Refurbished Dell Latitude E5430 laptops for $199 each

This is a weeklong sale without coupons (and not eligible for coupons) at Dell Refurbished, the Section 31 of the Dell website that resells off-lease computers with 100-day warranty. Good until 10/24/17 at 11:59pm central time, you can get any available Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop for $199 with free ground shipping while supplies last. Coupons are not valid on this offer.

The LG V30 and V30+ are out!

LG’s approach to their flagship smartphone cameras has been bright lenses and wider than telephoto. Their new LG V30 and V30+ duo is now out in the US market with various options at various carriers. The unlocked versions are coming later in the year. As part of the launch, LG and Google have a special promotion through participating carriers that gets you a FREE Daydream View VR Headset and a second year warranty.

+ at Verizon Wireless, you get a $200 prepaid VISA gift card along with the Daydream
+ price is $840 outright or $35/month on a 24-month plan on approved credit with 0% APR

+ at T-Mobile the price is $800 or the equivalent with an installment plan
+ but they offer $500 back in a prepaid Mastercard if you buy TWO LG V30s when you add a line, pay with an Installment Plan and such. There’s also an optional offer for a free LG G Pad X2 tablet

+ at AT&T they offer it $27/mo on an installment plan OAC or $810 outright

+ at US Cellular they offer a $20/month on a 30-month installment plan or $800 outright

+ at Sprint they offer a 2-for-1 “Sprint Flex” offer with an installment plan and such. Note that “Sprint Flex” is a lease program, not a purchase program
+ Sprint offers the V30+ which has more on-board memory

The FREE Google DayDream promotion and second year warranty comes from LG and Google and is redeemed through the LG launch promotion page. The other offers are through each particular carrier.

As usual when dealing with carriers, make sure you understand all the terms, restrictions, traps, and conditions of their offers. They have a long way to go towards offering more transparent and consumer-friendly plans and services.

Pre-order 15.6″ Diet Bezel ASUS VivoBook F510UA for $499

This is a new “diet bezel” pre-order laptop that is generating a lot of traction at Amazon, it is currently the #1 among New Releases. It is the 15.6″ ASUS VivoBook F510UA Windows 10 laptop with a pre-order price of $499. No shipping estimate yet. Its full name is F510UA-AH51.

Its claim to fame is the “diet bezel” (not a professional term). Per the product description, this has a 0.3″ NanoEdge bezel and a 80% screen-to-body ratio. It is 0.8″ thick, it is physically 14.2″ wide but with a 15.6″ diagonal full HD display.

Other specs include 8GB DDR4 RAM, Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (8th generation; ranks a very respectable #373 at for a $500 laptop), 1TB HDD (5400rpm), Intel UHD 620 graphics, SD card reader, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1) ports, 802.11ac, 3.7 lbs weight, fingerprint sensor, etc.

No optical drive, no touchscreen. There is no mention of Bluetooth in the product description. This is brand new, there are no reviews yet.

Pre-order new iPX8 waterproof 7-inch Kindle Oasis e-reader with Audible for $250+

If you like to read everywhere you go, or you spend a lot of time in various shooting locations waiting and you want to make the most of the downtime, you may be interested in a brand new waterproof Kindle Oasis e-book reader with Audible (audiobook) support!

The new waterproof Oasis is available for pre-ordering starting at $250 from Amazon directly. This is a 7-inch 300 ppi screen, iPX8 waterproofness (2 meters, 60 minutes), with physical page turn buttons, bluetooth support, etc.

UPDATE: you can see the various options in the search results if you don’t want to play with the “Customize” button.

The default $250 model comes with 8GB of on-board storage (an increase from the previous models), Wifi-only, with Special Offers. Options that cost extra:

  • You can instead get 32GB of on-board storage (if you want to load it up with audiobooks) for +$30
  • you can remove the Special Offers for +$20 [you can remove these later as well for a one-time fee; they are not that bad unless you hate ads]
  • get the Wifi + Cellular for +$50; free cellular data for e-book purposes
  • you can select the various options using the Customize button on the product page

This is so tempting 🙂 Please feel free to send me one as part of our just-launched Secret Santa 🙂

24 Hour Monitor Sale at NewEgg (60+ options; $30 to $999)

If you are looking for a computer monitor, NewEGG is running a 24 hour Monitor sale with 62 options available at the moment. Some of the offers require the use of a promo code (promo codes are shown over there; may require an email address as it is common with some NewEGG offerings).

Some are refurbished. Some are offered by 3rd-party sellers. Check individual listing for all the details. Prices range from $30 to $999.

Toshiba Laptop Backpack/Messenger + Two Sleeves + USB Hub + Card Reader + Laptop Lock for $27 w/free S&H [updated]

To the eBay Deals we go with a three-item bundle doorbuster that is also coupon eligible. This Toshiba Bags and Computer Accessories bundle goes for $27 with free standard shipping.

This coupon expired: Enter coupon code PCOLUMBUS2017 before 10/10/17 11am ET, and the price drops to $23.68 with free shipping.

The bundle consists of three different sets of things. Option #1 is a laptop backpack or messenger bag. Option #2 (everyone gets all four of these) is a set of accessories (sleeve, card reader, USB hub, laptop lock). Option #3 is a choice among laptop sleeves. You will get your choice from each option. The picture over there changes as you adjust your settings. Zoom in on the pictures to see a close-up of what your bundle will include!

So $24 gets you a laptop backpack/messenger, two sleeves (one you select, the other comes with the Accessories bundle that everyone gets), a USB hub, card reader and laptop lock. Here’s a picture of this set with the backpack selected (instead of messenger bag):

PS: if you have eBay Bucks or any other eBay/PayPal coupons or store-credits or gift cards, don’t forget to apply them as well!

Pre-order new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones crash-landed at the very top of the Dxomark Mobile Rankings with a score of 98, topping the camera modules of the latest iPhones and Galaxies [iPhone X not measured yet since it’s not released yet]. Check further down the DxoMark page if you want to see the bar-chart and pros/cons summary.

These new phones are now available for pre-ordering at the official Google Store and also at Project Fi and also at Verizon Wireless with an optional trade-in promotion up to $300.

Prices are $649 (64GB) and $749 (128GB) for the Pixel 2, and $850 (64GB) and $950 (128GB) for the Pixel 2 XL.

All of these early pre-orders qualify for a free “Google Home Mini” (the new donut shaped one, priced $49 brand new).

PS: speaking of smartphones, the previous generation Sony XZ (unlocked, USA warranty, 32GB) is on sale for $350 in two different colors by Amazon herself.

Google Pixel Book invades Amazon

One of the brand new Google products announced yesterday [you can re-live our live-tweeting of the event if you have already finished reading the Yellow Pages] is now available for purchase at one of Google’s current bitter frenemy rivals, Amazon! The two i5 versions of the Google Pixel Book (2017) are available for pre-ordering for $999 (i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) or for $1199 for the 256GB storage version. Amazon’s release date estimate for these is October 31st.

The third model is not available for pre-order yet, not even at the Google Store where it reveals the price of the i7 model (16GB RAM, 512GB storage), it is $1649. That’s $650 more than the base model.

Note that the PixelBook Pen is NOT included with the devices. You have to purchase it separately for $99.

Needless to say, you can get a better value with other ChromeOS devices [eg Samsung Chromebook PRO for $500] or Windows laptops, this is more of a prestige flagship in the world of Chrome OS and ChromeDroid. During the keynote they showed someone using the Adobe Lightroom Android app on this to do their lightrooming.


Another interesting thing that could potentially have Google go head to head with Samsung in 2018 or beyond: the development of the stylus pen for the PixelBook could also make its way into the Pixel smartphone line.

So perhaps the Pixel Ultra “meeting” that was teased by Google employees during the Keynote is actually this: a Pixel phone with a PixelBook Pen, a direct competitor to the Galaxy Note 8 line! Or that “Ultra” could have been a sly shot at the “iPhone X”.

Pre-order new Google Pixel Book starting at $999

If you missed our live-tweeting of the Google Pixel 2017 event, you can relive it with a Twitter thread. Some of the products revealed are already available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo as follows:

+ Google PixelBook for $999 (i5, 8GB, 128GB) or $1200 (256GB)
+ the i7 is not priced yet, so it cannot be pre-ordered

+ Google Home Mini for $49

+ the Google Home MAX is not available for pre-ordering yet

Dell Outlet Coupon: 15% off XPS Desktops, XPS 13 Laptops, Etc

The official Dell Home Outlet store has a new round of promotions running until 10/9/17 at 11:59pm ET. You can see all the offers at the aforelinked page, here’s some of them:

+ 15% off Dell XPS 13 laptops with coupon code: 300XPSL
+ 15% off Dell XPS desktops coupon code: 400XPSD
+ 12% off Dell XPS 15 laptops with coupon code: XPS15956012
+ 13% off Dell Outlet refurbished monitors with coupon code: monitor13
+ 15% off Dell Outlet Inspiron gaming laptops with coupon code: Ingamingl15
+ 10% off Dell Outlet Alienware desktops with coupon code: 2Alienwd10
+ all these work on the Dell Home Outlet store

These coupons can only be used on the Dell Home Outlet store, not other Dell websites/stores.

Dell Refurbished October 2017 coupons (25% to 35% off)

Dell Refurbished’s 50% off $500+ coupons expire Monday night, but there’s more Dell Refurbished action! They have launched their October 2017 coupons that run until 10/31/17 as follows:

+ 25% off any Dell Latitude E7250 or E7450 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL1

+ 30% off any Dell Precision M4700 or M4800 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL2

+ 30% off any Dell Latitude E6330 or E6540 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL3

+ 35% off any Dell OptiPlex 3020 or 9020 Desktop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL4

+ Clearance items are excluded
+ free ground shipping

Free Philips Hue lightbulb with pre-orders of new Amazon Echo Plus device

Photography is light, any opportunity for free light is a good one 🙂 This sentence foreshadows a freebie of the lighting kind!

For a limited time, Amazon is offering a FREE Philips Hue light bulb when you pre-order their brand new Echo PLUS Alexa device. for $150. That’s the price with or without the Philips Hue at the moment. The Echo Plus is available in three color options.

When you add it to the shopping cart, it tells you there are two items in your order, but they show up as one entry, as a bundle of two items.

Also available for pre-order, but without a free Philips Hue are the Echo Spot for $130, and the new Echos for $100 to $120.

UPDATE: but that’s not all. Amazon has also revealed a brand new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote for just $70, undercutting most of the competition. But that’s not all. On the same listing, they have options with an OTA Antenna for $5 more, or with an Echo Dot in a “value meal” for $80 total.

Dell Refurbished: 50% off select Dell PowerEdge Servers

If you are a fan of refurbished off-lease Dell computers, Dell Refurbished is back with a new promotion, coupon code DELLSERVER50 gets you 50% off Dell PowerEdge R630 or R720 Servers with free ground shipping. Prices start under $999 after coupon. Cannot be combined with other offers or clearance items. Coupon expires 10/2/2017 at 11:59 PM CST.

HP zBook 15.6″ Custom Mobile Workstation Sale (5 options)

If you are a fan of HP’s 15.6-inch Custom Mobile Workstations (laptops), five of them are participating in a limited time sale at B&H Photo.

While we are talking computers and B&H, they also have a sale on Lenovo Thinkpad Yogas (two options) and they also have a sale on three ASUS backlit monitors.

For more action, check their latest Featured Sales over there.

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Per the Mobile OS Fairness Doctrine, having mentioned the new iPhones, we now have to mention the flagship Android phone with its dual OIS cameras, which, what a coincidence, is also available for pre-order!


If you prefer factory unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier strings attached, you can get it for $930 in two color options at B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Samsung’s own store offers it both factory unlocked, and also in six carrier configurations (the Big Four, plus US Cellular and Comcast/Xfinity) for $930. They also have an optional $300 Trade-In Promotion of qualifying/eligible trade-in phones.

UPDATE: if you are a fan of eBay shopping, they have a variety of listings. Keep in mind, eBay is an open marketplace with all kinds of product conditions and authorized dealer status and international models and such, so be sure to scrutinize each listing before buying!


Carriers have a variety of offers with their terms and conditions and restrictions and pitfalls, so be sure to read and understand them before jumping aboard a particular carrier…

There are also some promotions that get you free accessories with early pre-orders. Check each carrier’s various options for details.

AT&T offers a 30-month installment plan with 0% APR on approved credit and such, for $31.67 per month. They have an up to $300 trade-in promotion, fineprint buried at the bottom of that page.

T-Mobile offers an old fashioned “Buy One, Get One FREE” promotion, with their own set of prerequisites and requirements for the promotion.

SPRINT has a “Switch to Sprint” promotion that is $20 per month on the 18-month Sprint FLEX Lease program with monthly bill credits on approved credit, with their prerequisites and restrictions. Note that this is a lease promotion, not a purchase promotion.

Verizon Wireless has a Trade-IN promotion that gets you up to 50% off Galaxy Note 8 with select trade-ins and a monthly payment plan and with other requirements. The 50% off is reserved for ten models (S7*, S8*, iPhone 7*, Pixel XL, etc), while the 35% off is with previous previous generation flagships, and 25% off is three times previous generation models.

Pre-order iPhone 8 and Apple TV 4K and Watch 3

The first wave of the new products Apple revealed at their 9/12/17 presentation at the new UFO building are now available for pre-ordering. The iPhone X is not part of this round, pre-orders will open later in the year.


We start with the 4K Apple TV which is a simple “add to cart” purchase without complications. There is a 32GB model for $179 and a 64GB for $199 with pre-orders available at B&H Photo and Adorama and MacMall


+ Apple Watch Series 3 for $359 (four options)
+ Apple Watch Series 3 with CELLULAR for $429 (seven options) unlocked at B&H Photo OR for $400 at Verizon Wireless (requirements)
+ more expensive options also available – check all 34 options


Be sure to read all the terms and conditions for the carrier promotions, as each carrier has their own terminology and fineprint!

At Sprint, their Best Trade-IN offer is 50% off the price of an iPhone 8 or 8 PLUS with a string of prerequisites including Sprint FLEX, and eligible trade-in, with new line or qualifying upgrade, etc, etc. Check all the details there.

At AT&T Wireless they offer a 30-month 0% APR installment plan on approved credit with their own set of prerequisites.

At T-Mobile, everyone gets a giant splash of magenta for FREE 😉 They too have a trade in promotion with up to $300 in 24 bill credits with eligible trade-in and their own prerequisites. They actually created a readable FAQ on the Trade-In offer, which all carriers should be required to provide instead of hiding all the terms in tiny online fineprint and anachronistic terminology 🙂 [T-Mobile does this too, not just the other three, but in this case, the FAQ is a nice touch]

Verizon Wireless has a trade-in promotion for the iPhone 8 and also the iPhone 8 PLUS that gets you $100 or $200 or $300 depending on which phone you are trading in. Only specific models are eligible for the trade-in bonus:


These were not announced this week, but since we have an Apple-centric post, this is a good place to post them…

+ Apple MacBook, iMac, Mini, iPad sales at B&H Photo

+ Sales and Price-Checks on the latest models at MacMall

+ MacMall Super Sale

+ Adorama Apple Sale as well with 21 participating products

(ENDED) Dell Refurb coupon: 40% off select Dell Precision Workstations

This coupon expired…

Dell Refurbished specializes in re-selling off-lease Dell computers through this dedicated website. And they have another coupon promotion! Coupon Code: PRECISION40 gets you 40% off any Dell Precision T3600 or T3610 models with free ground shipping. The coupon expires 9/13/2017 at 11:59pm central.

Dell Refurbished coupons: 45% off $399+ or 35% off under $399

Dell Refurbished is back with a labor day promotion with two coupons running until Tuesday 9/5/17 at 11:59pm central time. Free US ground shipping. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Coupon does not work on Clearance items.

+ 45% any Dell item priced $399 & up with Coupon Code LABORDAY

+ 35% off Dell item priced $398 & below with Coupon Code LABORDAY

Other Dell Refurbished Promotions

+ Dell Latitude E6430 Laptops starting at $199 with free US ground shipping while supplies last. All priced below $250. Coupons not valid on offer
+ expires 9/21/2017, 11:59 PM CST

+ 30% off any Dell Latitude E5440 or E7240 Laptop with Coupon Code: SEPTDEAL1
+ 25% off any Dell OptiPlex 3010 or 9010 Desktop with Coupon Code: SEPTDEAL2
+ 30% off any Dell PowerEdge R620 or R720 Server with Coupon Code: SEPTDEAL3
+ clearance items excluded
+ free US ground shipping
+ trio of coupons expire 9/30/17

(ENDED) Saturday: Anker power sale (USB AC Wall Chargers, Lightning Cables, 10K Ultra Slim Power Bank

Saturday is over and so are these Anker offers, however, Anker is a recurring “guest” at the Amazon Gold, so if you missed this round, fear not ~ they will likely return at some point (unknown to me) in the future…

Continue reading “(ENDED) Saturday: Anker power sale (USB AC Wall Chargers, Lightning Cables, 10K Ultra Slim Power Bank”

Dell Refurb: 50% off select Latitude and Optiplex models

More Dell promotions are happening. This trio of coupons is running until Friday 8/25/17 at 11:59pm Central time. It is at Dell Refurbished, with free ground US shipping. Coupon only works at the Dell Refurbished website for the eligible products and cannot be combined with other promotions.

+ 50% off any Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop with Coupon Code BTS50E5430

+ 50% off any Dell OptiPlex 3010 Desktop with Coupon Code BTS50DT3010

+ 50% off any Dell 17-20 inch Monitor with Coupon Code BTS50MONITOR

Dell Refurbished coupons: 50% off PowerEdge R620 Server, 40% R720, 20% Network Switches

We have a new week-long promotion running at Dell Refurbished (Dell’s specialty website that focuses on reselling off-lease gear, most of which get 100-day warranties) running until Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST. You get free ground US shipping. Cannot be combined with other coupons. They coupons are:

+ 50% off any Dell PowerEdge R620 Server starting at $699 after coupon, while supplies last with Coupon Code: DELL50R620

+ 40% off any Dell PowerEdge R720 Server starting at $1,050 after coupon, while supplies last with Coupon Code: DELL40R720

+ 20% off any Dell Networking Switch starting at $79 after coupon, while supplies last, with Coupon Code: NETWORK20
+ the refurbished Network Switches are a recently-added arrival at Dell Refurbished
+ (I am trying to avoid using the word “new arrival” because it’s a refurbished items, and speed-readers may confuse that with new condition)

PS: the main Dell Home website is currently running a 10% off site-wide sale over there.

Amazon Echo drops to $100

The new condition Amazon Echo is now down to $100 with free shipping in either black or white at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal. You can buy as many as you want.

Of deals interest, Alexa-enabled devices open the door for the Alexa Voice Ordering deals. In addition to the products shown there, they occasionally have general discount offers (eg $XX off a purchase made with Alexa) or gift card promotions and such. Amazon is making a big push for Alexa, and Amazon’s tried and true method of getting more and more people to use something is to keep offering discounts and special promotions.

Dell Refurbished Coupons: $500 off $1000+ or $350 off $700+ or $200 off $400+

Dell Refurbished, Dell’s specialty website that resells off-lease computers with a 100-day warranty (unless otherwise indicated) has a new round of coupons that are good until 8/21/17 at 11:59pm Central. Free ground shipping. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers.

+ $500 off Dell Laptops and Desktops priced $1,000 & up with Coupon Code: BTS$500DELL

+ $350 off Dell Laptops and Desktops priced $700 – $999 with Coupon Code: BTS$350DELL

+ $200 off Dell Laptops and Desktops priced $400 – $699 with Coupon Code: BTS$200DELL

+ $125 off Dell Laptops or Desktops priced $300 – $399 with Coupon Code: BTS$125DELL

Monoprice 10 x 6.25-inch Graphic Drawing Tablet for $30 w/free S&H

The Monoprice 10 x 6.25-inch Graphic Drawing Tablet (4000 LPI, 200 RPS, 2048 Levels) is on sale for $35 with free standard US shipping. It is also eligible for coupon code AWESOME5, which drops the price to $30 with free standard US shipping. Free shipping is rare at Monoprice.

If your order total is going to be $200+, then use coupon code AUGUST20 for $20 off. These 2-Day Coupons expire Saturday night.

Speaking of Monoprice, their refurbished MP Select Mini 3D Printer is going for $170 with free shipping. Use coupon code AWESOME5 (5 the number, not S the letter) to drop it to $165. It is not eligible for the AUGUST20 20% off $200+ coupon.

VPNSecure for $40 after coupon (lifetime service)

For a limited time, coupon code VPNSECURE20 gets you 20% off a lifetime subscription to VPN Secure, a VPN service, for $40 (price before coupon $50). You pay only once. Updates are included. Check under the “Specs” to see device compatibility.

Speaking of Stacksocial, the following offers continue:

+ 2TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage (lifetime service) for $50

+ Premium PC Power Bundle for $29 includes Corel Paintshop Pro X9

+ Wpbasin WordPress Power Pack Bundle for $39 includes 42 WordPress Themes, 23 WP Plug-Ins, 25 HTML templates, and a 1-Year of Web Hosting (SSDPage)

+ Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification for $20 with lifetime access

Three MacBook PRO deals ($1249 to $2099)

This offer is NOW LIVE! B&H Photo has three MacBook PRO laptops on sale with free shipping. It started on Wednesday at 12:01am ET.

+ Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) for $2099

+ the ones below get a FREE 1-Year Office 365 subscription
+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro (Silver, Late 2016) for $1249
+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro (Space Gray, Late 2016) for $1249

Two Echo Show devices for $360 with coupon

The addition of a touchscreen to the Amazon Echo Show means you can view pictures on it (eg Prime Photos) as well as do many other things ~ including take advantage of some Alexa-exclusive deals and discounts.

For a limited time, coupon code SHOW2PACK drops $100 off the total price if you purchase TWO Echo Show devices at Amazon by Amazon itself. They go for $230 each, minus $100 with the coupon, you pay $360 instead of $460. In other words, they average to $180 each after coupon. You have to buy two of them though.

Dell Refurbished: OptiPlex 7010 Desktops for $169 to $250

Dell Refurbished (a specialty Dell website that resells off-lease computers) has another promotion. This is a sale, not a coupon promotion. Coupons cannot be used on this. Free ground shipping. The Dell OptiPlex 7010 desktops are on sale, ranging from $169 to $250. This is a while supplies last promotion. Coupons not valid on offer. Expires at 8/31/2017.

Now shipping: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 and CC

You can pixel-peep with a keyboard and a mouse and a stylus and a graphics tablet, but you can also pixel-peep with physical dials, wheels and keys! The Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud is now in-stock and ready to ship for $299 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.

For more new arrivals, check the In-Stock Alerts category.