The holiday season is in full swing, with just 12 days left before the gift-giving is a memory and we all look ahead to ushering in 2012. Of course, for many of us, gift-giving goes hand-in-hand with bargain hunting, especially when it comes to Apple products, which rarely get discounted in the first place. Here are some tips for saving a few bucks this holiday season.
You’ve snapped out of your turkey coma, the leftovers are gone and the receipts piled up from your Black Friday shopping hangover are starting to gather dust. Now what? Why, Cyber Monday, of course: The unofficial shopping “sequel” to Black Friday that makes an otherwise dull post-Thanksgiving Monday potentially worth sitting in front of the computer refreshing the home pages of your favorite websites.
It's Black Friday, and you might be sleeping off your pre-dawn shopping binge and missed the news; but it's also the day after Thanksgiving, so you might have been too busy stuffing cranberry sauce into your chops to keep up; and, last but not least, it's two days after you sat for hours in bumper to bumper holiday traffic, where you couldn't see these hot news stories. Luckily for you, we have a sweet leftover plate of the week's hottest newsflashes and we know you're going to gorge yourself on these awesome Apple stories.
Can it really be that time again? It seems that every year, Black Friday arrives earlier thanks to eager retailers sprinkling deals throughout the week, then into the following week kicked off by “Cyber Monday.” If the thought of standing shoulder to shoulder with the (potentially unwashed) masses gives you the hives, stay in and grab some post-Thanksgiving deals with our 2011 Black Friday Deals Guide.
Conventional wisdom tells us that death and taxes are unavoidable, but if you own any type of computer, home theatre equipment or gadgets of any kind, there’s another that should be added to that list: Cables! We all need them and nobody likes paying extra for them, so let’s take a look at shopping for the best deal and how to avoid paying too much for brand names.
Back to school season is upon us, and while returning to class can be painful after and long and leisurely summer break, it does give us the opportunity to shop for new toys. Whether you're a fresh frosh or a senior almost ready for graduation, it's always fun to take advantage of the back to school deals that pop up every fall.
We all know Apple themselves are offering $100 worth of apps to any student who purchases a Mac, but there's so much more out there. So, we've scoured to web for some Mac deals on products every college student needs.
Online auction giant eBay has embraced iOS with a variety of apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, leaving the Mac a browser-only experience -- until now. On Tuesday, the company introduced a free Mac App Store entry in an effort to make the shopping experience as browser-free as possible.
There's an old saw that says you should never hold a garage sale on Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend. There's a new one that says watch out for your kidneys if you buy anything on Craigslist. That last one's really just an urban legend, but Craigslist has made our garage sale shopping and selling less dependent on calendars, except there's no mobile version of their site and we find the design makes our head hurt. If only there were an app that could make Craigslist a joy, we'd buy that for a dollar.
Okay, maybe buying a $40,000 guitar was a bad idea. But it was so shiny, and BB King picked it up once, and...well, it was a bad idea. Try this next time: Create a calendar in iCal. When you see something you want to drop your credit card number on, add it to the calendar and set an alert for 30 days in the future. If, in 30 days, you still can’t live without that gold-plated Han Solo action figure, it’s probably destiny.
Sure, you could get an iPhone app like Grocery Gadget ($3.99) that lets you share a unified grocery list with your family members, and that could help you remember to schlep to the store for toilet paper, diapers, Doritos, or other can’t-live-without-it household staples. Or you could use Amazon.com’s brilliant Subscribe feature to keep yourself from running out in the first place -- and save money while you’re at it.