We saw a bunch of great deals over the weekend of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.
AND...we saw a bunch of "not deals" that gave us a few good laughs at the retailers advertising them and the people who thought they were amazing bargains.
Here we'll share a few with you.
Wow, awesome deals! Wait, those are the full list prices new Kindle readers and Fire tablet have been selling at since they were announced this fall. No discount, no deal.
Look, we think the $79 Kindle and the Fire are excellent values for what they are, but it's just ridiculous that these were headlining Amazon's Cyber Monday announcement as if they were the biggest deals Amazon was offering.
What's worse is when big tech sites like TechCrunch just regurgitate the press release, posting a headline and intro paragraph about Amazon and Cyber Monday deals…and then immediately rattle off Kindle full prices as if they're the key "deals" Amazon is offering.
Also funny...in Amazon's announcement there was no mention of the Kindle DX that actually was discounted before this weekend, $120 off from $379 to $259. Now that's a deal.
Every gamer wants cheaper Xbox LIVE subscriptions, so saving $20 sounds great.
But it's not so hot when Best Buy's price for 12 months Xbox LIVE was full list $59.99 and the three games that you can buy to get the discount are also at full price.
You can pretty much always get 12 months Xbox LIVE for $48 at Amazon, and these games were marked down over the weekend too. MW3 was as low as $51.99 and Battlefield 3 was $39.99 at Amazon for a few days if you missed the Thursday and Black Friday special of $29.99 from Best Buy.
Saw this gem in Amazon's Cyber Monday week store page.
In the right sidebar, there was this ad for the laptop "Only $599.99."
Clicked through and it was $679.99. Still $679.99 on Thursday.
Lenovo used a powerful trio of advertising phrases to sell you on buying the IdeaPad U260 08763BU laptop for $649.
Black Friday, Employee Pricing, even a coupon code with the word DOORBUSTER in it.
And then Microsoft Store had it for 50 bucks cheaper. LOL
Techcrunch said Apple Store "seemed to have the weakest discounts of almost any gadget retailer" for Black Friday, and we agree.
Apple's traditional $101 off all their Mac computers on Black Friday made many people snap up the cheapest 11.6-inch MacBook Air for $898 (list price $999).
On Thursday we saw Amazon and Best Buy had it for $849.99, and Best Buy held that price for part of Friday, too.
Fittingly, our friend Abe Rickshar shared a very thoughtful Youtube clip to convey his feeling about the deal :p
Newegg's Cyber Monday sale included the Logitech K750 Solar-powered keyboard for $55, and it was rated a "decent deal" in Gizmodo's roundup.
But Logitech had a "dented box" special (product guaranteed brand new with full warranty, just possible cosmetic blemish to the packaging) for $39.99.