Get a powerline Ethernet kit for $49.99

(Credit: Newegg) This is an update of a deal I wrote about earlier this year. Having trouble getting a Wi-Fi signal to go where you need it to go? It’s a fairly common problem: I’ve been in houses where the signal won’t reach beyond one room, let alone between floors. So what are your options? […]

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Buy one Skinit skin, get one free

Act fast! Today only, skins are BOGO at Skinit. (Credit: Skinit) Morning, deal fans! A quick housekeeping note: I hope you’ll join me again today for CNET’s Holiday Help Desk, which airs live at noon PT. (Occasionally the show kicks off a few minutes late, so if it doesn’t start exactly at the top of […]

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Get a $500 Mac software bundle for $50

The Winter Phenom Bundle includes 11 Mac programs for just $50. (Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida) While we’re on the subject of software bundles (see yesterday’s post), I thought I’d mention one that’s just for Mac users. (Seems only fair, as yesterday’s game collection was just for Windows.) From now through December 12, Cult of […]

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Get a 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi for $419 shipped

(Credit: Apple) Faced with previously unmatched pressure from competitors, Apple will almost certainly cut iPad prices–but I don’t think we’ll see any “official” moves until January (at the earliest). In the meantime, it looks like the company is testing the price-cut waters with refurbished iPads. Specifically, the online Apple Store has the 16GB iPad 2 […]

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Get a 46-inch LCD HDTV for $399.98

The Element ELDFW464. (Credit: Walmart) Happiness is a big TV. Oh, I mean, happiness is friends, family, food on the table, a roof over your head, good books, good music, and, of course, pizza. Also, a big TV. Especially one that doesn’t destroy your budget. Great example: Wal-Mart has the Element ELDFW464 46-inch LCD HDTV […]

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Hands-on with the $19-per-month Republic Wireless Android phone

If you can live with some modest restrictions, you can get a contract-free Android smartphone for just $19 monthly. (Credit: Republic Wireless) Last month, Republic Wireless made waves when it announced an Android phone with “unlimited” service for just $19 per month, no contract required. I’ve spent the past couple weeks test-driving that phone and […]

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Pay any price for seven indie PC games

In the mood for some cheap gaming? How about a little philanthropy? You can get both with the set-your-own-price Indie Gala game bundle, which includes five PC games, two bonus games, and your choice of how to divvy up the proceeds. It works like this. After you take a peek at the games, you decide […]

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Get an Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD iDevice projector for $645

The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD pumps out 2,800 lumens from your favorite iDevice–or more traditional video sources. (Credit: Epson) One of my favorite products of the year is Epson’s MegaPlex MG-850HD projector. Plunk your iPhone, iPod, or iPad into its pop-out iDevice dock and presto: you’ve got a complete home theater anywhere there’s a chunk of […]

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Get an Epson all-in-one printer for $19 shipped

The Epson WorkForce 320. (Credit: Epson) Update: Sorry to say that this deal is invalid. Apparently Epson never meant for this promo code to be released to the general public. My apologies for the confusion. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if you wait for the Cheapskate newsletter to arrive in your […]

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Get a refurbished MacBook Air for $699 shipped

Finally, a decent price on a MacBook Air! (Credit: Apple) So about yesterday… The Epson all-in-one printer deal turned out to be a train wreck. Apparently Epson’s systems were down all day, meaning no one could place an order. What caused the problem? According to an e-mail CNET received from Epson, the promo code was […]

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In defense of Netflix

(Credit: Netflix) It’s time to stop dumping on Netflix. Granted, the service has made some boneheaded moves in the past few months. First came the sudden and steep price hike for DVD-and-streaming customers. My so-low-it-stayed-off-the-wife’s-radar monthly bill jumped from $9.99 to $15.98, an increase of 60 percent. Then CEO Reed Hastings apologized for the price […]

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Get a triple-core Blu-ray laptop for $399.99 shipped

The HP Pavilion DV6-3259WM. (Credit: Walmart) I tend to post a lot of cheapie laptops, largely because I like things that are cheapie, but also because I think most users can get by with a dual-core processor, minimal RAM, and so on. Of course, sometimes you want a bit more power, like for games and […]

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