Free year of ShopRunner ($79 value), while all Prime members can use a workaround to avoid price increase

ShopRunner-freeShopRunner is a service similar to Amazon Prime that charges a yearly membership fee that grants free 2-day shipping. The big difference is that ShopRunner works with dozens of online retailers including Neiman Marcus, MacMall, Toys R Us, TigerDirect.com, and others. For a limited time, current Amazon Prime members can get a free year of ShopRunner ($79 value) by using this special promo link. Only available to new members (*cough* or new emails). Don’t forget to cancel auto-renew if you do not plan to re-up after your free year. Note: The T&C of the promo state that you must submit proof of Prime membership within 24 hours of signing up. (Updated)

How to submit proof of Amazon Prime membership:

2. Log in if necessary
3. Click on “View printable receipt”
4. Copy the full receipt.
5. Open a new email addressed to DoneWithPrime@ShopRunner.com
Paste the receipt into the body of the email and hit send.
Make sure to send it from your ShopRunner registered email address.
6. Paste the receipt into the body of the email and hit send.

Yesterday’s big news was that Amazon is going to increase the yearly fee for regular and student Prime by 25%. New members have until next week to activate a trial and lock in the lower rates ($39 for students, $79 for regular), while current members can only do this if their membership is up for renewal before 4/17.

Luckily, LifeHacker discovered a workaround that they say will allow all current members (regardless of renewal date) to lock in the lower rates for one more year:

1. Disable auto-renew on your Prime account. Update: It seems like Amazon might have temporarily removed the option to cancel your membership online. If you’re having trouble, you can still follow the rest of the steps and cancel your auto-renewal at a later date, either when the option is restored or through customer service.
2. Purchase a gift subscription here for $79
3. Set it to deliver to your own email address on the day that your current year of Prime lapses.

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Sony RDPM7IPN portable Lightning speaker dock for iPhone/iPod $60 shipped (Reg. $80), more

Sony RDPM7IPN Lightning iPhon-iPod-Portable-speaker-dock-sale-01Amazon has the Sony RDPM7IPN Lightning iPhone/iPod Portable speaker dock for $60 shipped right now. That’s $20 off the regular price and matching the lowest we’ve seen this model go for. It is compatible with Lightning equipped iPhone and iPod models, and will act as both a portable speaker (w/ 10 hour battery life) and a charging station. It comes with a remote and an aux input for external audio sources.

The Sony RDPM7IPN has received a 4.3/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

If it’s a Bluetooth speaker you’re after, Groupon has the Acoustic Research wireless Bluetooth speaker in black for $55 shipped (Reg. $120). This matches the all time low on this model and beats Amazon’s current listing by more than $10 where it has received a 4.2/5 star rating. For more great Lightning speaker/charger options and other higher end accessories the Harman Audio online store has some great options from JBL, Harman/Kardon, and AKG.

Sony RDPM7IPN Portable Lightning speaker dock for iPhone/iPod: $60 shipped (Reg. $80)

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Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr (Refurb.) $180 shipped (Reg. $250)

beats-mixr-headphone-dealThe official Beats by Dr. Dre refurbished eBay store offers the Mixr headphones for $179.95 with free shipping, which is $80 below the retail price for a new pair. Features include rotating ear cups, a flexible housing/headband built to withstand the rigors of DJ life, and industrial strength sound. Available in white or black. Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

beats-dre-refurb-ebay-storeIf you are in the market for any other audio gear be sure to browse the entire refurbished store as many of their most popular speakers and headphones are available at deeply discounted rates. All of these items include a 30-day warranty from Beats.

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Amazon announces rate increases for regular ($99/yr) and Student Prime ($49/yr) memberships

amazon-prime-price-increase-2014Update (3/13 8:30 am): Amazon is now boldly owning the increases with an announcement on its homepage (above).

Effective April 17th, Amazon Prime annual membership rates will increase for the first time ever. Regular accounts will jump from $79 to $99 and Student accounts will go from $39 to $49.

The announcement quietly trickled out as an email to some members and can be found tucked away in a Prime help document. Rumors of a potential rate increase have been swirling since Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak broached on the subject during an earnings call in January. If you’re a current member and up for renewal be sure to re-up before the rates increase on 4/17! New members can start a 30-day free trial within the next 7 days to secure the lower rate. (smart move).
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Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 $129 ($100 off)

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black & Photoshop Lightroom 5BuyDig is offering the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $229. The coupon code: POSTPRODUCTION100 drops it to only $129 shipped. That’s half what you would expect to pay for either item. Amazon sells them separately for $115 for the WD Hard Drive and $120 for Lightroom 5.

The WD Hard Drive features USB 3.0 connectivity, automatic and cloud backup, password protection and hardware encryption and a 3-year limited warranty from Western Digital.

Adobe Lightroom 5 lets you easily share on Facebook, and Flickr, or in books, web galleries, prints, slide shows, and more. “Lightroom makes it easy with timesaving tools for sharing your work with friends, family, and clients.”

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HP SlateBook x2 tablet w/ keyboard dock station: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

HP SlateBook x2 tablet-sale-HP-01HP is offering the HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock for $395 shipped using code LOGICBUY15HP during checkout. That’s $85 off the regular price, $45 better than Amazon’s current price, and the best we’ve seen by $10.

The 10.1-inch SlateBook features Android 4.2, 2GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1920 x 1200 display all powered by 1.8GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra processor. This deal also comes along with the full QWERTY keyboard docking station with additional USB ports as well.

HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

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Lexar 32GB JumpDrive $15 (Reg. $33), PNY 128GB $49 shipped (Reg. $70)

Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash DriveBuyDig has the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash Drive for only $14.99 shipped (price drops in cart from $19.99). That’s 55% off the list price, $9 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen. With it, you can store and transfer content faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology. Also, it has a retractable connector with convenient thumb slide, and of course both PC and Mac compatible.

PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 PenIf you’re looking for even more storage than that, Amazon has the PNY 128GB Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Pen Drive (P-FD128TBOP-GE) for a low $48.99 shipped. That’s $21 off the list price and the best current price we could find. It was a few dollars less yesterday but that deal is now sold out. It features fast USB 3.0 technology and of course both PC and Mac compatible.  Read more

MacMall has two models of the new Mac Pro in-stock and ready to ship

MacMall has two models of the elusive new Mac Pro in stock and ready to ship. The updated Mac Pro has been hotly anticipated for years and as such most early-adopters have been steamrolled by estimated shipping times up to several months.

As of right now, MacMall has the following models available to ship today:

  • MD878LL/A $3,994.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2.
  • Z0P8-3.5-16-1TB-D500 custom configured $4,794.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2. Update (3/12 5:50 pm): This model is now sold out and will not ship until April.

Apple is currently quoting an estimated ship time of April for the aforementioned models.

If you need any other Apple gear be sure to check out MacMall’s St. Patrick’s Day blowout.

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Select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s $25 (Reg. $100)

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UPDATE: Amazon raised the price on the Neon case

Amazon has dropped the prices on select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s to only $24.99 (free shipping with Prime). That’s 75% off the list price and a match to our previous mention for the lowest price we’ve seen. Today’s offer includes the Realtree Max 4 and the Neon cases (pictured above).

OtterBox considers the Armor Series its “toughest case ever built.” It boasts protection against a 10′ drop on concrete, dust, two tons of crushing pressure and complete water submersion.

The Armor Series is also available for the iPhone 4/4s at the same low price.

If Amazon isn’t carrying the specific color combination you’re looking for it’s worth checking out Otterbox.com as they are currently offering 50% off the Armor series.

*Note: Touch ID will not work on the iPhone 5s with this case

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Headphones: Harman AKG K550 over ears: $130 shipped (Reg. $250), Monster Diesel VEKTR on-ears: $110 shipped (Reg. $230)

Updates:

We’ve got some headphone deals today including factory refurbished Harman AKG K550 closed-back reference headphones for $130 shipped. That’s $220 off the original new price, $120 off Amazon’s current listing, and the best refurbished price we can find by $30. AKG’s K series headphones are well known to be a great option for both professionals and casual users, and feature 2D-Axis folding for easy storage and transportation. They have received a 4.2/5 star rating among Amazon customers. Browse all of Harman Audio’s official factory reconditioned deals here.

Next up we have the Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones (ivory) for $146 shipped from Amazon.

Last up, is the Monster Diesel VEKTR On-Ear Headphones with Apple ControlTalk for $120 $110 shipped. That’s $110 under the regular price, $20 under the average selling price and the best price we can find. They’ve got a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

We also still have the highly rated Bose OE2 Over-Ear headphones for $84.26 (B&H matches) shipped.

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Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger $40 shipped (Reg. $100)

Anker® 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology for Smartphones and Tablets such as iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy Tab and MoreAmazon has the Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger for only $39.99 shipped (when you use the promo code: ASTRO32G at check out). That’s $60 off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen it for.

The Anker is  powered by PowerIQTM technology that identifies each connected device and “speaks its language” (guaranteeing the fastest charge time for EVERY device). It also has 12000 mAh of capacity and an energy efficiency rate 10% above previous generation Astros and many current standard alternatives charges the iPhone six times. A “shake” starts a charge or displays the remaining power level. Also, with a sturdy construction and matte finish to withstand bumps and drops. Input: 5V / 1.5A

Over 700 Amazon Customers gave it 4.7/5 stars and left excellent reviews for it. Read more

Canon imageCLASS LBP6000 Compact Laser Printer $50 shipped (Reg. $120)

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Staples has the Canon imageCLASS (LBP6000) Compact Laser Printer for a low $49.99 shipped. That’s more than half off the list price, $10 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen for it. This Canon features speeds up to 19ppm and a single cartridge system for cost-efficient supplies replenishment. Also, it has advanced print modes including:  poster, watermark, and toner saver.

Over 200 Amazon customers gave it 4/5 stars and left excellent reviews.

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TP-LINK 500Mbps Gigabit Powerline network extender: $30 (Reg. up to $60)

TP-LINK AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter-sale-01Amazon has the TP-LINK AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter for $30 (free shipping with Prime membership). We’ve seen this model go for as high as $60 in the past. Today’s deal is $10 off the regular listing, and the current best price we can find. It features speeds of up to 500mbps, a nice power saving setting and a range of about “984.3feet in house.”

With a couple Powerline adapters you can bring hardwire internet access through any electrical outlet in your home or office. It can be a great option for those that are having a hard time getting wireless access in certain rooms or spaces as well help to avoid messy ethernet cables running through your ceilings and walls.

It has received a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon. Keep in mind you’ll need at least two adapters like this to extend your network, Amazon has the TP Link AV500 Starter Kit with two adapters and two ethernet cables for $60.  Amazon has some cheap (but highly rated) Belkin Cat 5 cables right now for $3 if you need extras.

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iPhone pricing war heats up as Walmart offers 5s for $119 and Target launches iPad trade-in promotion

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Update March, 14: Target just let us know it’s taking an additional 1o% off iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in addition to the trade-in offer and gift cards mentioned below. The extra 10% off is available through Target’s Cartwheel app.

New Apple promotions from Walmart and Target may be enticing enough for holdouts to finally upgrade to the newest iPhone and iPad. 

Walmart is getting aggressive and beating out Best Buy’s current $50 discount on iPhone 5s by dropping the price all the way down to $119, according to CNN Money. This is one of the lowest prices we have ever seen for Apple’s flagship smartphone. Read more

Happy 2nd Birthday Google Play! Help celebrate with discounted Apps, Movies, Music, and More!

Happy-2nd-Birthday-Google-Play!Happy Birthday, Google Play! It was two years ago that Google rebranded the Android Market to Google Play, and little did we know that it would take off to become what it is now. Not only are great apps and games made available from this vast repository of digital goodness, but you can also buy the latest Nexus devices, Google Play Experience devices, Chromecasts and accessories, books, movies, TV shows, music and so much more.

To celebrate you can grab the following movies and music to exclusive offers on apps, games and e-books: Read more