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Tech-savvy people: Please help me purchase a new laptop!

My Macbook died on me a little while back, and I need a new laptop ASAP. I was thinking about a new Macbook Air, but I want to wait until the Intel Broadwell chips come out since the last Macbook Air update was pretty minimal. So, I've been looking at Windows machines, but am bad at scouting out deals. Please help me find a quality deal for a PC laptop that isn't under-powered but also won't break the bank. Specifics of desired laptop inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jul 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Cheapest & Best Photo Books

We want to print our wedding photos in a book for family. What website has cheap (and very good) wedding books? Any recommendations are appreciated.
posted by quiverandquill on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Last minute vacation ideas: departing from Houston edition...

Has anyone done the whole book a vacation the night before? If so, how? Is it worth it? Any special snowflakes with leaving from Houston? Where do I look? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Just signed up for Costco - find me their best deals!

I recently purchased a Costco executive membership, and am pretty thrilled with how much I'm already saving. But I only want to nab the good deals, and it's hard to individually compare each item's price to the other supermarkets I shop at. So, I'd like to hear what you consider to be Costco's consistently top bargains; also, are there any sites that list Costco's prices for the month relative to other stores' prices? (and maybe even show the items with the biggest savings?) [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jun 13, 2014 - 74 answers

Can I take advantage of $40 Windows 8 if I don't have an older Windows?

I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 19, 2013 - 5 answers

is my old boss giving me a bad deal?

I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Pink Slip in Limbo? Another craigslist deal gone bad...what should I do?

So I was interested in this old Mercedes posted on craigslist and called the guy. He said it had just been crashed into in his driveway by his cousin and his insurance was "totaling" it; however it was really just cosmetic damage and there was a buyback option. The car would have "salvaged" on the title, but since he was getting paid by the insurance company, he would just let me have the car for whatever the buyback cost was. Called a few days later and he said that cost was $1000 less than the price he had originally advertised the car at, so I figured I might as well go look at it. Read on for the whole story... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal?

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii?

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Sep 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Anyone recorded an album with venture capital? Please tell me all!

I'm in a band, and we're being courted by a fairly senior guy in the music industry. He's suggesting that rather than signing ourselves away to a major, we fund the first 18 months (so album recording, tour, publicity etc) we get funding from venture capitalists. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any links for further reading on this? The music industry can be an unforgiving environment, and I want to know as much as possible independently to our potential manager...
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Why do deals die at the end of July?

Why is July 31 such a common expiration date? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Aug 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I dump my Element for a Mini Cooper?

I've got a 2003 Honda Element, which I love and have recommended to others. But I miss good gas mileage and the fun of driving a sporty car. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Tips and tricks for joining a gym without getting swindled, please!

How do you get a good deal on a gym membership? Is now a good time or a bad time to join a gym? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Jan 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Where to find the best holiday deals on a new laptop?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. While I'd be happy to hear suggestions on what to get, what I'm really interested in is making sure I can take advantage of holiday sales to get a great deal. So where should I be looking? What websites should I keep an eye on? (Specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Valuetimes Day

My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and I'm stumped about gift ideas. I'm also broke. Luckily, he's obsessed with getting as much bang for his buck as possible. [more inside]
posted by timory on Nov 2, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I find a cheap Copic Marker vendor?

I am looking for cheap Copic Ciao/Sketch markers. They are very expensive (the cheapest I have found is $80 USD for a pack of 36, but the sale is no longer on). I was wondering if anyone knows of a good vendor who sells them cheaply. I live in Canada (meaning: it would have to be local or a vendor that ships to Canada).
posted by angelaas525 on Apr 21, 2010 - 3 answers

I can haz cheap coat?

I'm a man who's decided to buy a new wool coat, and I've got six months to do it. Where can I find the largest variety of single-breasted black wool coats and when during the year will I get the best prices? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Apr 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me find the Deal Breaker video

Please help me find the hilarious video called "The Deal Breaker". Searching google and youtube has failed me. This video made the rounds several years ago, and featured a woman with little clips about all the deal breakers she had experienced in past relationships and how great her current relationship is. It ends with her in the bathtub, and her current boyfriend taking a very loud dump, not using the toilet paper, and then stepping in to join her in the tub...
posted by maelanchai on Feb 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Save on a Prius!

So i am in the market to buy a new Prius and I heard someone once say that buying a car online can save you a lot of money. Has anyone done this with a Prius? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jul 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Where to buy tires in DFW?

DFWTirePurchaseFilter: I have to buy to sets of tires for my cars, one mazda 3 and a chevy tahoe. Where are the best deals right now in the DFW area?
posted by flipmiester99 on Jul 1, 2009 - 6 answers

dolla dolla bill y'all

What's actually worth it to buy from a dollar store? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 30, 2009 - 66 answers

Getting a deal for wireless phone/data service?

Is there a good way to get a reduced rate from Verizon on data and voice service on a wireless phone like a Blackberry for my husband? I've heard people get deals on wireless phone service by threatening to switch providers, and wondered if that or signing up for a long term plan could get me a deal. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Dec 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Where/When to buy a new Xbox?

DealFilter: When should I buy my new XBOX-360? Now or after the Holidays? Also, where will I get the best deal. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Retails sales are down, so where are the bargains?

If retailers are being hit hard with a recession, then why am I not finding bargains? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 14, 2008 - 15 answers

Get me to Chapel Hill from NYC!

How to get to Chapel Hill from NYC? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 16, 2008 - 13 answers

Which satellite radio provider is offering the best deal?

Which satellite radio provider is offering the best deal? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Jun 23, 2008 - 7 answers

How do deal-a-day sites work?

How do deal-a-day sites work? Are they really 'deals', and where do they get all the loot? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Jun 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Searching for New CC

I've been able to reduce my debt and build great credit. I only have 1 credit card and they refuse to drop my rate, its pretty high and I they nickel and dime you for everything. Does anyone know of a website or a deal on a credit card that has a low rate, good reputation and free or low transfer rate?
posted by bleucube on Mar 5, 2008 - 8 answers

How should I deal with an uncomfortable"flash to the past?"

Any suggestions for snapping out of a rather too-absorbing trip down memory lane? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Fatwallet.com or craigslist-equivalents for Vienna, AT?

Are there deal sites like Fatwallet.com for Europe? (Vienna/Austria, specifically) How about populated sites for used stuff like craigslist (I know there's a craigslist vienna, but its not very populated)?
posted by sdis on Jun 6, 2007 - 2 answers

An exercise in bargain hunting.

Best deal at a 24-Hour Fitness center? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Feb 6, 2007 - 8 answers

Too good to be true

How am I being scammed? Nepali gem business deal, sounds kinda shady, help me find out where they intend to make their money. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jan 30, 2007 - 6 answers

What is a reasonable offer for a new car?

What is a reasonable offer for a new car? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 25, 2006 - 37 answers

How to I pull off the sales event of the year?

How do I pull off the sales event of the year? I have been put in charge of my company’s fiscal year end sale/open house. The purpose of this event is to generate sales (both immediate and future). We sell specialized machinery to hobbyists and professionals. This will be an opportunity for our local customers to come and see our show room and get great end of the year deals. This will also be marketed to our national customers. They will be able to call in and get the same deal as someone attending our event. We have the opportunity to market to several types: people in our database that have purchased a tool from us in the past, people in our database that have a deposit on a machine, people in our database that have expressed interest in our machinery in the recent and far past. I have several questions that hopefully this knowledgeable group can answer. [more inside]
posted by ieatwords on Feb 3, 2006 - 6 answers

where can I find cheap t-shirts?

where can I find a great deal on bulk t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by psychobum on Jan 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Vegas shows cheap?

I'm going to vegas for a week (for a conference) on thurs. I really want to go to one of the high end shows, like O. I'm going to the show by myself - I'd like to know where to get a last minute ticket as cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Apr 13, 2005 - 5 answers

Vacation deal for one?

Hi folks, I love to travel but unfortunately all the vacation deals (hotel and airfare) seem to be based on traveling for 2. Are there any special sites or methods I should look into that don't rely on traveling with someone else? I have no problem traveling alone and am open to going to almost anywhere (provided the price is right.) Please stop punishing me for being single.
posted by derekislost on Apr 4, 2005 - 4 answers

help me find a laptop

So, I've come to the decision that I need a laptop, and I need to get it sometime within the next month. It's not quite as simple as all that, though, because I'm trying to find a good deal... [more inside] [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Nov 22, 2004 - 19 answers

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