No surprise here; Ebates, an online Cash Back Shopping website, today announced findings from its Mother’s Day survey that found what men want to give the mom in their life may not necessarily be what women really want.
The national survey conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,215 adults discovered that the number one present American men think moms want for Mother’s Day is flowers - but the number one gift moms actually want is a spa day. Gadgets came up #4 on the list, but in our house, they'd be #1.
So-called "deal experts" at Ebates and FatWallet come up with 5 Top Tech Gift Ideas.
1. Laptops, tablets or smartphones open up a new digital world for mom to enjoy—she can communicate with family and friends, leverage apps to organize and track of her busy schedule, or just relax by reading e-books or magazines on the fly.
2. Scanners, VHS to DVD software, digital cameras, photo processing software will get mom up to date by translating old family videos, her wedding video or even a favorite movie from videotape to DVD format. A scanner or digital camera can digitize prized images for safer storage online and photo processing software can edit/retouch favorite photos.
3. Wireless network/wifi and wireless enabled devices like Bluetooth accessories and e-readers will improve mom’s mobility to do a host of activities (like streaming video or access online movies) while on the go.
4. Tech tutorials can teach mom how to use tools such as screen sharing, video conferencing and all the many apps available for her tablet, laptop or smartphone.
5. Gift cards: Technology related services like iTunes, the Apps marketplace, Netflix, or Hulu make gifts to keep on giving to mom all year round.
Also worth mentioning is that from April 23 to May 13th, Mother’s Day shoppers can get up to 24% cash-back from select retailers at Ebates. Cash-back means Ebates automatically sends you a check in the mail every time you shop at stores such as: eBags, Jewelry.com, Philosophy, The Body Shop, Harry & David, Sephora, and more.
It's almost like they pay you to shop. Ok, it sounded like a good excuse to us.
This is your iPad. This is your iPad two weeks before the new iPad3 launch.
NextWorth, the company that gives you cash for your "old" electronics, came up with this graph, using stats from ebay. As you can see, 2-3 weeks before the launch of a new product, the last generation declines in value. Expect to see this pattern before the new iPad3 comes out (rumored to be March 7.)
To help consumers trade-in early to maximize value, NextWorth locks in values for 21 days. Values quoted today hold true, as long as the device is dropped at UPS by the 21st day (free shipping label provided).
They inspect it and then pay you for it, so you can put it towards the next model. If you're gadget-fiends like us, you'll end up doing this a LOT.
Popgadget is once again teaming up with American Express to give our readers a chance to win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be exploring all the vast options available through the Membership Rewards Program and choosing my top 5 picks in three points categories: 25,000 points, 50,000 points, and 75,000 points.
As a new mother and a gadget fanatic, I expect that most of my favorite finds will be focused in baby gear and electronics. Right now I'm looking for the perfect high chair as well as anything that will educate and entertain (preferably at the same time) my one-year old son. I'm also going through a bit of a gadget accessories obsession at the moment, so I'm looking for the perfect cases for my iPad 2 and MacBook Air. I also need to find a few gifts so I'm hoping to find something besides just gift cards (although they are the perfect last-minute gift for anyone).
As I post my own favorite finds, I'd love to know what your top five favorite finds in each price point category are as well. At the end of the program (after I've posted my top five picks in each point category), we'll pick a winner for the $100 Amex gift card.
Here's a disclosure that's going to make you drop off your chair - Eforcity (via Amazon) is offering 6-foot HDMI cables at just $3.19, including shipping! We aren't kidding - just helping to spread the word that Rick Broida over at CNET's Cheapskate blog has uncovered.
For those who take interest in this extremely useful length of wire that carries non-processed digital data between the TV and set-top boxes, blu-ray players, PCs and gaming consoles, this piece of news comes as a huge money saver considering that even a 1-metre length of basic HDMI cable costs as much as $40. Also, it is pretty sensational to discover that of the $3.19 that Amazon quotes on the product, the cable itself costs just 21 cents with the rest being the cost of shipping. And no, you don't need to get skeptical on the performance as the product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 and performs just as well as the highly overpriced HDMI cables in the market.
Isn't that an absolute steal or what?
Via CNET News.
We have heard enough about the recession and how more spending will actually help make things better, so here comes an opportunity to put some of that into practice.
Sony has a couple of interesting deals targeted at mothers, and presumably in pink. The first one is the pink Cyber-shot S980BDL. This 12.1MP camera comes with a sharp 2.7-inch display, 4X-optical zoom, face-detection, and digital image stabilization among other features. The offer entitles you, in addition, to a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a matching floral black and pink case to protect from bumps and scratches. Which is a pretty good deal at $149.99. The second offer is that you will get $150 off on any purchase of Sony Vaio CS that is bundled along with a Dooney & Burke Tote Bag. Which essentially means that you get the tote bag free with your purchase (the bag itself costs $149.99).
We say, if you haven't yet begun, there not a better time than to start splurging for Mother's Day.
Via Chip Chick.
They say that Apple will start selling a no-contract iPhone on Thursday (March 26). Of course there's a tradeoff for that lack of commitment - a pretty big tradeoff. $599 (for 8GB) or $699 (for 16GB).
Sigh. Here's Engadget's take on this event. And here's Geek.com's puzzlement over what AT&T is up to here. The confusion stems from the fact that you must already be an AT&T customer to get this deal.
Peek, the email-only device popular with people who don't want fancy schmancy smart phones, normally retails at close to $100, but until April 3rd, you get five devices for a little more than that, as Peeks are now on special offer for $30 - as long as five of you sign up at once.
The devices cost $20 a month to run on top of that initial cos,t but are still a really wallet-friendly way to access email on the move.
Check out the website for more information.
Via Boing Boing Gadgets.
In a bow to the new frugality, the eco-friendly clothes hub White Apricot is offering dramatic cut prices on 10 fashions from last spring. All White Apricot items are said to be made of synthetics (non-toxic) or organic or recycled materials.
Shown, a sexy pink dress (of bamboo, tencel, and spandex) reduced 50%, from $230 to $115. White Apricot suggests you wear it to work. I guess it's a question of what kind of work you do. In some offices, that cleavage might cost you your job. In others, of course, letting it all hang out might help you stay fully employed.
I'm a little confused about shopping in this deeply unsettling economy. Do I shop a lot to help out the suffering merchants? Or do I cut back on shopping to help out the suffering me?
Given the state of my checkbook, that's an entirely theoretical question. But I'm still a sucker for any article that promises to show me how to save money--like Rick Broida's "How to Save $7500 on Your Technology Purchases," appearing in the March issue of PCWorld.
Logic tells me that I could save a lot more than $7500 if I made no technology purchases at all, but I read on anyway. "5 Great Technology Bargains" includes a 42-inch LCD TV for just under $1K. Quite a bargain if you need a TV. I don't, too bad. "Get Your Cell Phone Charges Under Control" is an informative roundup of tips and tricks including cheap international calling rates and free text messaging. Maybe it really is time for me to get serious about VOIP.
The roundup also includes "8 Web Sites That Will Save You Cash," "4 Ways to Save Money on Software" (including Quicken alternatives), "4 Green Technology Tips That Will Save You Money," and some other approaches to technology frugality. Not everything here will be news to you--or helpful. But, among the 31 tips, probably some you'll find pounce-worthy.