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Black Friday, Part 2 – Tech Bargains

My favorite store for tech gear is probably Micro Center. I just may have to face the traffic, as their in-store deals are ‘while supplies last’. But their online deals are nothing to sneeze at either. You can view them here. (And see their store locations.)

TigerDirect has some great discounts going – such as a 1.5TB Seagate hard drive for $60. Their Black Friday sale is called a “Pink Friday Sale” as they will be donating a minimum of $100,000 to a breast cancer charity. Also, TigerDirects Pink Friday sale lasts for 72 hours. Check out their Black Friday discounts here.

Newegg has discounts for electronics, internal components and peripherals. They also have free shipping for most of the items. Newegg’s Black Friday deals page is here. It’s quite a list, so be sure scroll down the full length of the page…’s Black Friday Deals has some nice bargains, too.

November 26, 2010 - Posted by | shopping for, tech


  1. TechPaul,

    Thanks for the Micro Center link.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | November 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I went earlier this week (my MC store is a fair drive away) and found some deals that were too good to pass up.

      So I didn’t.

      Odds are even-steven I will need those items someday…


      Comment by techpaul | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. Paul,

    Micro Center is my #1 computer store. They have it all, and most items are reasonably priced.

    I’m fortunate that my store is less than 3 miles from home… a quick and easy trip.

    My only negative comment is that their cables are grossly overpriced, but it’s not really an issue for me. I just buy them elsewhere.

    Otherwise you can’t beat the selection of anything for computers. You can even buy everything you need for a custom build. I have a daughter that built a darn fine gamers computer, and all was purchased there at competitive pricing.

    Thanks for the reco… I know your readers will keep going back once they’ve given Micro Center a try.


    Comment by KsTinMan | November 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I forgot to mention that if you select your local store, they have an “18 minute pickup” on in stock items. They don’t actually charge you until you arrive at the store, and they hold it for 3 days. There is a separate register at the Customer Service counter just for pre-ordered items.

      I have arrived to pick up an item when the registers were packed and the line at the Customer Service counter looked like the entrance to a ride at an amusement park. There stood one lonely looking associate at the pickup register, who got my item and sent me on my way in 5 minutes.

      Can’t beat it!


      Comment by KsTinMan | November 27, 2010 | Reply

      • KsTinMan,
        I heartily agree with all you’ve said here.

        I do want to add that Micro Center is not the only retailer who has too-high cable prices.. it seems to be a rather common thing.
        Razors and razor blades.. I guess.
        (A reference to the business model of giving away the razor, and making your profit via the refill blades. Think “printers”.)


        Comment by techpaul | November 27, 2010 | Reply

        • Yup, you’re right about the cable deal. Best Buy for instance gives their associates a bonus for pushing Monster Cable brand cables. My son worked there and hated having to try to pressure customers into buying them as a “better alternative”, when he was fully aware that they were not necessarily any better than standard cables.

          Printer ink… what a racket! My HP cartridge pair costs nearly $70 and I won’t use refills or manufacturer compatibles. Had too much bad luck with ’em. I have heard that Kodak offers much cheaper ink for their printers, although I have no experience with them. When I replace my HP I’ll probably give it a try. I want to get an all-in-one model anyway to clear some space on the ‘puter desk.

          I rarely shave anymore simply due to the high price of blades… they sure last a lot longer now!



          Comment by KsTinMan | November 27, 2010 | Reply

          • KsTinMan,
            Your story jibes with my “best practices” when it comes to ink.

            When possible (particularly if you have an Epson) there is one.. um, ‘trick’ that I can recommend: a ink cartridge chip resetter.
            One has to be observant, and immediately stop the print job when the cartridge really does run dry.. but just zapping the onboard “level sensor” will give me a couple dozen (or more) more prints out of “empty” cartridges.

            I cannot tell you from first hand experience if that is true for Kodak printer. My source for looking it up would be PC World reviews.


            Comment by techpaul | November 27, 2010 | Reply

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