$30 Costco Shop Card w/$60 Gold Star membership

For a limited time, Stacksocial is having a Costco Gold Star membership promotion. You pay $60 and with that you receive a $30 digital Costco Shop Card that can be used online or at the 800+ Costco warehouses.

Free samples at the Costco warehouses? PRICELESS!

Terms, conditions, restrictions, limitations apply…

Now shipping: MacBooks with the M2 PRO

If you want to get your hands on a new M2 PRO MacBook, as of the time of writing both 14″ and 16″ options are in-stock and ready to ship at the B&H website. The M2 MAX are marked as “coming soon”…

As usual with high-demand newly-released items, YMMV…

UPDATE: also “now shipping” are the annual Trader Joe Customer Choice Awards 🙂 I won’t spoil the overall winner but it has hints of chili and lime 🙂 And no, it’s not a lime-chili danish kringle 🙂

11″ iPad PRO M2 Chip (128GB, Late 2022) for $739

We already mentioned the Apple M1 offers, but some of you may say, M1 is so last year, I want an M2 deal. Well, B&H has that too, good for the Black Friday festivities, you can get the new condition Apple 11″ iPad Pro M2 Chip (Late 2022, 128GB, Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray) for $739, down from its Apple price of $799. The 256GB version goes for $849. The silver color schemes for some reason [insert invisible hand of the market explanation here] are more expensive.

And per the “OS Fairness Doctrine”, since we mentioned an Apple product, we must also mention a non-Apple product, also part of the BF 2022 festivities, B&H offers the new condition ASUS 13.3″ ZenBook Flip S13 OLED Multi-Touch 2-in-1 for $900. Specs include 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 4-Core (11th Gen), 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 13.3″ 3840 x 2160 OLED HDR Touch-Screen, Iris Xe, Stylus and Sleeve included, Thunderbolt 4, NumberPad 2.0, promise of up to 16hr battery life, Windows 11 PRO, MIL-STD-810G, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5, etc… (reading the specs I want to buy it LOL!)

For never-ending action check the B&H Photo website

NOTE that B&H closes on Friday PM for the Sabbath, so be sure to place your orders earlier on Friday if you want to lock them in. Or wait until they re-open on Saturday PM.

PS: unrelated, but for post-economy reasons, DiscountMAGS is having a Black Friday Blowout sale with various print magazine offers for US addresses without auto-renewal…

Gift Ideas: $400 iPad Mini (2021) & $40 512GB Sandisk microSD

The iPad Mini (4th generation) achieved legendary status in terms of technology-product staying power, four years as “the current model” in a world where flagship phones “fell” every year, or even every six months. But time won’t stand still, and it is now 2022, and the iPad Mini 4 just won’t cut it.

Fast forward to now, the “current model” is the sixth generation (2021, 8.3-inch) iPad Mini and it is currently on sale for $400 with up to three per customer at Amazon by Amazon herself.

And a couple of other things, if you are tired of complaining that your laptop’s screen is too small but you don’t want to change the laptop, AND if you are a PRIME MEMBER, for a limited time, they are offering this 15.6″ ARZOPA Portable Monitor for $119. It averages 4.4 out of 5 on nearly 3000 customer ratings.

You can load up the microSDs without fear, Sandisk is here, and $40 is all it takes to get you a 512GB Ultra microSDXC. Up to four per customer. There are two options on the listing with the same price, shown as previous/new generation, I don’t have the energy/time/mental-capacity to figure out what the difference is, that’s your homework 🙂

Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) for $90 [limit 3]

If you are fond of the Apple Pencil, more specifically the second generation, well, you are in luck, it is currently a trending deal at Amazon by Amazon going for $90, with up to three per customer at the sale price.

For more action, check the ever-changing Amazon USA Gold Box

13″ MacBook AIR (M1, 8/256, 2020) for $799

The action heats up at the Amazon Gold Box where Amazon herself is offering the new condition Late 2020 13″ MacBook AIR (M1, 8GB, 256GB) for $799 in three color options. Up to three per color per customer. The bundle with AppleCare goes +$200.

Busy tech action at the Wednesday Woot daily deals where the headliner are iPads and Macbooks ($130 to $1150), there’s Samsung TVs ($400 to $3970), 3D printers, woodworking, and good old $60 to $80 touchsceen Chromebooks.

On the other hand, if you want a budget Chromebook that is new condition and has a relatively modern processor (more years of official ChromeOS updates), for $105, buzzing among the Trending Deals at Amazon, is this new condition Acer Chromebook 512 with Celeron N4020, 12″ HD+, Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4GB LPDDR4 memory, 32GB eMMC, Intel 9560 802.11ac Gigabit WiFi 5, MIL-STD 810G. Official name is CB512-C1KJ.

UPDATE: coupon code BF15 gets you 15% off most things at the Monoprice website

Gift Ideas: Apple Airpods (2nd gen) for $79, Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse for $20, Etc

We have a Gift Idea alert! The Apple AirPods, second generation, in new condition, they are currently going for $79 with free US shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Up to three per customer during this sale.

Other trending products at Amazon that may make good gift ideas for self or others:

+ Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard/mouse kit for $20

+ 10.2″ iPad (Wifi, 64GB) for $270

+ for more gift ideas, check the Amazon Trending products

Apple Sales Begin at B&H Photo

If you are a fan of all things Apple, you are in luck, because B&H Photo has began their Apple Holiday Deals featuring M-series MacBooks, iPads, AirPods, accessories, Apple TVs, and more! Too many to list here individually…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite for $230

If you want a tablet with an S-Pen, for a limited time, the new condition US-version Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Snapdragon 720G) is on sale for $230 at Amazon itself and also at Best Buy where it’s the headliner deal of the day…

Alexa Birthday = Amazon Hardware sales

To sale-a-brate Alexa’s birthday, Amazon is not throwing a proper party, but instead, they are running a sale on select Amazon hardware until 11/7/22. Offers may change/rotate daily or not – I’m not sure.

From this I learned that Amazon has a Fire HD 10 Productivity bundle for $145 that includes the tablet, a custom bluetooth keyboard that attaches to the device, and a 12-month Microsoft 365 Personal subscription (up to five devices). With Lockscreen Ads [because… Amazon]. So if you were already planning to get a M365 subscription…

A similar offer is available for +$30 on the Fire HD 10 Plus.

Pre-Order new 10.2-inch Kindle Scribe e-reader with Pen starting at $340

Speaking of e-readers, the time has come dear friends. Well, the shipping estimate is late November 2022, but if you wished for a larger screen Kindle, and you are willing to part with at least $340, Amazon is accepting pre-orders for the new 10.2-inch Kindle Scribe devices. That’s right, a larger screen e-reader, for the first time since the good old Kindle DX!

There are two pen options, the Basic Pen and the Premium Pen, the $340 option includes the Basic Pen. Storage options range from 16GB to 64GB, and supports 5GHz Wifi as well. It is a 300ppi Paperwhite display. Charging via USB-C. You also get 4 months of Kindle Unlimited, so for the first four months you’ll have A LOT of e-books to read and stress test the new Scribe 🙂

PS: if you happen to buy it and not want it, please free free to send it to me 🙂

Monoprice sales: Monitor, Riser, 3pk HDMI for $7, Etc

The Monoprice Monitor deal of the week this week is the new condition Monoprice 32in Zero-G Curved Gaming Monitor (1500R, 16:9, 2560x1440p, WQHD, 165Hz, HDMI, DisplayPort, VA) going for $280 with free standard US shipping. Up to twenty per customer at the sale price.

What goes well with a monitor? A Monoprice Workstream Universal Riser Stand for $20 with free US shipping. Of course no one stops you from repurposing this riser stand for photography/studio usage!

On a related deal, they offer this 3-pack of 10ft Monoprice 4K HDMI cables for $7. These have over 12960 customer reviews with a 4.9 out of 5 rating. Mind you, there are plenty of sizes and color options on the same listing.

A monitor on its own feels lonely. It needs a computer. And a computer needs mice and keyboards! And what a coincidence, they have a Keyboard and Mouse sale with nine products participating. Keyboards start at $5 while mice start at $3.49. The top price is $40. A budget sale overall!

Friday: 49″ Samsung S95UA Super UltraWide Dual QHD Monitor for $900

You could fill up your home/office/studio with dual monitors with this offer, one of the Amazon gold box deals du jour for Friday 9/16/22 is the new condition SAMSUNG 49″ S95UA Super Ultrawide Dual QHD Monitor offered for $900 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon itself, with up to three per customer at the sale price.

Specs include 4ms, QLED, HDR400, USB-C, USB Hub, 120Hz, Height Adjustable Stand, model LS49A950UINXZA of 2022, Charcoal Black color scheme.

As of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 49 customer ratings.

Thursday: refurb 10″ Surface GO w/Surface Type cover & STM Case for $160+

The “Computers” deal of the day among the Woot dailies for Thursday 9/15/22 is refurbished 10-inch Microsoft Surface GO tablets bundled with the Surface Type Cover and an STM Dux rugged case, ranging from $160 (4GB RAM, 64GB storage) to $260 (8GB RAM, 128GB storage). They come with a 90-day Woot warranty. Up to ten per customer.

The price is definitely right (since you get the official Type cover as well) if you want to explore SurfaceLandia without breaking the bank or risking a bigger amount.

Tuesday: refurb 10.5″ iPad PRO (64GB, 2017, 90-day) for $200

Since Google/Android and Microsoft/Windoze have more or less abandoned tablets, you can be forgiven for living in a Windows/Android/Linux/ChromeOS world and having an iPad tablet 😉

Good for Tuesday 8/30/22 Woot is offering the refurbished 10.5″ iPad PRO (2017, 64GB) for $200 with a 90-day Woot warranty. Three color options available. Up to ten per customer, so everyone in the household gets one, so you can share accessories and charging stations 😉

The rest of the Tuesday Woot daily deals have random Dell tower pcs on sale (that’s what it says) and Saucany running shoes ($52 to $109) and under “Clearance” a charging devices sale with seven options, $7 to $30 for the 7-in-1 critter…

Monday: Samsung S22, Pixel line-up (3 to 6 PRO), Chromies, Etc

Monday 8/29/22 is a big technology day at the Amazon USA Gold Box and it includes among others:

+ unlocked Samsung phones including the trio of S22 models ($650+ for S22, $750+ for S22+, $1030+ for S22 Ultra (the “new Note”)), S21 FE ($520) and S20 FE ($450)

+ the Pixel line-up from Pixel 6 PRO down to Pixel 3

+ three Chromebooks, from $120 to $300

+ Moto phones including Edge, One and G thang

+ various Samsung tablets, from $170 to $500

+ OnePlus 10 series

+ and more…

Thursday: PC Gaming Computers & Accessories

It’s a gaming technology take-over day at the Thursday 8/25/22 Amazon USA Gold Box!

BUT first, we have an on-topic item as well! The nameless 10″ Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder is on sale for $24. As of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 678 global ratings.

We start with a name-brand Gaming Accessories sale that features 18 items, about half of which are computer monitors. LG, MSI, Alienware, UltraGear, AOC (yes, the politician) are participating 😉

If you want to venture into gaming computers, they have a Entry-Level Gaming Laptops and Desktops sale from $600 to $850 featuring Acer, ASUS, HP, Victus and others.

If want to take your gaming computer to the next level, they have a PC Enthusiasts sale with Razer, ASUS, Alienware, etc.

For the boldy-going early adopters, they offer the Vabogu 12×42 Binoculars for $70.

Speaking of technology, for a limited time (I do not know when it ends) Monoprice is having a sale on its own 4K and 8K HDMI cables

1-Year Microsoft 365 Family (6 people, Auto-Renewal) + $50 Amazon Gift Card for $93

For a limited time, Amazon is having another Microsoft x Amazon co-promotion! For $93, you get a 1-year prepaid Microsoft 365 Family subscription for up to six people (with AUTO-RENEWAL enabled) AND a $50 physical Amazon Gift Card. Each person gets 1TB of OneDrive. The $50 Amazon gift card is only for this initial subscription. Renewals (unless cancelled by you) will happen at the then future-current rate without the $50 gift card.

Pre-order 55″ Samsung Odyssey Ark, Get $200 Gift Card!

If you’ve fallen for Samsung’s new 55-inch Odyssey Ark display, B&H Photo is giving you 200 more reasons to place a pre-order! For a limited time, if you pre-order the Odyssey Ark for its starting price of $3500, you will also receive a $200 B&H Photo e-gift-card!

The promotion runs as long as you see it mentioned at the aforelinked product page. If you no longer see it mentioned, it means it expired for new buyers.

15% off site-wide with Monoprice coupon

We have another limited time coupon for the Monoprice website. Coupon code 15OFFNOW gets you 15% off site-wide. Some exclusions and restrictions apply as usual. I do not know when the coupon expires…

10% off HDMI cables with coupon (price start at $1+)

HDMI cables are used by more and more devices these days, so if you want to stock up and never run out (ha! no matter how many you have, you can never find one when you really need it), for a limited time, Monoprice is offering an extra 10% off on various HDMI cables using coupon code HDMI. They come with a lifetime warranty.

Price before the coupon start at $1.19. Sizes range from half a foot up to 330 feet.

Sat: Kodak SCANZA Digital Film & Slide Scanner for $120

Batteries are included in the Saturday 7/30/22 Meh daily deal running until 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out: it is 110 single-use Eveready Silver single-use alkaline AA batteries offered for $25 plus shipping…

The Saturday Woot headliner deal du jour is a refurbished Kindle and Fire tablet sale with 11 in-stock options and one sold-out option as of the time of writing. The Kindle e-readers range from $28 to $120 and go up to the 2018 Paperwhite and Oasis models. Nom-nom. The Fire tablets range from $15 to $50. Yes, $15 gets you the 2017 Fire 7 tablet. Crazy, I know. They come with a 90-day warranty.

They to the Amazon Gold Bawx we geaux where the headliner is the new condition Kodak SCANZA Digital Film & Slide Scanner offered for $120, sold by 3rd-party seller “DB Roth” and fulfilled by Amazon herself (Prime shipping)…

Wedn: Best of PC sale (51 options)

A classic PC sale is the headliner Woot daily deal for Wednesday 7/20/22, with a total of 51 products participating.

It’s a bit of everything, laptops, monitors, graphics cards, networking gear, Kindle e-readers, ASUS ROG gaming desktops (or floortops), internal SSDs, Corsair cases and mechanical keyboards, UPS options and such!

Adorama Strikes Back: Airpods PRO, XBox Series S, 4TB Sandisk USB-C SSD V2, Flashpoint Monolight kit

Adorama has brought out the big-name guns for their latest daily deals that run until Wednesday at 10am ET or earlier if sold out.

+ Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case for $180

+ Microsoft Xbox Series S Console for $250

+ SanDisk Extreme Portable 4TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C External SSD V2 for $386

+ Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro Compact TTL R2 Monolight with Glow ParaPop OTA 38″ and Adapter set for $609

Needless to say, you don’t have to be a Prime member to buy these 🙂

Pre-order the new M2 MacBook PROs starting at $1299

Wallets at the e-ready! B&H Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the recently revealed M2 MacBook PROs starting at $1299 for the 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD model.

Memory options include 16GB and 24GB with a +$200 jump at each step. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB with a +$200 jump at each step, and a 2TB option with a +$800 on the base price.

Optionally B&H has a “buy together and save” option with a “up to $24 off” combined purchase discount on the Logitech MX Master 3 or MX Anywhere 3 mice. Which is reasonable, you don’t pay for M2 and then use a $10 Amazon mouse 🙂

Preorder the new 12.4″ Surface Laptop GO 2 for $700-$800

Per The Fairness Doctrine (TM), since we previously mentioned the M-series MacBooks we must also mention a Microsoft Surface product 😉

And what a coincidence, the “Surface Laptop GO 2”, a multi-touch 12.4-inch actual laptop is now available for pre-ordering for $700 (128GB on-board) or $800 (256GB) at B&H Photo and Amazon and such…

This has 8GB RAM, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 4-Core (11th Gen), 12.4″ 1536 x 1024 PixelSense touchscreen with Intel Irix Xe graphics, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, one of each USB A and C ports, fingerprint reader, Windows 11, etc.

The laptop supports the Surface Pen but it is NOT included. It promises up to 13.5 hours battery life.

PS: 128GB is just too “Apple” (aka too little) for the price 🙂

IN-STOCK ALERT: MacBook PROs with M1 PRO/MAX

We have an in-stock alert! No, not the just-announced M2 MacBook AIRs, those will take some time, but the previously announced 14.2″ and 16.2″ Macbook PROs with the “M1 PRO” and “M1 MAX” chips are now in-stock and ready to ship at various configurations at B&H Photo.

A total of 19 options exist (too many to list here individually) with prices ranging from $2200 (M1 PRO 8-core, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 14.2″) to $4900.

The new just-announced M2 MacBook AIRs and PROs are now listed at B&H Photo but pre-orders are not accepted. Prices start at $1200 (8-core M2, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.6″), while the PRO goes for +$100. Meanwhile the first-generation M1 now start at $1000. Educational discounts are -$100.

Monoprice USB-C hub (w/4 USB-A 3.0) for $11 w/FS

With more and more laptops and such including USB-C ports, USB-C hubs are must-have items. Which brings us to the mobile deal of the week at the Monoprice website, their Monoprice Select Series USB hub with a USB-C “input” and four USB-A 3.0 “outputs”. No other connectors. It goes for $11 with FREE standard US shipping. Up to 20 per customer at the sale price. As of the time of writing it averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews and it has 12 answered questions. Offer ends 5/29/22 or earlier if sold out.

It is also eligible for coupon code LAT15 (15% off laptop accessories until 5/31/22). Not sure if this is stackable with the sale price.

Speaking of Monoprice, they have also launched the obligatory Memorial Day sale featuring their usual assortment of tech products and accessories (with all kinds of cables as usual)…

Steelseries, refurb Kindle e-readers

The current iteration of the Adorama daily deals running until Saturday at 10am ET is a Steelseries party with two headsets and two gamer bundles featured. Prices range from $50 to $140.

Meanwhile among the Friday Woot daily deals there’s another refurbished Kindle e-reader sale featuring various Oasis and Paperwhite models. Already, as of the time of writing, the 2019 basic Kindle model is sold out. Of the in-stock items, prices range from $35 to $120…

NOTE that the refurbished at Woot come with a 90-day Woot warranty, unlike the certified refurbished sold at the Amazon website that come with the same warranty as the brand new models…

25% off select open-box computer monitors

For a limited time (expiration date is not mentioned), coupon code MONITOR25 gets you 25% off select open-box monitors at the Monoprice website. Prices range from $190 to $900 before the coupon is applied…