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Maximize Your Cyber Monday Savings at Amazon.com

If you are a frequent reader of the site, you may notice that I am a frequent user (and big booster) of Amazon.com. Since I use Amazon so much, I’ve figured out a few money saving tips over the years. Well, if you want to get picky, not all of these tips are “money saving” ideas, some of them just enable you to spend your money in a more “efficient manner.” Anywho, I’ve been saving these up for a while, and I figured Cyber Monday is as a good a time as any to post them, so here goes:

1. Get an Amazon.com Credit Card
Amazon VisaThe first of my Amazon money saving tips, is in fact, not technically a money saving tip, but in my opinion, a good idea if you are a frequent Amazon shopper. When you first apply and are approved for an Amazon.com Credit Card, you are entitled to a $50 Amazon gift card instantly. So, that in and of itself, saves you a bit of dosh on your next purchase. When you shop at amazon.com, it would also behoove you to use this card because you get 3 points for every $1 you spend at the site. The card is fee free, points don’t expire, and there is no limit to the number of points you can earn. All in all, it’s a worthwhile investment IMHO, even if just for the free $50 Gift Card.

2. Get Prime (for $16 year)
Amazon PrimeWith it’s free 2 Day shipping on all qualified purchases, unlimited video streaming for eligible titles, and free Kindle book lending, Amazon Prime is a tantalizing proposal at $79/year. Despite said advantages, I’ve always found the $79 a little bit of a pricey expenditure for one person, that’s why I’m going to tell you a way that you could theoretically get Prime for as little as $16/year. What’s not known to everyone is that as an Amazon Prime subscriber you can get share Prime with up to 4 additional members for no charge. Surely that’s a great benefit to Mom and Dad, Uncle Jessie, Aunt May and whoever else might be interested in receiving the bounties of Prime. Now a munificent individual might want to just to give these Prime benefits away as gifts, but if you’re interested in bringing your Prime cost of ownership to as little as possible, you could theoretically split the $80 membership fee five ways among your family members (or like-minded friends), thereby bringing down your yearly total to a cool $16 (rounded up for easy division). At a theoretical $16/year, Prime is unequivocally worth it.

3. Become an Amazon.com Associate
Amazon AssociatesThis one is a no-brainer, and unlike my other tips, it actually saves you money. If you sign up to become an amazon.com affiliate at amazon.com/associates, then if someone clicks your link (that one’s mine) and buys something at amazon, you get a minimum of a 4% commission on each purchase. Sounds like a pittance for sure, but there are more than a few deal sites making some serious cabbage off of these type of commissions.

4. Buy Stuff with Gift Cards and Save up to 10%
Amazon Gift Cards
OK, this one is probably the most complicated item on the list, but if you do it right you can usually save 10% on any purchase on amazon.com. First things first, you need to become an amazon associate (see Step 3 above). Second, you need to buy a gift card for your prospective purchase using your associates ID. But wait, there is a catch, YOU CANNOT BUY ANYTHING USING YOUR OWN ASSOCIATES ID AND RECEIVE A COMMISSION. So, while there is no way to directly enrich yourself using your associates ID, you could theoretically get around this prohibition by asking your spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, cousin, aunt, uncle or good friend to make a gift card purchase on your behalf (for which you could then theoretically reimburse them). You get a cool 6% commission for every gift card purchase, and at least 4% commission on most purchases using said gift card (that’s 10% baby). If you read this, and you still don’t understand what I’m saying, you can try reading this longer explanation over here.

5. Turn It Over or Trade It In on the Amazon Marketplace
Amazon Seller ServicesLet’s say you got a sweet deal on Season 1 of Homeland this week ($20.00 for the Blu-ray or DVD is not too shabby), how many times are you really going to watch that series? My guess is probably once. So, unless you’re the sentimental type, I suggest watching that Emmy award winning Showtime drama and then flipping it faster than you can say Abu Nazir. The newer a TV series, book, movie or CD is, the higher it’s value on the resale market usually is (though CD’s are tough to resell at the best of times unless they are collectible). By reselling your once viewed DVDs and the like on the amazon marketplace, you can reduce your cost of ownership to a fraction of your original purchase price (used and new copies of Homeland are currently selling in the marketplace for up to $18.99). If you’re not into peddling your wares online (though amazon makes it incredibly easy), you may bypass the marketplace altogether and opt for a predetermined amount in Amazon Gift Cards (Season 1 of Homeland will currently net you $12.50 in GCs).

6. Keep Track of the Deal Sites
Popular deal sites like SlickDeals, FatWallet, BensBargains and XPBargains keep track of the best deals on a multiplicity items, many of which are sold at Amazon.com. Some sites, like SlickDeals, even have entire forums just devoted to Amazon deals. The other thing is, Amazon tends to watch these sites too, so if you see an incredible deal at Wal-Mart or Best Buy, it’s a pretty good bet that Amazon will soon offer a similarly priced deal. In short, it’s a good idea to monitor these sites if you’re interested in scoring an incredibly good deal on something that you may or may not necessarily need.

7. Add It To Your Cart… and wait
Often times, you might want to buy something at amazon.com, but for one reason or other you just don’t have the intestinal fortitude to pull the trigger. In those cases, and in all cases, I recommend adding that item to your cart. The reason is, once something is added to your cart, amazon alerts you to the last known price for that item, each time you come back to the site. So, for instance, today when I checked my cart, I learned that the price of the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR Nikkor Wide-Angle Telephoto Lens has decreased from $659.00 to $639.00. Kaching! Well, I’m still not going to buy it, but it’s nice to know that I might have saved myself $20 if I was so inclined. If you don’t want to accidentally buy something on your way to check out (or the little numeral at top of your cart annoys you), you can save those almost impulse purchases “For Later” and you’ll still be alerted about price drops each time you view your cart in a new session.

8. Use a Website to Monitor Amazon Price Drops
If checking and re-checking your cart is a little tedious for you, you can also enlist the services of a third party site like Frozen Warrior to monitor price drops on your desired item(s). Sites like these are especially good for TV purchases, because Amazon currently has a TV Low Price Guarantee. According to the policy, if Amazon.com (or another qualifying website) beats the price you paid for your TV within 14 days of the ship date, they will refund you the difference. In other cases, where the item you buy isn’t a TV, Amazon may still match the price drop on your purchase (you’re more likely to have success if amazon.com has lowered the price themselves, and the price drop is closely contemporaneous with your purchase). The latter is not official policy, but a call or email to customer service can never hurt.

Did I miss anything?

2012 Black Friday Deals in Music, Movies and More

Black Friday Deals Week

Some good looking items in Amazon’s Black Friday week video games sale, I wasn’t so impressed with music, movies or TV though.

Amazon Black Friday Music Deals
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Music Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)

Amazon Black Friday Movie and TV Deals
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Movie and TV Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Video Game Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Lightning Deals

Best Music of 2012... So Far
Amazon.com Best Music of 2012… So Far (Not Black Friday)
Amazon.com Best Books of 2012: Top 100 (Not Black Friday)

Here are a bunch of other Black Friday sites that I like:
Bfads.net
Black Friday at FatWallet.com
Black Friday at SlickDeals.net
Black Friday at Gotta Deal
BlackFriday.fm
TGIBlackFriday
BlackFriday.info
TheBlackFriday.com
BlackFDay.com
2012 Black Friday Ads
Gizmodo’s Black Friday Feed

…and of course,

SlickDeals.net
Dealspl.us
BensBargains.net
XPBargains.com
FatWallet.com

iPad/iPhone Apps
I had hoped that last year would be the year of the Black Friday app, and it really wasn’t. This year, there are a few more apps to add to the list, but still no real stand outs IMHO. The new app from BFads.net is probably the most impressive new app out there, but it still seems to be not quite as easy to navigate as the full web site. Longstanding deals site, FatWallet, also has a Black Friday iPad App which you might want to test out. I haven’t tried this year’s version of the app, but I know was disappointed with the one they put out last year. Based on their iTunes store reviews, the TGIBlackFriday app and the Black Friday Shopping App both appear to be worth checking out. For those of rocking an Android device, you may want to check out the Black Friday App by Dealnews on the Google Play store. Last but not least, while not specifically designed for Black Friday, the free iSlick App and the Daily Shopper Apps are two of the most reliable deal apps out there right now.

Some Black Friday Deals For You, Me and My Kids

  

Amazon.com Movies & TV
The Wire Complete Series DVD $94.99
True Grit DVD $5.99
The Hangover DVD $3.99
The Fighter DVD $5.99
Jackie Brown Blu-Ray $4.99
Brides Maids DVD $5.99
Inception DVD $4.99
Inception Blu-ray $7.99
Despicable Me DVD $5.99
Lion King single disc DVD $12.99
Cars 2 single disc DVD $12.99
Rio single DVD $8.99
Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD $5.99

Amazon.com Software
Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 – 3 User $9.98

Amazon.com Music
Pink Floyd Discovery 16 CD Box Set $151.99
Feist – Metals $6.99 CD
Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch The Throne
The Strokes – Angles $5.99 CD
They Might Be Giants – Here Comes Science CD/DVD $6.99
They Might Be Giants – Here Comes The 123s CD/DVD $6.99
They Might Be Giants – Here Comes The ABCs CD/DVD $6.99

Best Buy Movies & TV
The League Season 2 on DVD $8.99
Office Space Blu-Ray $4.99
Pulp Fiction Blu-ray $4.99
Trainspotting Blu-ray $4.99
Jackie Brown Blu-ray $4.99
Inception Blu-ray $4.99
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules DVD $5.99
Mad Men: Seasons 1-4 Blu-ray and DVD $8.99

Best Buy Music
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire CD $7.99
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV CD $5.99
Nirvana – Nevermind [Remastered] CD $5.99

Groupon
Groupon $20 for $10 at Old Navy

LivingSocial
$20 for $10 at Office Max
$40 for $20 at Skechers.com

NOTE: Act fast, prices are subject to change.

Black Friday Week Deals 2011

Amazon Black Friday Deals

Some interesting items in Amazon’s Black Friday week music sale, no real whammies in movies and TV, IMHO.

Amazon.com Black Friday Week Music Deals (Nov 21-28)
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Movie and TV Deals (Nov 21-28)
Amazon.com Countdown To Black Friday Deals
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011 (Not Black Friday)
Amazon.com Best Albums of 2011… So Far (Not Black Friday)
Amazon.com’s Black Friday Ad (Scan)

Here are a bunch of other Black Friday sites that I like:
Bfads.net
Black Friday at FatWallet.com
Black Friday at SlickDeals.net
Black Friday at Gotta Deal
BlackFriday.fm
Black-Friday.net
TGIBlackFriday
BlackFriday.info
TheBlackFriday.com
iBlackFriday
BlackFDay.com
DealTaker Black Friday
2011 Black Friday Ads
Gizmodo’s Black Friday Feed

…and of course,

SlickDeals.net
Dealspl.us
BensBargains.net
XPBargains.com
FatWallet.com

iPad/iPhone Apps
I had hoped to list a few apps this year, but I was a little disappointed with what I found in the app store. The iSlick App is nice for iPad, but it’s really just a paired down version of the site. Fatwallet also has a Black Friday app for the iPhone but I was a little disappointed with it. Last but not least, though not specifically Black Friday related, the Daily Shopper App is one of my favorite iPad deal apps out there right now.

Knitting Factory on LivingSocial ($25 for 2 shows and 4 drinks!)

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Photo: Jessica Amaya (more)

Two tickets and four drinks for $25 at KF Brooklyn, seems like a pretty good deal to me. This LivingSocial.com flash sale expires tomorrow (July 23). Check out the upcoming shows at Knitting Factory over here. (FYI, Sam Roberts Band was just announced for Nov 16, 2011.)

What good is knitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play with today’s deal from the legendary Knitting Factory Brooklyn: two tickets to any show on the assembly line, as well as four drinks, for just $25 (a $52 value). Come taste the wine and hear the band — since 1987, this performance powerhouse has been an industry institution.

The Fine Print
Limit one voucher per two people per day • Show space is subject to availability – certain sold-out shows may not be available if the venue’s attendance has already hit capacity • Guest list spot may not be sold to a third party • Other conditions apply • Promotional value expires on January 25, 2012. [LivingSocial.com]

Mountain Jam Music Fest Groupon Today (Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe, My Morning Jacket and More)

Mountain Jam Music Fest (Jun 2-5, 2011)
Mountain Music Jam

Judging by the number of “Sold Out” links on their ticket purchasing page, it looks like sales have been pretty robust for the 2011 Mountain Jam Music Fest in Hunter Mountain, NY. Looks can be deceiving I guess, because today’s Groupon is aimed at putting a few more asses on the hill.

For $39, you get a single-day pass for Friday, June 3 (a $79–$99 value).
For $39, you get a single-day pass for Saturday, June 4 (a $79–$99 value).
For $44, you get a single-day pass for Sunday, June 5 (a $79– $99 value).
For $83, you get a three-day festival pass for Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 (a $157.50–$184.50 value).

This Groupon includes all taxes and facility charges associated with the passes.

Full 2011 Mountain Jam Music Fest lineup after the jump.

Continue reading Mountain Jam Music Fest Groupon Today (Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe, My Morning Jacket and More)

Free Delivery From FreshDirect

FreshDirect

Enter the code MDWKFD7 at checkout and receive FREE delivery on the next FreshDirect order you receive from Tuesday through Friday this week. FreshDirect DeliveryPass get a bonus week of DeliveryPass membership. This free delivery offer is only good for orders delivered through Friday, 02/25*

* Terms and Conditions for Promotion Code MDWKFD7: This offer for one waived delivery fee is good on your next residential web order when promotion code MDWKFD7 is entered at checkout. DeliveryPass members will receive an extra week of DeliveryPass in lieu of a free delivery. This offer is only valid for account associated with this email address, is limited to one use per customer/household and may not be combined with any other offer. All standard customer terms and conditions apply. FreshDirect reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time.

Offer expires at 11:59pm ET, February 24, 2011 and will be removed from orders that are modified after this time. Offer is nontransferable. Void where prohibited.

PS As always, your mileage may vary.

Spider-Man: Turn Up The Discounts

Spider-Man

Though it hasn’t officially “opened” yet, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark recently took a critical drubbing from most of the major theater critics including the New York Times’ own Ben Brantley:

…The sheer ineptitude of this show, inspired by the Spider-Man comic books, loses its shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from “How can $65 million look so cheap?” to “How long before I’m out of here?”

Directed by Julie Taymor, who wrote the show’s book with Glen Berger, and featuring songs by U2’s Bono and the Edge, “Spider-Man” is not only the most expensive musical ever to hit Broadway; it may also rank among the worst. [NYTimes.com]

Though the show may prove to be critic proof in the long run, in the short run the producers have rolled out the promo code NEO927 from some exclusive savings from March 1–April 1, 2011. Discounts are available for center Orchestra seats row U through ZZ, side Orchestra seats row F through ZZ and Flying Circle seats row E through H on performances Tuesday through Friday including matinées.

PS According to another recent article in the NYTimes, Spider-Man’s producers have their eye on “script doctor” with comic book credentials.

Winter 2011 Tourneau Sample Sale

Tourneau Sample Sale

It’s that “time” again, the Winter 2011 Tourneau Sample Sale will take place from Feb 12-17, 2011 at the Soiffer Haskin showroom on West 33rd St. Check out the details below:

Famous Brand Name Watches
* (New and Pre-Owned)

Also a Selection of
Fine Jewelry & Watch Accessories

50% to 70% Off Retail Prices

SATURDAY, Feb. 12th through THURSDAY, Feb. 17th
9:00am to 6:30pm Daily

Location: Soiffer Haskin 317 West 33rd Street, NYC
(Just West of Penn Station – Between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Credit Cards Only (American Express, Visa, MasterCard)

All Sales Final
*Excludes Rolex and Patek Philippe

For more information call (718)747-1656 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm