Archive: November, 2012
Shopping on line today? Join the crowd. And take these tips.
According to Shop.org, a branch of the National Retail Federation, about 122 million Americans are making internet site purchases this Cyber Monday. That’s not much less than the 147 million estimated shoppers who visited conventional (“bricks and mortar”) stores over the Thanksgiving weekend.
For sure, there are some good deals out there - from SanDisk 32 GB memory cards for digital cameras and game systems as cheap as $17 to a “recommended buy” (by Consumer Reports) Samsung PN51E7000 51-inch 3D plasma TV for $997. The latter deal is still to be found today (through midnight) at numerous sites – from Amazon to the fighting for survival Sears - which consistently offered excellent prices for TVs last holiday shopping season.
Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but makers and sellers of high tech gadgets are already jockeying for your holiday shopping loyalty.
Gamesmanship 101: Tonight (Monday) at midnight, Best Buy will open up the Magnolia home theater departments in select stores to demonstrate how terrific the new Activision game “Call of Duty: Black Opps II” looks in 3D – as running on LG Cinema 3D TVs. And more than 4,000 GameStop stores will be hosting midnight launch events tonight for the same game, sure to be one of the biggest sellers of the season. While there, also check out the interactive kiosks demonstrating Nintendo’s breakthrough Wii U game system. Using a unique color screened GamePad controller, the Wii U doesn’t officially go on sale until this coming Sunday, though playable demo units are already installed at select Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R” Us stores, in addition to those Best Buy and GameStop outlets
Black and Blue Friday Specials: Several retailers have already let “slip” their Black Friday gadget specials. Both Walmart and sister operation Sam’s Club will offer high definition LG Blu-ray players priced at a mere $38 – the same kind of wacky deal that jump started interest in DVDs back in its' day. This 2D-only BR model sells elsewhere for $68 to $79. And of course, both discount chains also will have Blu-ray disc deals to go-with that player - including the new to home video family treats “Brave,” ”Madagascar 3” and “The Lorax” at $9.98 each. And if you’re looking for a high def TV upgrade, be sure to say “Sam sent me” for a $799 47-inch LG 3D TV with a bundled outboard sound bar or to snap up a 65-inch Vizio priced at two bucks under a grand (aka $998).
So maybe this wasn’t the best week for set top TV device makers Roku and Boxee to introduce new features and hardware. But as life returns to what we used to know as normal and viewers start looking for relief from all the shocking storm ravage stories, these improved “over the top” TV sources will sure come in handy.
Recent generation Roku boxes (starting at $49.99) became way more valuable this week thanks to a new search engine feature. Just enter the name of a movie or TV show, favorite actor or director and Roku looks for the applicable goods across multiple platforms – Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, HBO Go and Vudu HD movies.