About the Author

Seth Weintraub

@llsethj

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

January 22

expiredGet fit while working with FitDesk Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar: $200

Today only, as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers the FitDesk Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar for $199.99 shipped. That’s $100 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this 4/5 star rated folding exercise bike with a working desk.

expiredKnock out those TPS reports with Back to Business Sharpie/Expo Gold Box: $6-$15

Today’s the day to stockpile on Sharpie and Expo writing and marker products. Amazon Gold Box takes 25% off already marked down prices on a selection of highly rated markers. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $25+.

January 15

expiredGrab some of your favorite mags in digital or print from $5/year

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers either print magazines or  digital versions from $5 Prime shipped. There’s over 20 different selections here and they are at all times lows. Some favs:

  • Men’s Health: $5
  • The Family Handyman: $11

January 8

expiredBuild mass without (much) cash: Save 25% on CAP barbell/fitness products, $13-$230 shipped

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers a wide variety of CAP fitness products at 25% off. Most of these 4+ star products are at all time low prices. Some standouts (pictured) below:

  • CAP Barbell Medicine Ball: $13+
  • CAP Barbell Cap Rubber Coated Kettlebell with Chrome Handle: $20+
  • CAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbell Set with Rack: $28+
  • CAP Barbell Adjustable Dumbbell Set (40 Pounds): $37

Lots more in the roundup here.

expiredH20 Sale! Water dispensers and ice makers 20% off, today only: $80-$146 shipped

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers Hamilton Beach Ice Makers and Water Dispensers for 20% off. There are a bunch of great items here but this Candy Apple Red Icemaker for $80 has my eye. If you are looking for water dispensers,  there are a few bottom loaders which make switching out water bottles easy and this one does hot and cold as well as room temperature for just $136.  See the whole selection here

expiredMake healthy French Fries at home with Philips Airfryer: $120 shipped

Today as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers the Philips Airfryer with 150 recipe cookbook for $119.99. That’s $80 off and $40 lower that we’ve ever seen it. This fryer circulates hot air to fry items, cutting their fat content by as much as 80%. The included cookbook will keep you inspired.

January 7

expiredGoPro HERO6 12MP camera with 4K60 and 1080p240 drops to $399 shipped

GoPro dropped the price of its HERO6 camera today $100 to $399 shipped. It can be found at various retailers like Amazon, Walmart, B&H (Tax only in NY/NJ), Best Buy and more. The HERO6 sets itself apart from the rest of the line with 4K at 60FPS or 1080 at 240 (for great slo-mo), GPS, 33′ waterproof, voice control and ultra-wide angle glass lens.

January 1

expiredResolve to read one of these 50+ Kindle Ebook classics, $1-5 today only (80% off)

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers  50+ Kindle ebooks to “read in a lifetime” for up to 80% off at $.99 to $4.99 delivered digitally.  These are all time classics and make great “book bucket list” picks.  If you didn’t get a Kindle for the holidays, there are some nice bundles on sale.

expiredGet your New Year’s Rez off right w/ Gold Box Fitness equipment/supplements from $8 Prime shipped

Amazon has your New Year’s Resolutions covered with a pair of Gold Boxes for the fitness minded. First up is a selection of highly rated pre-workout energy supplements for dieting and putting on muscle at 30% or more off. Much of these is now in the $13-20 range so it won’t break the bank and will help you get that 2018 body.

Then you’ll want to blow out your exercise equipment game with a seperate Gold Box on fitness equipment. There are a bunch of great, highly rated products for weight lifting, cardio and conditioning here.

December 27, 2017

expiredGrab a Gold Asus ZenWatch 2 to go with that new Android/iPhone: $60 shipped (NY/NJ tax only)

As part of its Mega 2 Days Deal Zone, B&H offers the Asus Zenwatch 2 Android Wear in Gold for $59.99 shipped. That’s $90 off and the lowest price we’ve seen. This 1.63″ AMOLED 320×320 display watch features 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, built in mic/speaker for calls and IP67 water resistance to 3 feet. As an Android Wear 2 device, it is compatible with both Android and iPhones. 

December 26, 2017

If you’ve talked to your accountant, he or she has probably told you that the new GOP tax plan that passed before Christmas will upend how they do accounting.  Some things we know: You’ll want to pay your state and local taxes (SALT) before the end of the year since next year they won’t be deductible from your federal taxes. Also, many deductions including moving expenses, alimony, student loan interest and tuition and fees will no longer be write-offs. So you might want to prepay or pay early what you can of these.

Most importantly for us, we know that business expenses are going to be deductible for the rest of the year so we’ll be highlighting items for the next week that can be written-off if you either have a business or can write-off purchases that go toward your business (as always consult your/an accountant for tax advice). So we present, Write-off Week 2017. Head below for some of the best deals so far and don’t forget to bookmark our handy guide:

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December 20, 2017

expiredSnag new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush for $12 Prime shipped, great for travel bag

Amazon is offering the Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush in white  for $11.95 after clipping the on page $13 coupon. It ships free for Prime members or in orders over $25. That’s between $10 and $20 under the going rate and the lowest price we’ve recorded. At this price, it is a great travel or backup toothbrush even if you already have one. 

December 18, 2017

As we wind down 2017, the 9to5Toys team is reviewing the year to see what stories and products were your favorites. Our Product of the Year was the DJI Spark Drone which our readers loved but at around $349/ea it wasn’t nearly our best seller.

What product sold the most units? Amazon is the only US vendor that allows us to see the most accurate stats and accounts for over 55% of our sales by number so we’re going to go with their data specifically….**drumroll**

Our biggest seller was the AUKEY ULTRA COMPACT USB Wall Charger w/ Dual Port 2.4A Output

That’s not a terribly exciting product but its popularity lends itself to how helpful it is, thanks to portability and an inexpensive price. Apple only includes a 1A charger with its incredibly popular iPhone line and most phone and tablet makers only include a single port on their default chargers.

This little plug, which is a smaller size than the default one that comes with most phones charges Apple and Android devices as fast as USB-A will allow – 2.4A at 5V. And it will charge two devices at a time at that speed. It allows you to charge your iPhone twice as fast and a friend or iPad gets powered up too! It gets great reviews, a two-year warranty and our readers kept coming back for more.

Aukey, in celebrating this achievement with us, is offering our readers a chance to pick it up today and tomorrow for just $8 with code AUXMAS06 at Amazon. “Throw away Apple’s adapter and add this to your tech arsenal”.

What else sold well? There were:

  • 3 gift cards in the top 10
  • 2 smart home plugs in the top 10
  • 37 of the top 100 products mentioned “Apple” in the product title
  • Anker had 16 products in the top 100 including #3, while Aukey had 8
  • Top Non-tech? A first aid kit came in at #21, #31 was a tool set, and #37 was Crest’s White Strips (our readers have great smiles!)

Below find the full top 100 sale items on Amazon for 9to5Toys in 2017:

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expiredApple 12-inch MacBooks from $799 in cert. refurb condition at Amazon, today only

Today only, as a part of its Last Minute Gold Box Deals, Amazon/Woot is offering certified refurbished early 2016 MacBooks in all 4 colors from $799.99 shipped. You can save upwards of $400 off the original prices here, and $200+ from Apple’s own refurbished listing. Includes a 90-day warranty.

expiredGet fresh herbs all winter with the best AeroGarden at its lowest price ever: $168

Today only as one of its Gold Boxes, Amazon offers the AeroGarden Bounty Elite with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit for $167.99 shipped. That’s over $200 off its list price and at least $75 less than we’ve seen it. This is basically the super-deluxe stainless steel AeroGarden that maintains itself even while you are on vacation. It includes a season of nutrients and seed pods that will grow: Genovese Basil (x2), Thai Basil, Curly Parsley, Italian Parsley, Thyme, Chives, Dill, and Mint. Rated 3.9/5 stars

December 15, 2017

Going back through the year, there have been a lot of important product introductions. Apple released its iPhone X, new LTE Apple Watches and the iconic $159 AirPods just recently began shipping without a lead time. Google, meanwhile, delivered its next-gen Pixel 2’s and a whole plethora of home products including the very inexpensive $29 Google Home Mini or $399 Max which we long considered for the product of the year.

However last year’s 2016 Product of the year was Amazon’s Echo Dot, which is the same class of speaker and doing two small smart speakers in a row is no fun. Speaking of Amazon, they released a whole new line of smart speakers this past year, including our favorite the $130 Echo Spot which goes on sale this week

There were a ton of other products we considered this year as well. There is probably nothing better for kids than the $240 Piper Computer kit which allows them to build a Minecraft Computer, or my personal favorite kids party gift: Snap Circuits which teaches beginning electronics. 

There are also honorable mentions which we should include, such as Anker’s Eufy Robo Vacs, which we found to offer stellar value and performance in our hands-on review.

But one product outshined them all this year… expand full story

November 27, 2017

expiredApple MacBooks (2016) loaded up with 512GB of storage: $999 at Amazon, today only

Today only, as a part of its Cyber Monday deals, Amazon/Woot is offering the early 2016 MacBooks in all 4 colors for $999 shipped. That’s over $200 less than Apple offers for a refurbished unit and these are new in Box. These are loaded with 512GB of Storage and have the Intel Core M-6Y54 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache with HD Graphics 515.

Note that while these are New in box, they come with an Amazon Woot warranty, not Apple’s.

expiredEssential Phone with World’s Smallest 4K 360 degree Camera: $399

Today only, as a part of its Cyber Monday deals, Amazon offers the Andy Rubin’s (creator of Android) Essential Phone bundled with its 360 degree camera for $399 shipped in black moon or pure white That’s $200 off the price of the phone alone but we’ve seen it on sale for $399 at Best Buy over the past weeks. Add in the $200 360 camera attachment however and you’ve got quite a deal for the pure Android lovers. 

November 26, 2017

expiredGrab a 100W 12V Solar panel for hobbies, cabins, boats or RVs: $90 shipped

Today only, Home Depot offers the Grape Solar 100W Solar panel for $89.99 shipped. That’s the first time we’ve seen a panel go for under $1/watt and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for a 100W panel by $10.

If you are looking for a more square form factor, Renology also has a 100W for $90 shipped. Compare to the $110 pricing at Amazon where these Panels typically see 4.5/5 star reviews.

Pair up a Suaoki 220Wh Inverter/battery to store that 12V solar power and make it available to any household or USB charging device: $198 after clipping $11 coupon.

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