I’ll be interested to hear how this year’s sales went. We went to Target yesterday, 24 hours after they opened on Thanksgiving, and there were TVs all over the place, unsold. It looked like the store had been reverse-looted.
@f00l thank you… I was teasing… I have a beautiful Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker that does about the same functions as an Instapot. I am not sure how my husband gets away with giving me kitchen items for birthdays/Christmas, but they are typically cool.
I bought it “running” on 2-1/2 cylinders. Apparently it never got a tuneup in over 160k miles. Taking care of the other “deferred maintence” issues, and I had a dependable truck for under $1k.
I rolled 275k miles a couple weeks ago. Yeah, it has needed other repairs along the way, but it’s been cheap.
@f00l $100. No catshirts. It did need a cat(alytic converter), though. Along with the rest of the exhaust (rusted out muffler), an EGR valve, tires, battery, valve cover gasket … and a much much much needed tune-up.
@PlacidPenguin Yeah, it’s stick. Manual door locks and manual windows too.
@narfcake “Dajiban” - hadn’t heard of them. What a riot! Kinda like the big ol rear wheel drive GM wagon craze in a way.
Agreed, the GM full size vans sucked. Our family business went thru 2-3 Chevies in the time we kept Ford E150/250’s. But that twin I-beam front suspension ate tires if it wasn’t set up correctly and with the proper tires.
@f00l back in the '80’s when Camry’s were harder to get but Toyota mini pickups were in surplus in the Midwest, Toyota used to force dealers to take X number of mini pickups if they wanted Y number of Camry’s.
My brother used to make more a few bucks buying those excess mini pickups in Chicago, driving them for 6 months and then selling them in SoCal. He did have to consider emissions. The dealers were practically giving them away in the Midwest but they sold fine in SoCal.
@narfcake I had a nicely equipped Black Ranger many years ago. Bought it new. I put much nicer aftermarket wheels and tires on it and it looked sharp. But that 4.0 L engine was a gas hog - like not much different than an F150. It readily spun the tires (not saying much for an unloaded PU bed).
It was the vehicle that taught me to ask my insurance agent about rates prior to shopping. I was safely past the 26 year old insurance cliff. But the rates for the Ranger were 50-75% higher vs. a full size F150! Typical young driver vs. older avg age driver for the F150 killed its rate.
@huja If you’re flexible, the Microsoft store has a nice deal on a Dell 13 inch i5 convertible laptop but I don’t think it is from the XPS line. They also have several other deals. Advantage of MS - their “Signature Editions” have zero 3rd party crapware. (Didn’t claim they eliminated the MS crapware!)
@compunaut Home Depot has a similar one for $20. But it appeared to have lots more plastic on it than your pictured example so I skipped it. Yours appears to have metal in all the key places - important for safety and durability!
i bought a few semi-planned video games, micro SD card, unplanned Amazon tablet which is my favorite after a quick side load of google play services. big purchases were a nest thermostat and a kitchenaid stand mixer, both great deals.
@conandlibrarian nah, I bought the sale Falkens at discount tire. I’ve had two of them on the back since July and after driving through South Carolina a lot they are still round so I got 2 more. I’m pretty deaf so road noise doesn’t bother me.
Thanks, @huja. I was able to check out just before 6pm; I had to pad the cart with a gift card, which prorated the discount, but essentially $10 off $50 still isn’t bad. Some electrical suppies, some shirts, and a purple keyboard for my laptop. Because purple.
@connorbush Thanks. I use the Jawbone Up24 as a vibration alarm for this stupid thing I wake up for every day at midnight. That one won’t work. I did pick up a Misfit Speedo Shine cheap- Shines are really nice trackers ($30 today) and the Speedo one counts laps in the pool somehow from the change in direction at the turns.
My fab wild scramble to watch last year come at like 3am Black Friday I think.
Samsung, on its US website, threw out a bunch of really nice 4K tv discounts.
Only they did a classic Slickdeals pricing error. the TV - a monster with every single enhancement they had - listed for around $2k and sold for around $1700 I think. They prob intended to drop it to $1400-$1500. Only someone goofed and it showed at like $500.
Somebody found it, bought a few, and then posted to slickdeals. The site went nuts as it does. They were OOS in a very few minutes, or else someone at Samsung noticed and killed the inventory to stop the bleeding until they could do a price correction.
Afaik Samsung honored the sales instead of canceling them. Afaik, none of these tv’s has exploded.
Four pairs of jeans ($10 Wranglers) from Walmart, a couple jigsaw puzzles @ Amazon, a Sphero Ollie for my nephew, and a really really big Cannon safe from Tractor Supply Co. Oh, and now another Martian Notifier.
Oh, and I didn’t step foot inside a single brick and mortar since Wednesday night. Online orders one and all. All with free shipping (except for my pals at Meh who soak me for half a sawbuck a month for VMP shipping )
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" at Target. Online $199 minus 15% for Cyber Monday, which makes it better than what Sam’s Club was selling it for (which sold-out). You also get a $20 gift card with your purchase. I just hope it doesn’t explode or cause a fire;-)
@heartny I have the 8" version which I think is similar spec-wise. (Already had a 10" iPad - wanted something a bit more compact but not phablet sized.) It works fine even tho I continue to prefer iOS after living with both OS’s in phone and tablet form. I think the 7" version has neutered specs.
Picked up a second one (8") this weekend at regional local, Meijer, for the same $129 it is everywhere ($119 @Costco/SAMs for a time)… plus a $30 store credit making it $100.
Don’t know if the 10" has the flush retractable buttons on the back like the 8" but that proprietary fastening method made the OEM hard cover/flexible stand well worth it… once I found one discounted from $50 to $20. Unlike the iPad magnet-fastened smart covers it stays connected solidly.
@mikibell Aside from all the Target discounts, I used my Groupon $20 gift card that I bought for $10. I tried to place my order through eBates, but Target said all the stores in my area were sold-out. The first store I went to was actually sold-out, but they checked and found another one that had 11 in stock. So I high-tailed to the other location. Seems that it was not on sale in the store and they allegedly are not allowed to do a target.com price match for Black Friday. So, I stood there and placed a ship-to store order as I stared at the box that would soon be mine. Took almost 2 hours for the order to be processed, which necessitated me buying more stuff while I waited.
@heartny So, aside from all the aforementioned discounts, I got an email today from Target apologizing for misleading me into thinking I bought the Galaxy Tab A with the S-Pen, so they are sending me a $50 gift card. Nice. I never expected the S-Pen, or the $50.
Not much but I do have a list of things I want meh to sell
Hey can @snapster or one of the buyers get on this list
A cheap waterproof camera for my bil aka a go amateur.
Led or other green lightbulbs
A yeti cooler for my dad
More contigo west elm coffee mugs the normal 16oz size . Ideally a 2 pack that includes the pretty jade green and cranberry red
A potato gun or other stupid cheap silly family Christmas morning toy
Finally gave in and purchased a pair of headphones I have had my eyes on for a long time now. Not at the level I joke I will buy when I win the lotto, but in the same product family. Now just have to pick out the amp to drive them!