Apple iPhone 6: $498 off contract, (iPhone 6 Plus: $598) refurb at Walmart (23% off)

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Walmart offers both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus refurbished for $498 and $598 shipped. That’s $151 off the new price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for refurbished iPhone 6/Pluses. These come in White, Gray or Gold are given a 90-day Walmart warranty.

Note: Verizon iPhones are essentially unlocked but Sprint and AT&T versions will be locked to carriers. This is a great way to buy a second/replacement/extra iPhone 6 and save hundreds off of what Apple charges.

Too much? You can grab a refurb iPhone 5c in a variety of colors for $210 shipped on Ebay. Read more

Small States: Schoolhouse Electric makes beautiful home goods w/ old school techniques, giveaway worth $100

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Small States offers us an opportunity to showcase unique companies that we’ve discovered here in the United States. Telling the story of those who’ve made the conscious decision to create something here rather than there. Today, we bring to you Schoolhouse Electric of Portland, Oregon. A company that has been around for over a decade creating beautiful home goods that remind us of every style over the last 120 years.

From hand-blown lights to meticulously designed clocks, well designed home goods abound from this gem in the Northwest. What was born out of a desire for quality products has become a true American story that Small States is all about.

This is Schoolhouse Electric.
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Daily Deals: FitDesk Desk Exercise Bike $199, A/V Receivers from $165, iPad Mini 32GB unlocked (refurb) $220, more

Every morning we search for the best Daily Deals using our Daily Deal finder tool and have them here for you bright and early at 9am ET/6am PT.

FitDesk v2.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar $199 (orig. $349.99) | Amazon FitDesk v2.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar
Home Theater A/V Receivers $159.99$249.99 + $5 shipping | Electronics.Woot Home Theater A:V Receivers
Apple iPad Mini w/ Wi-Fi + 4G (Unlocked GSM) – 32GB (Refurbished) $219.95 (orig. $499) | A4C  Apple MD529LL:A 32GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi
2-Pack of Motorola Dual-Charging 4000mAh Ultra-Slim Power Pack $20 (orig. $80) | Daily Steals 2-Pack Motorola P4000 Dual-Charging 4000mAh Ultra-Slim Power Pack
Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Graphite $199.99 (orig. $299.99) | Best Buy  Jawbone - BIG JAMBOX Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Graphite
JLab GO Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones with Armband $24.99 (orig. $74.99) | Groupon JLab GO Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones with Armband
WD Elements 2TB Portable Drive $79.99AR (orig. $139.99) | TigerDirect Western Digital-Elements-2TB-sale-discount
AKG K490 NC High-Performance Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black) $195 (orig. $249.95) | Worldwide Stereo AKG K490 NC High-Performance Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black)

All these items are on sale until midnight only. So we will continue to curate the best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

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Avid will offer a free version of its digital audio workstation software known as Pro Tools First

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Avid, makers of one of, if not, the industry leading recording apps, have announced a brand new free version of Pro Tools. Known as Pro Tools First and aimed at newcomers, the slimmed down digital audio workstation will be made available for free in the coming months.

While the company has been moving its Pro Tools platform into a more subscription based service, the full version is certainly still quite expensive, so this is a great option for anyone interested in jumping in. But as you likely imagined, the cut down price also comes with a cut down feature set, head below for all the details…

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Gaming For Couples: The best Xbox One bundles, games, demos and accessories

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Our last Gaming For Couples article looked at Nintendo’s Wii U as a complete package — it’s arguably the easiest console to recommend to casual gamers, lapsed players, and young families. But Microsoft’s Xbox One has started to surge as an alternative. For only $50 more than the Wii U, you get a much more powerful console, and unlike Nintendo, Microsoft has the support of a huge number of third-party developers.

There’s another big difference: even top-selling Xbox One games are discounted, which makes this console a great choice to play both Microsoft exclusives and cross-platform releases. In this week’s Gaming For Couples, we walk through the best Xbox One bundle options, as well as the top couple-friendly games, demos, and accessories out there.

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Apogee’s new Groove portable amp uses four DACs to match different headphones

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Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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Multi-year magazine sale from $4.30 per year: Pop Science, Wired, Rolling Stone, ESPN, Dwell, GQ, many more

The DiscountMags weekend sale is now in full swing with another batch of notable multi-year deals. This time around we are seeing per year discounts on multi-year subs on a number of magazines we don’t normally, including Wired, Rolling Stone and more.

Wired, which usually goes for $5 per year at its lowest outside of special bundle deals, is available for two year at $9 shipped or $4.50 per year. This is matching the best price we’ve seen outside of the very limited Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales of last year.

With Rolling Stone, you can drop the price down to just $4.30 per year with a 3 year subscription ($12.99). Also the best deal we’ve seen on this mag outside of last year’s holiday sale. The exact same deal and pricing archival data applies to GQ magazine today as well, which also drops to $4.30 on a 3 year sub.

While not quite as rare, Dwell ($9.50 for 2 years), Popular Science ($13 for 3 years, within $0.30 per year) and ESPN ($9.50 for 2 years), are all matching or very close to the lowest prices we see. Be sure to checkout the rest of the mags in the sale as there is a wide selection of discounts available in just about every category. DiscountMags will not charge sales tax, will never auto renew subscriptions, and offers completely free delivery (US only). Note: Digital access comes once the first print edition arrives.

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Home: Shark portable garment steamer (refurb) $30 (orig. $70), PEET Shoe Dryer $29 (orig. $50), shavers, more

Shark Press & Refresh Garment Steamer (GS500)-sale-01Groupon is offering the refurbished Shark Press & Refresh Garment Steamer (GS500) for $29.99 shipped. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $32 under Amazon (new) and the best price we can find.

This portable steamer features adjustable steam levels, a WrinkleEraser that “helps dry clothes”, “kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria” with heat as hot as 320ºF, and has a vertical press pad made to replace ironing boards. More details below. It comes with a 30-day warranty from PRC and has received a 3.7/5 star rating from over 120 Amazon customers

PEET Dryer Original 2-Shoe Electric Dryer-sale-01As part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the PEET Dryer Original 2-Shoe Electric Dryer in black (M97-FSB) for $28.75 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders over $35. That’s 42% under the original listing, around $6 under the next best prices and the best we’ve seen from a trusted retailer in over a year.

Its “PEET DryPorts circulate air for thorough drying”, as well as neutralizing odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. It has a rating of 4.7/5 stars from over 700 Amazon customers.

Before you head below for the rest of today’s deals from Philips, Rubbermaid, Oggi and more, be sure to checkout Home Depot’s deal of the day. You’ll find up to 45% off a selection of Honeywell Allergen Plus Pleated Air Filter packs.

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Games/Apps: XCOM Enemy Unknown for Mac $14 (Reg. $35), DualShock 4 + Power A controller charger bundle $70, freebies

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In today’s best game/app deals, we have a couple notable Mac game deals including XCOM Enemy Unknown – Elite Edition for $13.99 (Reg. $35). This is the lowest we’ve seen the game go for on the Mac App Store and the current lowest price we can find including Amazon, Steam and the Mac Game Store.

Elite Edition includes the Slingshot and Elite Soldier Pack add-on content, as well as the Second Wave update, which includes a series of gameplay modifiers that add further depth and flexibility to the campaign (additional $10+ value)

Aa part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy is offering a DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, Infamous Second Son, and PowerA Dual Charging Station bundle for $69.99 shipped today ($100 value). Even at the lowest price we’ve seen for each of the above items  you’re saving around $5.

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS/Mac including Flying Hamster for $1 (Reg. $2), Jump Out! for FREE (Reg. $1), Lost Yeti for FREE (Reg. $2), Tropico 4: Gold Edition for $14 (Reg. $35), Living Weather HD for $3 (Reg. $4), How to Cook Everything for $7 (Reg. $10) and more:

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

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Lenmar ChugPlug adds up to 4 hours of battery life to your MacBook: $80 shipped (Reg. $130)

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For two days only, Best Buy offers the Lenmar ChugPlug Portable Extended MacBook Battery for $79.99 shipped. That’s $50 below list and the best deal we’ve ever seen by $20.

You can expect ChugPlug to add up to an additional 4 hours of battery life to the 11-inch MacBook Air and up to 3 hours for the 13-inch MacBook Air/Pro. While not a full recharge, those couple of added hours can be invaluable when trying to get work done on the road. It works with standard 45 and 60W Apple MagSafe Power Adapters. Note: not compatible with 15-inch MacBooks.

Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars and it’s our preferred portable MacBook battery.
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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,599 ($200 off)

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Amazon offers the Apple 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGX92LL/A) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB for $1,599 with free shipping, which is $200 off list. B&H also has it for the same price and only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for buyers in NY. However, Amazon offers Prime benefits and charges sales tax at purchase for a limited number of states, so be sure to weigh both options when making your purchase.

This is Apple’s top of the line standard configuration 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

If you’re looking for an Air, then head to this post to save $199 on a current generation 13-inch model.

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