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

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January 30

expiredTime to secure those outlets w/ Belkin surge protector Gold Box from Amazon, starting under $3.75/ea

Do you plug that $1000 computer/entertainment system directly into your outlet? Me too! That’s dumb because it means your computer and thousands of dollars in electronics are fried if lighting or other surge hits your house.

All it takes is a good surge protector between your equipment and the outlet and today’s the day to grab some because Amazon slashes prices on Belkin’s lineup of surge protectors.

Standouts for me are:

Take special note of the Belkin Rockstar travel surge protector which includes a 3,000mAh battery to power your fast charging USB port after its unplugged or the power goes out. $25.99 shipped (57% off list).

January 23

Today’s Amazon Gold Box is a cornucopia of solid home good items at lowest all time prices. These are admittedly basic level items but all are 4-star plus rated and are great for starting out your home/kitchen sets, replacing aging items or starting new in a cottage/vacation house. Standouts:

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I usually get my markers a few at a time at a few bucks each whenever we have school shopping or run dry. Smart shoppers will hit up today’s Amazon Gold Box where Sharpie, Papermate and Prismacolor markers are an additional 25% off starting at $8. Standouts:

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January 19

Now’s the time to stockpile! Levi’s Men’s 513 Slim-Straight Jean, various sizes: $17 Prime shipped

You don’t often see non-horrible jeans for $16.90 shipped. But here before you are Levi’s Men’s 513 Slim-Straight Jean for under $17 shipped at Amazon. The only caveat is that many are backordered for a month+. Various sizes apply.

Looking to save more? Levi’s Men’s 502 Regular Taper Jean can be had for under $14 and 501s are also on sale. 

January 2

expiredKeep that resolution with this $197 FitDesk 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar

If you find yourself spending too many hours behind the desk to keep active, Amazon’s Gold Box today has your back. The FitDesk 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike with Massage Bar 2.0 is $197 Shipped today only. The 4/5 star rated exercise desk allows you to knock out those TPS reports while getting a little biking action in on the side.  It folds up tiny when not in use and has a convenient storage drawer, resistance bands for fake upper body workout and an ab-massage roller for giggles.

Bonus: Amazon is Gold Boxing a bunch of fitness supplements too.

 

December 24, 2016

expiredNinja Coffee Bar Brewer might be the best $100 you spend on a deluxe coffee experience

While I’m a happy AeroPress user, I’ve got the in-laws coming over and I’ll be damned if I’m going to be making 20 cups of coffee using an AeroPress. Just in time for my plight, or a few days late after shipping, Amazon is Gold Box-ing the most popular high end coffee maker, the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer, with all the bells and whistles in refurbished packaging for $99.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the refurbished price and $100 off the regular price of this top end coffee machine. Features:

  • Multi-Serve Dial lets you CHOOSE A SIZE for a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe
  • Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology allows you to dial up the flavor richness level and CHOOSE A BREW: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty
  • Includes: Ninja Easy Frother, Coffee Measuring Scoop, 43 oz. Glass Carafe, 5 Paper Filter Starter Kit
  • 43 oz. Glass Carafe & Precise Temp Warming plate, keeps your coffee at the ideal drinking temperature with a 2-hour auto-off feature.

If refurbished isn’t your speed, the new one is also marked down to $129.99 today.

December 23, 2016

10. Nothing beats Amazon Prime and now you can gift 3 months for $33 or a full year for $99 more. Once you have prime, pick up the 9to5Toys product of the Year Amazon Echo Dot for $40. Prime is pretty much the best deal you’ll find anywhere on free 2 days shipping, free music, movies, books, ebooks, etc etc.

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9. For the Apple fans in your life (including yourself), nothing beats iTunes credit and the best deal you’ll ever find is this $100 card for $85 Paypal/ebay. Other options/denominations are available at Target. Delivers in a few minutes/hours for printing or emailing. You can also hook up your Google/Play/Android Friends with a gift card. 10% off 2 at Best Buyexpand full story

December 19, 2016

expiredDJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone is just $849 at Amazon (ships today), will go quick!

Today Amazon has dropped the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone to an all time low of $849 shipped. This is DJI’s latest Drone with auto takeoff and landing and its hard to crash even if you try. The 4K camera with Gimbal stabilization is incredible and makes your videos look beyond professional.

I bought this thing last month like an idiot for $900 but don’t regret any moment of the fantastic flying and amazing videos and stills I’ve captured. It is easy enough for a kid to fly, yet takes insane 4K videos and 8mp stills. Feature list:

  • Auto takeoff and auto return home with GPS technology, makes controlling easy. App enables monitoring/camera operation easy
  • Capture 4K ultra HD video at 30 fps, supported resolutions include: 12.0MP (4000 x 3000) photos. The f/2.8 lens with a broad field of view delivers crisp, clear images
  • Gimbal stabilization technology, along with a hover function allows you to capture smooth, clean footage while the camera is in the air
  • Use DJI director software with a built-in video editor to add music, text, and more to your videos.

Here’s our review but the tl;dr is order this thing now. 

expiredThis Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier goes anywhere and today it’s only $25 Prime shipped

Why fill up a huge room with humidity when you can isolate that humidity to your vicinity? Amazon’s Gold Box today has the PureGuardian 4.5L Output per Day Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for $24.74 shipped. That’s $10 less than usual and a great buy to combat the dry heat that heating systems put out in the winter. It gets 4/5 stars and features: 

expiredGrow tons of herbs all winter! The best AeroGarden w/Herb Seed Pod Kit is 62% off today ($160 shipped)

I’ve had an AeroGarden for 2 years and it is a great way to grow the herbs you need for cooking all winter long. Put them in your kitchen and you’ll have immediate access to the absolute freshest, most flavorful plants you’ll find.

Today, Amazon has the biggest sale we’ve seen on the highest rated, deluxe 9 pod Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit for $159.99 shipped. This gets incredible 4.5/5 star ratings and has never been below $180 before and typically sells at $260.

This is a Gold Box at Amazon so it will obviously be gone quick, if you have a cook or herbalist on your gift list , giddy-up! Features: 

expiredDon’t let your in-laws sleep on the couch, this Intex plush queen airbed w/built-in pump is $35 shipped

Need an extra bed for those expected/unexpected overnight visitors? You aren’t going to find a better one for $35 than this Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Queen 18″ Airbed which is on Amazon Gold Box for $34.99 shipped. That’s $45 off of retail and $10 less than it usually sells on discount. 

This has a built-in 4 minute pump, convenient carry bag, soft top and $600lb rating. At $35 might not last the day.

December 18, 2016

PayPal’s official eBay store offers $100 iTunes Gift Cards delivered via email for just $85 (15% off). You’ll need a valid PayPal account and codes are generally sent within a few minutes/hours of purchase (but could take up to 24 hours). PayPal’s eBay Store has a feedback rating of 99.4% from more than 316,227 respondents.

After redeeming the discounted credit, you can apply the full amount to game, app, and movie purchases as well as iTunes subscription payments for Netflix, HBO NOW, Hulu, Spotify, and more.

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December 16, 2016

Best Buy’s Ebay site has 16 AA Rechargeable batteries for $11.99 shipped. (also available at Best Buy) That’s typically the price for 2 or 4 so this is a no brainer deal, especially with the holiday gifts coming in at record speed. These are on clearance and may or may not arrive by Christmas unless you add shipping or in store pickup (Delivered Dec. 23-28th) but get impressive 4.6/5 star ratings. 

You’ll need a battery charger for these which start at around $8 if you don’t already have one. 

In fact, these 200mAh Dynex Batteries are nearing the price of premium non-rechargable batteries meaning that even if you just go one and done, you are still pretty much breaking even. I just bought 4 so you might want to hurry… expand full story

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December 14, 2016

expiredThe Best Desktop Speakers you’ll ever find for $110 shipped (Tax only in NJ): 200W Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX

I picked up my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Speaker System about 4 years ago for a couple of hundred bucks after a recommendation from a friend.  They absolutely blew me away with their deep, rich, loud sound. They are as immersive as any 3 speakers can get and at 200W they are as loud as you would want from a desktop speaker. Since then, the world has gone wireless but for desktop speakers which don’t really need to be untethered, these cannot be beat.

Today, they are knocked down to the lowest price we can find, $109.99 shipped after Coupon Code JINGLEBELLS at BuyDig

They obviously get crazy good 4.4/5 star reviews at Amazon and feature:

Amazon offers Urbuds X1 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds for $20.99. However, Code 844ISWXO at checkout brings the total all the way down to $8.82 Prime shipped. That might be the lowest price we’ve ever seen anywhere on wireless waterproof headphones. These are metal, stick together with magnets, get 3.8/5 star ratings have a mic and volume control, have a “lifetime warranty against sweat damage” and feature: expand full story

expiredDon’t trust the i/Cloud yet? Have 3TB of Toshiba USB3 portable storage for $80 shipped

Amazon and Walmart today offers the Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Hard Drive in Black or Red (Model HDTC830XK3C1) for $79.99 shipped.

That’s an all time low and $15 less than last week at Amazon for this 4.5/5 star rated portable hard drive that connects and is powered via USB3. While most people will use this kind of thing for backups or sneaker-netting huge files around, there are some better uses for this type of device.

  • Throw all of your music on it and plug it into your car’s powered USB for listening to tons of  music on the go
  • Plug it into your Router’s USB port and make it a NAS for storing/sharing movies and Time Machine backups
  • Pop it into your XBOX USB port for tons of cheap storage.

Features:

December 13, 2016

That’s not a knife…This Coleman Folding Liner Lock Assisted Opening Tactical…is a knife for $10 Prime shipped

I see you’ve played knifey spoony before.

If you are looking for a great all purpose (except stabbing…no stabbing) knife, I can’t imagine a better one than the Folding Coleman that’s now on offer with 4.4/5 star reviews showing at Amazon for $9.99 Prime shipped.  It has a bunch of thing like a rope cutter built in. We usually see this from $12 to $15 – it features:

  • Size – 5″ Closed
  • Fine Edge Blade for Cutting – Stainless steel blade with black stone washed finish, sturdy, durable, anti-rust and corrosion resistance.
  • Textured Handle for Secure Grip – Stainless steel handle with textured G10 material for secured grip, helps prevent injury or blunting.
  • More Than A Knife – Designed with rope cutter and window glass breaker.
  • Easy Carry – Pocket clip added on the back of the knife, convenient to carry. Ideal survival knife for camping and hiking.

Makes a great stocking stuffer for the toddlers. 

expiredGet a great Samsonite laptop/tablet briefcase for the price of the crappy one that you own now: $24 Prime shipped

Hey Mr. Pro. Need a better place to put your new MacBook Pro and iPad Pro?  Samsonite has you with a super low drop in this high quality, 4.4/5 star-rated laptop case. The Samsonite Classic Three Gusset Lg Toploader Briefcase is $23.99 Prime shipped. That’s a whopping $116 off list but $15-$30 less that we’ve seen it before.

Why do I love this? Samsonite make really nice things.

  • Zippers that don’t break or get stuck or lose teeth.
  • Material that doesn’t rip or fray.
  • Tons of useful pockets inside.

It looks good to boot.

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