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December 13, 2016

expiredFinish all of your holiday toy shopping today at Amazon – Save 40% (or more) on picks for kids of all ages: Power Wheels, Nerf, VTech, more

Last weekend I decided to do some Christmas shopping at the mall. That was a terrible decision. Despite being a few weeks until the holidays, every parking spot was taken and there were angry shoppers in Santa hats all over the place. Trust me, just fill up your Amazon shopping cart, take delivery in 2-days (Prime FTW!) and keep your sanity.

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is taking at least 40% off a huge selection of Toys. Amazon even separated the sale into age groups so you can key in on exactly what you need. There’s a little bit of everything so you should be able to cross every toy off your shopping list. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. Here are our top picks:

December 12, 2016

Amazon continues to offer $25 off and free shipping when you buy at least $75 of select Holiday essentials. Eligible products span everything from everyday grocery buys like San Pellegrino, Larabar, Oreo and Red Bull to household staples like Glad garbage bags, Clorox Wipes, batteries and Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap. Honestly, you’re going to easily spend $75 on these items over your next few grocery store visits – especially if you’re throwing a Christmas party – so just buy it all at once and save $25.

Terms and conditions are as follows:

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Amazon offers the SanDisk 64GB iXpand Lightning USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $49.99 with free shipping. Also available via B&H. As a price comparison, it typically sells for around $60 and has never been priced lower on Amazon. If you’re struggling to get by on your iPhone or iPad’s internal storage, use this flash drive to gain a ton of room for photos, videos, music and more. It features automatic photo backup and supports a variety of video formats (WMV, AVI, MKV, MP4, and MOV). Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 434 Amazon reviewers.

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Amazon offers the LEGO Ideas Yellow Submarine (21306) for $49.99 with free shipping, which is $10 (17%) below its regular price and the lowest we’ve ever tracked. Also available via Target (discount taken during checkout). Released just over a month ago, this 550-piece LEGO kit includes minifigures of John, Paul, George, Ringo and Jeremy (from the film) and an intricately detailed Yellow Submarine replica. It would make a great holiday gift for any Beatles fan.

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expiredGet a free $60 gift card when you buy GoPro’s HERO5 Black action camera w/ voice control + touch display for $399

Amazon offers the GoPro HERO5 Black waterproof action camera with a free $60 gift card for $399. Also available via B&H and Best Buy. The only notable discount on this new release was a very brief, one-off sale at REI. Today’s bonus gift card nets you an effective savings of about 15%. Use the gift card to pick up some high-speed storage or other add-ons for your new camera. It features 4K video recording and 12MP photos, voice control, 2-inch touch display and waterproof design (up to 33-ft). Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from nearly 150 Amazon reviewers.

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Amazon offers the brother Wireless Monochrome Laser Duplex Printer for $99.99 with free shipping. Also available via Best Buy. That’s a fresh drop of $30 and a match for the best price we’ve seen in more than 6-months. Features include AirPrint support, copying/color scanning and, most importantly, inexpensive toner options. It’s an Amazon best seller with 4.4 out of 5 rating from more than 1,100 Amazon reviewers.

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December 11, 2016

expiredNab a Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug from Amazon today from $10.49 Prime shipped (all-time low)

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers Contigo’s AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug for $10.49-$12.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. These mugs would normally run you around $20 and have never been priced lower on Amazon. Today’s sale includes 16 and 20-ounce options in a variety of colors. If you’re in the market for a new travel mug, Contigo is your best bet.

Update (12/12 12:10pm): Save an additional $25 at Best Buy today only when you pay using Visa Checkout. That drops iPad Air 2 down to $275 shipped.

Target and Best Buy are coming in hard with iPad discounts as we inch closer to Christmas. Most notably, iPad Air 2 now starts at just $299.99 at both retailers. That’s $99.01 below Apple’s asking price and about $25 more than Black Friday. It’s the best full-size iPad for most people since the Pro lineup is generally overkill for everyday tasks. But if you are looking for Apple Pencil support and need the extra horsepower, Target dropped the 9.7-inch 32GB iPad Pro down to $449.99 (from $599), 128GB to $549.99 (from $699) and 256GB to $649.99 (from $799).

Make sure you don’t ruin your savings by snagging an overpriced case. This option has auto/sleep wake functionality and gets stellar reviews: iPad Air 2 model from $9.49, 9.7-inch iPad Pro from $9.99. Buy a Bluetooth keyboard so you can really knock out work on your new iPad. Logitech’s multi-device K480 ($35) and K380 ($30) are both smart picks.

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December 10, 2016

There’s nothing better than free Amazon credit during the holidays. Right now you can get $5 off your next order of $25 or more just for taking a couple minutes to install the Amazon Assistant browser extension.

A couple things to note: It’s not compatible with Safari so if you’re a Mac user just fire up Chrome, it’s only available for new Amazon Assistant customers and the free credit is valid until 12/31. The install process is really simple. Just head to this promo page, sign in and proceed to install Amazon Assistant. Once it’s finished, click the new icon in the top bar of your browser, go through the introduction sequence and then redeem the promo. You’re all set when you receive an on-screen confirmation message. Now, just add at least $25 worth of items to your shopping cart and the $5 will be automatically deducted during checkout.

Not sure what to buy? Take a look through Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals sale and Gold Box Deals of the Day for some ideas and big savings. Or to browse all of our current Amazon deals, click here.

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December 9, 2016

Amazon offers the iDevices iGrill Mini smart Bluetooth thermometer for $24.05. As a price comparison, today’s deal is just a bit lower than Black Friday and about $16 better than its typical going rate of $40. Amazon has never sold it for less. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. It enables you to wirelessly monitor the status of any meats on your grill or smoker from your smartphone. That’s huge when you’re having a party or barbecue and would rather enjoy the fun instead of standing next to the grill all day. It’s an absolute killer gift idea for any of your friends or family who love to cook. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars and currently the best selling grill thermometer on Amazon.

The iGrill 2 smart Bluetooth thermometer is also on sale at its lowest Amazon price: $59.99 (Reg. $100)

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Amazon offers the QNAP 2-Bay NAS (model TS-231+) with a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A15 Dual-Core Processor and 1GB of RAM for $139 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $10 below Black Friday pricing and the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon. Use it to remotely manage and access important digital files, stream video via AirPlay/Chromecast/DLNA and so much more. QNAP’s entire NAS lineup receives favorable marks from Amazon reviewers.

The QNAP 4-Bay NAS (model TS-431+) is also at its lowest ever Amazon price: $224 shipped (Reg. $270-$290)

You’ll need to provide your own drives, we’d recommend putting your savings towards buying a pair of WD Red NAS-optimized Hard Drives (from $65 shipped).

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Kindle Unlimited is the ultimate reading service for any bookworm. It offers bottomless access to more than 1 million titles, current magazines and thousands of audiobooks on your Kindle e-Reader, iPad, iPhone and Android device. Amazon typically discounts it a few times a year, but it doesn’t usually budge from the standard $9.99 monthly rate. As we inch closer to the holidays, Amazon has discounted the 12-month Kindle Unlimited option down to $88.99 ($7.41/month). That’s 25% off and only $8.67 more than last month’s big Cyber Monday sale. You have the option of purchasing it at the sale price for yourself or as a gift (sent on any day you’d like).

Even though Kindle Unlimited works on a multitude of devices, you should stick with a Kindle e-Reader if you’re serious about books. Their beautiful e-Ink displays and tight integration with Amazon’s services make them the gold standard for e-Books.

For casual readers, Amazon’s Prime Reading benefit for Prime members offers a decent amount of content at no extra cost.

Missed it? Amazon just announced the best-selling books of 2016.

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December 7, 2016

Amazon’s editorial team shared its favorite books of 2016 last month and now the online retail giant has revealed the best selling titles (print and Kindle) during that time. If you’re on the fence about what to buy the bookworm on your holiday shopping list, today’s announcement is a great place to start.

It should come as no surprise that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took the crown as the number 1 best-selling book of the year. Even more impressive, it’s also the Most Wished For and Most Gifted Book on Amazon. The remainder of the list is pretty diverse, ranging across several different book genres.

Remember, you can gift Kindle e-Books if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present. And you can still save $5 on your next print book order.

Head below for a full look at Amazon’s 20 best-selling books for 2016…

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expiredFitbit’s Alta Fitness Tracker w/ iPhone notifications drops back down to Black Friday pricing: $85 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon offers the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker in 4 different color combinations for $84.96 with free shipping. That’s $45 below its typical listing and a match of Black Friday pricing. With multi-day battery life, sleep tracking and smartphone notifications, it’s a worthy (and more affordable) alternative to any full-blown smartwatch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from more than 6,000 Amazon reviewers. Features include:

December 6, 2016

expiredPick up some holiday gifts or create better homemade meals for yourself w/ up to 30% off T-fal Cookware: 3-Piece Set $15, more

Amazon’s 1-day Gold Box sale has you covered on gifts for newlyweds, recent homeowners and college students with savings of up to 30% off select T-fal cookware. Every item in this sale receives stellar ratings from tons of reviewers and has never been priced lower on Amazon. Our top pick is the 3-piece T-fal Cookware Set for $14.99. It typically sells for around $20 and includes: 8, 9.5, and 11-inch pans. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49.

Bonus deal! This Cuisinart MCP194-20N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 4-Quart Saucepan with Cover is on sale for $37 (Reg. $50).

Looking to change up your cooking routine or learn some new cocktails? Today only, Amazon is also taking up to 80% off select Kindle cookbooks with prices starting at just $0.99. One of our favorites is The Drunken Botanist for $1.99, which is $8 below its typical price.

expiredAmazon 1-Day Tech Sale – up to 30% off monitors, networking, more: Linksys AC Dual-Band Gigabit Router $65 (Reg. $100)

Today’s your chance to finally upgrade your computer gear. Amazon is taking up to 30% off monitors, routers and other high-end accessories from some of the biggest names in the business like Linksys, Dell, Netgear and Corsair. Deal prices start at just $18.99 so there’s something for everyone in this Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49.

Say goodbye to spotty Wi-Fi coverage and dropouts. The Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Wireless Router (model WRT1200AC) is on sale for $64.99, which is $35 below its regular price and the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon. If you have an area of your home that’s notoriously hard to reach with Wi-Fi, make sure you buy this Netgear Range Extender for $18.99 (Reg. $30).

Amazon also has a pair of big, beautiful monitors on sale. The first is an ASUS 32-inch WQHD w/ USB hub and HDMI (model PB328Q) for $374.99 (Reg. $470). The next option is from Dell: 27-inch QHD w/ USB hub and HDMI (model U2715H) for $379.99 (Reg. $430).

Still available: 15 AmazonBasics tech accessories just received rare price drops, deals from $5 Prime shipped

December 5, 2016

Get a free $20 credit when you buy a pair of Ray-Ban’s classic sunglasses from Amazon, metal Aviators $79 (effective price)

Amazon will give you $20 to use on your next order when you purchase a pair of select Ray-Ban sunglasses. The sale includes many of Ray-Ban’s classic mens, women and unisex styles like Wayfarers and Aviators. During checkout you should see a message that says “Congratulations, your purchase qualifies you for a $20 credit on your next purchase on Amazon.com.” As long as you see that message, you’ve activated today’s promo. It’s difficult to snag sizable discounts on Ray-Ban so take advantage while you can.

Our favorite deal from the lot is the Ray-Ban RB3025 – Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses for $99.10. Add in the free $20 credit and your effective price drops to $79.10 shipped, which is within a few dollars of Amazon’s all-time low. As you’d expect, they have great reviews.

To browse all of Amazon’s current fashion discounts, click here.

Amazon Prints is now taking 60% off custom cards, calendars and books when you apply coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout. Parents and grandparents love receiving photos of the kids as gifts, this deal lets you get them what they want and save some serious cash while you’re at it! For example, we customized a 12-month Wall Calendar (8.5 x 11-inches) and it cost just $6 once we applied today’s promo. Prime members qualify for free shipping and free expedited shipping on orders of at least $15. The image uploading process couldn’t be simpler. Head to this landing page to get started now.

If you order some prints, don’t forget to pair them with a nice frame to complete the gift!

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December 2, 2016

Amazon’s private-label AmazonBasics line is more expansive than ever. It now covers nearly every popular product category, including tech, travel and fitness accessories, plus home essentials like cookware, pet supplies and furniture. All of which are listed at budget-friendly prices and generally receive high marks from reviewers. The only downside? They hardly ever go on sale. However, we’ve tracked a significant amount of price drops on AmazonBasics tech accessories. The discounts may not be huge numbers, but they are still noteworthy since it’s difficult to ever snag an AmazonBasics product below list price.

Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. Here are the best deals we could find:

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December 1, 2016

Amazon offers various 8-Packs of Sugru Moldable Glue for $15 Prime shipped each. As a price comparison, they’d normally run you about $20 and hardly ever drop below today’s deal. Available options include Black and White, Black, Mulit-Color or White. You can use Sugru to create, fix or seal just about anything. It’s a unique gift idea for anyone – especially a DIYer – on your holiday shopping list. Looking for some inspiration? Sugru has a ton of ideas and examples of ways you can put its moldable glue to good use. Amazon reviewers love this stuff.

Today’s sale is part of the Cyber Monday Deals Week on Amazon Launchpad. Fore more great deals on inventive products from startups, click here.

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