About the Author

Seth Weintraub


Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek sites.

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Seth Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts and love for Silicon Valley culture.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the commerce component 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site. In 2013, Weintraub bought one of the Tesla’s first Model S EVs off the assembly line and so began his love affair with the Electric Vehicle and green energy which is now electrek.co.

From 1997-2007, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger.

Seth received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology in 1997. In 2004, he received a Master’s from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his lovely wife and two amazing sons.

More at About.me.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/AIM/Skype

September 4

expiredAmazon Gold Box: Samsung 65″ 4K HDR Curved Smart HDTV is under $1,000 w/ expert wall mount

Amazon, today only as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, has one of the best Smart TVs on the market at an all time low price of $999.99 shipped. Rated at 4.1/5 stars by Amazon reviewers, the Samsung UN65MU7600 Curved 4K HDR Smart UHDTV (2017 Model) has all of the bells and whistles (3 HDMI ports, HDR Pro, Wi-Fi, etc) and includes free expert wall mounting for a limited time.

August 28

expiredApp-controlled ECOVACS robots clean any type of floors start at $140 shipped (Gold Box)

If you don’t want to throw down $500 for an iRobot roomba and want app connectivity on your floor cleaning robots, Amazon’s Gold Box today has some incredible offers on ECOVACS DEEBOT and SLIM NEO robot vacuums and floor scrubbers. These all get 4+/star reviews from Amazon shoppers and feature Wi-Fi connectivity, Android or iOS control (no Homekit yet) and all kinds of smart sensors that keep them from bashing into furniture and falling down stairs. Check out the videos on each item’s Amazon page for a good usage breakdown. Free shipping is available on all models.

August 21

expiredFootball season is almost here and Amazon’s Gold Box has NCAA gear from $24

It is almost college football season and today’a Amazon Gold Box means you can gear up with a quality E5 hoodie with  your favorite school(s) logo for $23.95 Prime shipped in a variety of sizes. That’s over 50% off the list price and a great deal on NCAA-licensed merchandise.

Note there are about 35 teams as of this writing but many are low on inventory…so giddy-up.

expiredPower up for fall yard work with this 80V Pro-level Greenworks Gold Box

The leaves are coming! Get a jump on fall with today’s Greenworks Gold Box featuring a number of pro-level 80V blowers and trimmers with high ratings and low prices. As a Greenworks 80V ecosystem owner, I’ve seen that these products are every bit as powerful as their gas counterparts.

expiredTake the office Nerf gun war nuclear with a 50+% off Gold Box from Amazon

Today’s the day to blow out your office arsenal or load up your kids (safe and fun!) war room with Amazon’s 20+ item Nerf Gold Box. Inside you’ll find a ton of different options ranging from casual play to rapid fire 100+ munitions sets, all with massive discounts and very high ratings. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $25+.

August 14

expiredGet award winning Voice over IP phone calling for just $63 w/ Ooma Telo Gold Box

If you are looking to get that landline in the house for emergencies or general poor cell reception, I’ve got good news and bad news: The bad news is that most cable/ISPs are now using VoIP instead of copper lines for homes meaning that if your power or internet goes out so does your cell service. The good news is that you can skip their “service” by installing a 4/5 star rated Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service for $63 shipped as part of Amazon’s Gold Box which matches the all time low. This is Amazon’s #1 best seller and requires that you only pay taxes and fees on service.

I have an Ooma which I use for Google Voice land line and it works really well.

expiredUpdate your crappy drill/driver set to this pro-level Bosch duo for $129, today only

Why skimp on the finer things in life when a Bosch CLPK232-181 18V 2-Tool Combo Kit (Drill/Driver & Impact Driver) with (2) 2.0 Ah Batteries set is on sale in Amazon’s Gold Box for $129 shipped ($78.68 off). That’s a lot lower than the $200 you’ll usually find these for or even previous lows near $180 on this 4.7/5 star rated set. It comes with 2 batteries, and a slick carrying bag and carries Bosch’s legendary 3 year tool/2 year battery warranty. While supplies last.

expiredMac/PC Gaming Gold Box has all of the components and accessories to blow out your rig

There’s nothing like the smell of a gaming Gold Box in the morning. Today’s from Amazon has a nice variety of components and accessories to take your Mac or PC (or Hackintosh?) rig to the next level. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $25+. Some favorites:

August 7

Hoover WindTunnel 3 Vacuum Cleaner does everything at a fraction of Dyson’s price: $96 shipped

If you like the idea of a Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner but don’t want to shell out multiple hundreds of dollars for it, today’s Amazon Gold Box on the Hoover WindTunnel 3 Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for $95.99 shipped should do the trick.  This one is incredibly feature-packed for the price including 40 foot  cord, pivoting dusting tool, pet Turbo tool, telescoping extension Wand w/15 foot reach, headlight, HEPA filter and crevice tool.

expiredBack to School Gold Box slashes 25% off backpacks: $20+, lunch kits: $12, luggage: $41+

Time to knock out some back to school/work shopping with Amazon’s Gold Box today on backpacks, lunch kits, and even luggage from High Sierra. For school shoppers, you’ll find a highly rated insulated lunch container in black, red or aqua for $12 shipped. These have 3 separate zippered compartments for separate items and internal ID tag.

July 31

expiredStorm Season! Get a serious 3kW 10hr/tank portable generator for $880 shipped, today only

In my experience you either have a powerful, reliable generator with versatile outlets or you can have a portable generator – but rarely do you get all three in one package. Today’s Gold Box challenges that notion with the 4.3-star rated Briggs and Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart 3000-Watt Inverter Generator with a Home/RV 30A outlet, (4) 120-Volt AC Outlets & (1) 12-Volt DC Outlet for $880 shipped. This thing rarely drops below $1000 and usually can be found in the $1200-$1300 range. 

expiredToday’s the day to pick up Gold Box Dewalt tool bundles: 12″ Miter Saw: $349, Drill Drivers: $169, more

If you’ve been considering upgrading your tools to the trusted Dewalt brand, today’s the day. Amazon’s Gold Box includes a trio of Dewalt Tool bundles for the discerning hobbyists and pros. Each item is the lowest price we’ve seen by up to $50 in the case of the saw.

July 24

Hydrate yourself with this Camelbak Gold Box, Water bottles: $7+, Hydration packs starting at $23

If you take your outdoor exercise seriously or just need a quality water bottle, today’s the day to jump aboard the Camelbak bandwagon. Amazon’s Gold Box contains a ton of hydration products and accessories starting at just $4. That’s up to 45% off the regular price on a ton of excellent water storage products.

Standouts include:

Intex queen-sized self-inflating air mattress: $35 Prime shipped

It’s always prudent to have an extra mattress on the ready for expected or unexpected guests or that car camping adventure. Today’s the day to pick up a solid 4/5 star rated self-inflating Queen sized Intex Air Mattress for $34.99 shipped. That’s $13 or 25% off the normal price of this Amazon Exclusive 16-inch high mattress that folds away into a small bag (included). Features:

Get a 2-pack of the original Amazon Echo for $160 ($80/ea, $100 off)

Today’s the day to grab an original Amazon Echo at the lowest price we’ve ever seen it. Simply add 2 to your cart in either Black or White for $259.98 and add coupon code ECHO2PACK at checkout to drop the price for 2 $100 to $159.98 shipped. That’s $20 less than the original price for 1 and the best price we’ve seen on this 4.4/5 star rated smart speaker with the Amazon Alexa Ecosystem.

June 26

expiredTime to jump on the Paddle Board craze with Tower rigid inflatables Gold Box at $499

If you wanted to get paddle boarding this summer, now’s the time to jump on Amazon’s Tower Paddle Boards iSUP Package “Adventurer 2″ 10’4” Gold Box at $499/ea. These highly (4.6/5 star) rated paddleboards are so rigid after inflation that they have almost the same feel as a fiberglass board. Yet, they roll up after use to the size of a duffle bag great for transport and storage in tight places.

June 19

Upgrade to 1st class luggage for summer travel, Amazon Gold Box starting at $15

Summer trip planned with luggage that is falling apart? Upgrade your trip with a bunch of great luggage offerings from Amazon in their Gold Box this morning. That’s 40% off a lot of highly ranked, stylish products from 1st tier makers. There’s a ton of stuff here so definitely check everything out but some favs that I like include:

June 12

expiredGift Dad Coleman Amazon Gold Box: Sleeping Bags $18, Coolers $12, Tents $33, more

Father’s Day is this weekend and with summer in full swing, it’s time to hook dad up with some of his favorite outdoor gear at lowest ever prices. Amazon is discounting a number of Coleman camping products too numerous to mention here but some highlights are:

See the whole collection here (including a second page).

May 29

expiredKindle Voyager E-Reader (refurb) $135 + up to 80% off Kindle E-Books nonfiction bestsellers

Today as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers the Amazon Kindle Voyager refurb for $134.99 shipped. That’s $35 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this thinnest-ever model which has LED backlighting, 300 dpi and weeks long battery. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Kindle Voyager Features:

  • A Certified Refurbished Kindle Voyage is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
  • High-resolution 300 ppi display-reads even more like the printed page
  • Reimagined page turns-PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
  • New adaptive front light-provides ideal brightness, day or night
  • Our thinnest Kindle ever
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours

Also, to get your collection started, Amazon offers 80% off a number of E-Book titles starting at $1.99/ea.

expiredGrab an Intex queen-sized self-inflating bed for $35 or Brentwood foam starting at $249

Amazon has a combination of highly rated bedding options on Gold Box today.

On the temporary front, grab an Intex self-inflating Queen sized mattress for $34.99 shipped. That’s an all time low on this popular 4/5 star-rated that is dual chambered and sets itself up in just 200 seconds. Features:

  • Inflatable queen airbed for home use engineered with fiber-tech(tm) construction
  • Built-In, high-powered electric pump for hassle-free inflation and deflation, inflates mattress in approximately 3.5 Minutes to the desired firmness
  • The dual chamber construction provides ample vertical stability and the perimeter frame on top and bottom provides even more stability and support
  • Duffel bag included for easy storage and transport
  • Dimensions: 60 x 20 x 80 inches (w x h x l), 600-pound capacity

If you are looking for a more permanent option, the 4.3/5 star rated Brentwood Home Cypress Mattress Gel Memory Foam 13-Inch is $249-$499 shipped. These feature:

  • 2-inches of gel memory foam conforms to your body for greater pressure relief and proper spinal alignment. Reduces tossing and turning, eliminates motion transfer, and provides a great night’s sleep.
  • Removable zipper cover lined with natural New Zealand Wool wicks moisture, regulates temperature, and is designed to prevent odor.
  • Made with CertiPUR-US foams free of flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. No toxic flame retardants used in this mattress.
  • Firm feel, great for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Made in USA. 25 Year Limited Warranty. Mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box for easy shipping and setup.

Both are today only or while supplies last.

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