x Optical Zoom+MPEG4 Camcorder For Just $399.99 Shipped From Amazon!!!

Sanyo Xacti Waterproof Hybrid Camera/Camcorder Linky


I actually have this hybrid camera+camcorder. It has a very nice, easy to grip, and small form factor. It uses SD cards to store photos and videos. It is incredible for underwater activities like snorkeling, etc!

Besides for having slightly “mushy” buttons, this is a very solid hybrid camera/camcorder.

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More Black Friday Sale Pages At Amazon!

Amazon has really brought their A game to the plate today!

GPS BF Sale 

Computer BF Sale 

MP3 Player BF Sale 

Wireless BF Sale 

Camera BF Sale 

TV BF Sale 

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Huge Amazon Friday Sale-Save Up To 89%!!!

Apparel Sale Linky

Electronics Sale Linky

Footwear Sale Linky

Home & Garden Sale Linky

Home Improvement Sale Linky

Jewelry & Watches Sale Linky

Kitchen & Dining Sale Linky

Personal Care & Grocery Sale Linky

Sporting Goods Sale Linky

Toys & Baby Sale Linky

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HURRY! KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, Normally $269.99, Now Just $119.99 Shipped From Amazon!!!

Update 2- 11/24 @ 7:00pm: Amazon has raised the price to $159.99.

Update- 11/23 @ 3:00pm: Amazon has raised the price to $139.99.

KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer Linky

If you don’t see the $199.99 price, try using the following link:

Alternate KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer Linky

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Amazon Black Friday Sale!!!

Deals are updated on the hour!

Amazon BF Sale Linky

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SMOKING HOT!!! Save 25% Off Of Virgin America Flights!

Related post: Virgin America Prelaunch Roundup (With video clips)

With the discount, JFK-LAX flights that were $139+ each way become $104+ each way!

www.virginamerica.com

Before searching for a flight click on “Got a Promo Code?” and use the following code for 25% off: elevate25

Rules:

-Book travel by 11:59pm PST on 12/07/07.
-Valid for coach travel between 11/26/07 and 03/19/08.
-Blackout dates: 12/19/07-01/06/08 and 02/14/08, 02/15/08, and 02/18/08.

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Another Nuvi Deal–Nuvi 360 For $329.99 Shipped From Amazon!

Update-11/24 @ 7:00pm: The Nuvi 650 is now $363, the Nuvi 360 is still $329.99

Related post: Nuvi 650 for $309.99 shipped from Amazon.

The advantage of this GPS over the the Nuvi 650 is that it comes with bluetooth.

It is also more compact and has a smaller screen, which could be better or worse for you…

Garmin Nuvi 360 Linky

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Buy 5 AMEX Gift Cards-Get A Free $25 Gadget Lover’s Card By Mail!

Offer Linky

Use the following code to knock off all of the AMEX processing fees: GCARD07

Shipping is $5.95

The smallest gift cards for sale are $25.

$25 Gadget Lover’s Rebate Card Linky

The $25 Gadget Lover’s rebate card can be used at the stores listed in this link: Valid stores linky

The gift cards are valid anywhere that AMEX is accepted.

Not valid in CT, HI, NH, RI & VT.

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Who Killed Black Friday?

Black Friday used to be an awesome day, one of my favorite days of the year.

It is always within 4 days of my birthday, so the bargains of the day coincided nicely for me right off the bat.

I remember the good old days (before all the ads were available online weeks beforehand) when I would run out of my dorm first thing Thursday morning and buy the local paper. Back then stores like Best Buy actually had amazing deals.

One year I was able to get 4 $400 cell phones out the door for free after $250 off instantly and a $150 Best Buy rebate without even activating a plan!

Another time I got tons of fairly expensive electronics at CompUSA all for free after rebates.

I went religiously every year and often camped out at stores like Best Buy until 2005. (Besides for when my birthday came out on Black Friday on November 26, 2004, when I was down in S. Paulo, Brazil. I was so down about missing the deals that in a stroke of fate I decided to start a blog called ctownbochur.blogspot.com and shared it with a couple friends on AIM…maybe you’ve heard of it?)

I was always able to make enough money reselling the goodies on Ebay to feed my technology bug for the entire next year.

Last year’s Black Friday sales were lame.

This year’s offerings are worse.

I mean for 364 days out the year, no savvy shopper would ever walk into a Best Buy or CompUSA, but at least they had 1 day of good deals.

Do they think that the Black Friday hype is so great that they can still draw the same crowd while not offering any compelling offers?

Or have they simply gotten smarter and realized that selling items at a loss doesn’t make good business sense. After all the term “Black Friday” is thought to have come from the fact that this was the day when retailers would finally climb out of “the red” and into “the black” for the year, due to it being the busiest shopping day of the year.

It actually made perfect business sense. There were only a very limited number of deeply discounted items, but every store still drew thousands of customers buying other items to make up for it. Besides the best deals were always after rebates, which most people seemingly don’t even bother to apply for.

Black Friday used to be a bunch of marketing hype, but savvy shoppers could still come out ahead.

Now it is all hype, without any of the benefits.

Goodbye Black Friday. It was nice while you lasted.

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Some Black Friday Freebies…

Here are a couple BF freebies that caught my eye…

Radio Shack-Opens 6AM: AT&T Motorola Prepaid Cell Phone (No contract/credit check required) : Free After $20 Rebate.

Express-After 11AM Only: Free With Any Purchase: Men: Lounge Pants ($40 Value). Women: Wrist Clutch($25 Value).

Old Navy-Opens 5AM: Free With $20 Purchase: MP3 Player ($40 Value). You should be able to buy a $20 Gap Inc. GC and qualify for the MP3 player.

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Amazon Customers Vote Promo Returns!

Update: Today is day 1 of the winning items. Go to the link below and see if you were randomly selected to be able to buy a Nintendo Wii for just $79!

Originally posted on 11/16

Amazon Customers Vote Linky

Here’s how it works this time:

“-Step 1: Vote. Browse our six rounds of great products, and vote for the ones you’d like to buy at an amazing discount.

-Step 2: Check back. Come back on each round’s buying day to see if you were randomly selected to get a deal on the product you voted for in that round.

Keep in mind:

-You’re only eligible to be offered a deal on the products that you vote for.

-You may vote in all six rounds on the same day if you like.

-You cannot change your vote.

-You must return to this page on the buying day for each round to find out whether you were randomly selected to be offered a deal on the product you voted for.

-If you’re offered a deal, be sure to check out soon, as the offer is good for a limited time only.”

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HURRY! Nuvi 660, Was $799.99, Now Just $399.99 From Best Buy!

Update: SOLD OUT! 

Nuvi 660 Linky

This is $502 from Amazon!

You must add it to your cart to see the $399 price!

In general the Nuvi’s numbered x60 have more features than the ones numbered x50.

This Nuvi has bluetooth and a 90 day traffic subscription.

With bluetooth, you can easily sync your entire phone to the GPS, and be able to make voice-activated calls and have your entire phone book right from the Nuvi!

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SMOKING HOT! Buy A Polaroid 7MP/3x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom/3″ LCD Digital Camera For Just $91.97 Shipped And Get $75 Off An Epson Printer After Rebate!

Plus Save An Additonal $10 Off With A New Google Checkout Account!

Polaroid Camera Linky

$75 Epson Printer Rebate Linky

You must purchase the camera at the same time as the printer to get the rebate.

Qualifying Epson Printers currently in stock at Buy.com-Prices listed are before the $75 combo rebate:

CX5000 Multifunction Inkjet Printer-$74.99 Shipped

R280 Inkjet Photo Printer-$84.99 Shipped

C120 Inkjet Printer-$85.99 Shipped

R380 Hi-Definition Inkjet Photo Printer-$93.99 Shipped

CX6000 Multifunction Inkjet Printer-$97.99 Shipped

RX595 Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer-$105.99 Shipped After Additional $30 Rebate

RX680 Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer-$137.88 Shipped After Additional $40 Rebate

CX9400F Multifunction Fax Inkjet Printer-$149.24 Shipped

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Migo Rescue Premium Data Restoration Software For Free With Free Shipping After $30 Rebate, Or Negative $10 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

Update: Sold Out! 

Undelete deleted files!
Migo Rescue Premium Data Restoration Software Linky

$30 Rebate Linky

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RCA Noise Canceling Headphones For $14.99 Shipped, Or $4.99 Shipped With A New Google Checkout Account!

RCA Noise Canceling Headphones Linky

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Palm Centro: Making Sure That I Don’t Take Vacation Days…Plus: A Quick Trip Report.

Maybe you didn’t notice: I’ve been on the road since early Sunday morning.

In the past I’ve always had an excuse for enjoying some precious days off from updating this website while traveling, but now I have a Palm Centro.

The Centro is the best device from Palm yet.

At first I had my reservations, the thumbpad seems to small to be usable, and the casing a little too “plasticky.” However after some use it was clear that the Centro is a winner.

It is significantly smaller and lighter than previous Treos, it actually feels like a regular phone when you’re holding it.

As far as the thumbpad-I was pleasantly surprised with how good the accuracy was.

It has a speedy processor and suffers none of the lags than plagued some previous Treo’s.

Even better: The internet speeds and push email functionality are top-notch.

The Centro has the fastest web-browsing that I have seen on a phone, and it performs flawlessly and swiftly when tethered to a laptop. (I’m talking about speeds better than the wretched AT&T DSL that I recently canceled when I finally made the switch to cable!)

Best of all: Sprint doesn’t charge me a penny to use their high-speed EV-DO data network and the push-email program and service is on the house!

Blackberry-What for?!?



As for where I was…

Sunday: In Crown Heights at the L’chaim (engagement party) of Yarden Blumstein, my chassidus chavrusa (learning partner) of 5 consecutive years!

Monday: In Monsey at the wedding of a first cousin of mine, Avigail Eleff to Ariel Fogel—Mazal Tov!
(Special kudos to Eli for the place card…lol)
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Monday night was spent at the Sheraton in nearby Mahwah, NJ. This was really a beautiful hotel. It cost a whole $60 thanks to priceline, and they gave me a sweet Starwood Gold upgraded suite on the club level just for the asking!

Finally, thanks to Sruly Kotlarsky for the tip to dine at the Purple Pear in Monsey yesterday-I can heartily recommend it!

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Starwood Pick Your Promo Is Back!

Important: This is a promotion for paid stays in Starwood branded hotels. This is not a promotion for spending on your Starwood AMEX card!

The promo options seem to depend on your Starwood elite status.

The promo is valid for hotel stays between 12/01/07 and 2/29/08.

You can only pick one promo.

Promo Registration Linky

SPG Platinum members:

1. Earn up to 24,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every four eligible stays, you’ll earn 6,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 16 stays and 24,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2. Earn double stays. For example, if you stay three times, you’ll receive credit for six stays toward keeping your Platinum status, which usually requires 25 stays or 50 nights within a calendar year to reach.

3. Earn double Starpoints on all your stays. That’s five Starpoints for every U.S. dollar spent.


SPG Gold members:

1. Earn up to 16,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every three eligible stays, you’ll earn 4,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 12 stays and 16,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2 and 3 are the same as for Platinum members.


Other members:

1. Earn up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints®. With every two eligible stays, you’ll earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints (up to 8 stays and 8,000 total bonus Starpoints).

2 and 3 are the same as for Platinum members, except that if you pick option 3 you will receive 4 Starpoints per dollar spent.
Earn up to 16,000 bonus Starpoints

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Spirit Airlines One Day .01 Sale…

I hate posting these (IMHO) gimmicky sales, but if I don’t post it then I will be bombarded with email telling me to post it, so I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s much less hassle to just to post it…

Sale Linky 

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iPod iLove Stereo Docking System For Just $29.95 + Shipping At B&H Photo!

Seems like this will work with any regular iPod and the 1st/2nd gen. nanos.  It will not work with a 3rd gen. nano…

iPod iLove Stereo Docking System Linky

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HURRY! Free Tickets To Tonight’s Cleveland Cavaliers Game!

Update: The tickets have been given away. Thanks to smallworldtickets.com for this giveaway!

See King James and the rest of the Cavs take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Q tonight at 7:00pm.

Well, don’t just check them out, check them out FOR FREE!

Smallworldtickets.com has generously donated 4 tickets to tonights game.

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The first 2 people who email me will each get 2 great seats for the game, free of charge, with absolutely no strings attached.

First come, first served!

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Ctowners: Buy Tickets Now For The Indians Home Opener And Opening Series!

I have the presale password to buy opening series Tribe tickets at face value.

Email me for the password.

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