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Published by Derek Moore on 20 May 2008


One of the best deals around is Woot!  Especially when they have a woot-off.  One of the most elusive things to get is the Bag of Crap.  If you don’t know what this is, let me explain.

When Woot! is having its woot-off, one item will suddenly appear called “Random Crap” with a price of $1 + $5 shipping.  You can order up to a maximum of 3 bags, which you should absolutely do, because the shipping cost is $5 whether you order 1 or 3.  Woot! makes no promises as to what you get … you simply get what they throw in the box.

But you can get some weird stuff.  Case in point…

I found this on my doorstep this morning.  This is from the woot-off two weeks ago, in which I managed to get a Bag of Crap, after trying 3 times over the past six months.  The contents of the box are these:

  • 1 iRobot Roomba Discovery (with what looks like all its parts), worth ~$150.
  • 12 boxes of 18 pods of Dark Sienna coffee (216 pots of coffee, wow!), worth ~$60-70
  • 1 Woot! bucket, worth ???
  • 1 Die-cast metal toy, worth ~$10.

Not a bad deal for $8.

Published by Derek Moore on 03 Apr 2007

Deals of the Week - April 3, 2007

A day late and a dollar short…


  • Acer 19″ Widescreen LCD monitor - $150 (200 - 50 MIR).  Nice price for a 19″ widescreen with a low 5ms response time and a DVI input.  Only downside? Acer can be a bit of a cheap brand.  Take a look before you buy.
  • Logitech EX110 wireless keyboard/mouse - $20 (30 - 10 MIR).  A perfectly good keyboard for mom or dad.  But watch out.  I got one of these for my mom a couple weeks ago, and it didn’t have a wrist rest, despite the clearly cut-and-pasted one in the ad.

That’s it.  The ads are really paltry this time of year.  Try NewEgg if you want some actual deals.

Published by Derek Moore on 25 Mar 2007

Deals of the Week - March 25, 2007

Not that many deals worth even talking about this week.  Just these…

Circuit City

  • Kingston 512MB PC3200 - $30 (59-29 MIR) .. RAM is really falling in price lately.  Time to grab some.
  • Kingston 1GB flash drive - $15 (no MIR).  Flash drives are really handy.


Published by Derek Moore on 19 Mar 2007

Deals of the Week - March 18, 2007

I haven’t done these deals of the week in a long time, so I thought I’d do another.


CompUSSR’s closings so many stores across the nation (mainly in the West), that many people will be able to reap the benefits of the firesale they’re having. Here’s a complete list of stores that are closing. And they’re celebrating their 23rd anniversary this week. What a way to celebrate. “OK employees, corporate sent all of you two gifts for our anniversary, a clock/radio, and a pink slip.”

Anyway, some deals…

  • Logitech MX3200 wireless keyboard/mouse - $49.99 - $70-20
  • Western Digital 250GB PATA or SATA hard drive -$69.99 - $90-20
  • Envision 19″ Widescreen LCD - $149.99 - $200-50
  • Generic ATX case - $19.99
  • Antec case w/ 380W power supply - $39.99 - $80-40 (hefty rebate)
  • Seagate 160GB SATA hard drive - $39.99 - $80-40 (another hefty rebate for just a HDD)
  • Antec EarthWatts 500W power supply - $39.99 - $80-40

Published by Derek Moore on 09 Jul 2006

Deals of the Week - July 9

Best Buy:

  • Memorex 512MB Flash drive - $20.  No rebates.  Nice.

Circuit City:

  • Sandisk 512MB Flash drive - $14 ($34 - $14 Mfr. MIR - $6 CC MIR).  Good price, but 2 rebates.  Meh…
  • Seagate 160GB IDE hard drive - $40 ($110 - $30 Mfr. MIR - $40 CC MIR).  Kinda steep on the rebates, but 25¢ per GB is an awesome price.  Plus Seagate makes the best hard drives, bar none.
  • Seinfeld Season 1-6 DVD’s - $22 each season.  Serenity Now!

Office Depot:

  • Sharp scientific calculator - Free ($7 - $7 MIR).  Gotta love freebies.

Published by Derek Moore on 02 Jul 2006

Deals of the Week - July 2

Lots of July 4th deals this week:


  • 300GB Seagate hard drive $120 ($150 - $30 MIR). 40¢ per GB with a small rebate. Not bad if you need a big drive.
  • 160GB Seagate SATA hard drive $60 ($100 - $40 MIR). 37.5¢ per GB is better, but has a bigger rebate, and is SATA only.
  • 350VA APC UPS $20 ($35 - $15 MIR). Excellent little battery backup to give you time to shutdown safely in case of power outage (1-2 mins of power, tops). I have several of these.
  • Antec Super Lanboy Case $50 ($80 - $30 MIR). Antec cases have excellent workmanship. When you can find a deal on one, I say grab it.

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