It's offical. Traditional retail is all out of ideas. We've moved from Black Friday, to Cyber Monday, through Click Frenzy, the Christmas sales and now, on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day sales are launching early. I've now reached peak confusion as to what the real price of any given item is. But, that said, it's probably worth looking for some of the deals around to see what we can find. After all, we may as well see what we can get with the gift cards we've received or with the refunds from unwanted presents.
Ebay's Boxing Day tech sales covers pretty much every product category from networking through to speakers, home theatre, cameras and smartphones. You'll need to use the discount code "PLUGIT20" to get 20% off the quoted prices - pretty standard fare for an Ebay sale. Most of these deals end on Thursday, 28 December.
On the networking front, the Netgear Orbi RBK50 AC3000 Whole Home Mesh Tri-Band WiFi System is a decent deal at a touch under $400. This a good piece of kit that works really well.
Netgear has long been a significant player in the networking business. The Orbi is their play in the competitive world of mesh networking, that uses multiple wireless devices that interoperate to cover a large area with a single WLAN.Netgear sent me me three different Orbi systems to try out. I've reviewed their premium system, the AC3000 system, which is designed to cover up to 350 square metres of area.
Dell's G5 15 5587 Gaming Laptop i5-8300H, equipped with a Quad Core processor, 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 128GB SSD is a solid deal at $1280.
And if the internal storage there isn't enough, you can bolster it with a Samsung 860 EVO SSD. Prices start at $200 for a 1TB unit with larger 2TB and 4TB options as well.
However, with Amazon it always pays to shop around as I've found some of their specials, particularly on gaming gear are matched or beaten by local specialty retailers.
They also have a number of Motorola smartphones on sale with abut 10% knocked off the usual price.
Local online retailer Catch also has a huge variety of different items in their prematurely executed Boxing Day sale.
The Ghostbusters Monopoly Game at under $20 looks like a great deal.
If you're looking for some new headphones, the BlueAnt Pump Boost Sportbuds are a decent deal at $17.99, down from a recommended price of $49 although Catch usually feature them for $20.
It's worth keeping an eye on your favourite shopping sites. I've noticed that The Iconic is already in sales mode as are numerous others. So, it seems that the idea of a sale being a special event is fading away. Maybe if retailers focussed on things like better inshore service, and faster and cheaper deliveries they wouldn't have to resort to the same tired old strategy of having a sale.
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