As we've previously reported, Amazon has been contemplating raising the cost of its popular Prime shipping service by as much as $40. However, when we polled our readers, that news didn't go over so well. In a DealNews survey, 65% of respondents said that they would definitely not pay more for the service.
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That said, Amazon's latest move might have many of you warming up your fingers, getting ready to do some cancellation-clicking, because we've learned that the mega-retailer has just hiked the price of Prime in Europe. ( Continue… )
Sometimes a guy just wants a simple, sporty pair of shoes that won't let him down. We feel that, so today we're highlighting the best no muss, no fuss men's shoe deals of the week. Save $16 on a pair of Guess sneakers, score a pair of Reeboks for $20, or grab some Toms slip-ons at 40% off.
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Guess Men's Trippy3 Shoes
Price: $39.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $16
Is It Worth It?: Decidedly un-boring with their snake-print fabric and metal accents, the Guess Trippy3 sneakers in Black or White may seem like an odd choice for a list of casual shoes. But once you look past their flash, you'll see these high-tops have a ton of practical features like flexible soles, super-padded collars, and over-sized eyelets for easy lace-ups. Plus, you'll save $16 on these Editors' Choice sneakers. They're available in sizes 8 to 13, although not in all size/color combinations.
New Balance Men's MT610V2 Running Shoes
Price: $30.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $14
Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for a pair of trail-running shoes that won't weigh you down with a lot of unnecessary fluff, then you're looking for the New Balance MT610V2 in Grey/Orange. Featuring a breathable upper with synthetic overlays, this shoe is designed to take the punishment of off-road running without sacrificing flexibility. A $14 savings, these trainers come in medium, wide, and extra wide widths in sizes 7 to 15, although not in all size/width combos. ( Continue… )
The much-anticipated second season of House of Cards arrived last Friday and if you binge-watched the entire season in one weekend, your cable provider may want a word with you.
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Though many aren't aware, your ISP monitors data usage. Go over your cap and you may be throttled, billed extra, or have your account suspended. Comcast recently made a bid to merge with Time Warner Cable, and while the latter imposes no data caps on its customers, Comcast has in the past and continues to do so. It's still too early to predict whether or not Time Warner Cable customers will be slapped with data caps should the merger go through, but as more people turn to Netflix and Amazon as their main source of TV entertainment, it's a question we need to address now. ( Continue… )
Samsung is on the verge of unveiling its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. And while the latest Galaxy S5 rumors have us excited about the prospects of a larger screen, built-in iris scanner, and 2K resolution display, now is also the best time to think about getting a smartphone deal by cashing in your current phone.
In fact, if you want to maximize your earnings to help offset the cost of the new Galaxy S5, you should sell now. While people in the business of buying used electronics are certainly aware of the impending announcement, the resale value of a device will typically drop further once the next generation is made official. So if you sell now, and the new S5 is priced like previous models at $199.99 (with carrier subsidy), you could wind up paying close to nothing if you play your cards right.
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However, keep in mind that next week's announcement might not signal a time to buy just yet. Thus, selling now will only really work if you have a back up phone to use until the Galaxy S5 officially ships. Alternatively, some sites like Gazelle offer up to a 30-day holding period wherein you can secure a buying rate and continue using your old phone until your new one arrives.
Sell Now and Get Up to $200 for Your Dated Galaxy S III
If you have an out-of-contract 16GB Galaxy S III in White that's in close-to-mint condition, you could pocket up to $200 (after applicable fees), according to Glyde, a trade-in service that sells devices on your behalf; each carrier fetches a different rate, with AT&T boasting the highest value and Verizon the lowest at $160. By comparison, selling an AT&T-branded Galaxy S III on Amazon Trade-In nets you $125 in Amazon credits, whereas selling on Gazelle gets you $115. According to Glyde, even a Galaxy S2 could score you up to $90. ( Continue… )
If you've got a hard drive that's started clicking like an ornery chinchilla, then it's time to find a new storage solution before you face a full-on failure. Luckily for you, we've rounded up the weeks' best storage deals. Save $21 on a Samsung 750GB SSD, get a Western Digital 1TB portable HDD for the same price we saw on Black Friday, or score a Corsair 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $45. ( Continue… )
Scandinavia is one of the "coolest" travel regions at the moment, thanks to its unspoilt nature, welcoming people, and quirky perspective on accommodation. And while traveling at large can sometimes feel like you're walking along a typical tourist trail, Scandinavia allows travelers to channel an intrepid spirit, trekking through untouched natural surroundings and grappling with foreign culture — without requiring a sacrifice of creature comforts.
Thankfully, we've been seeing regular airfare sales of late that can get you there on the cheap. For example, right now Scandinavian airlines offers roundtrip flights (from $698, a low by $45; expires February 18) to most major Scandinavian cities on a regular basis, opening up this corner of Europe for adventuring! And, if you're interested in acting on that stellar sale, then you'll also want to take full advantage of the unusual accommodations that the region has to offer. Below we've picked a selection of dream hotels, ranging from primitive to awe-inspiring, to get you excited about a trip to the land of vikings, fjords, and ice hotels.
Ice Hotel, Sweden
The one thing that jumps to mind when we picture Scandinavia is (obviously) snow, because let's face it: it's not tropical. But rather than see this as a disadvantage, many Scandinavian destinations actually build their tourist industry around it.
The Ice Hotel in Sweden is one such place. Located just 125 miles above the Arctic Circle near a village with as many dogs as people (about 1,000 of each), this hotel is the world's first and largest hotel to be built out of snow and ice. The hotel runs from mid December to the end of April and includes hand-carved concept-art suites, complete with ice statues, fur blankets, and even en suite saunas.
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
This Norwegian boutique hotel aspires to bring you as close to nature as possible before you start to get bugs in your hair. Juvet is tucked into a forest glade, and the seven detached guest suites are suspended over the crytal-clear river to give the impression of standing inside a photograph. The rooms are deliberately minimalist with panoramic glass walls so that nothing distracts from the breathtaking view. From here you can easily explore the nearby glaciers and fjords in the area.
Sala Silvermine, Sweden
The Sala Silvermine offers travelers a unique opportunity: the chance to spend the night 500 feet underground in an old silver mine. The mine is thought to have been started in the middle ages, and it was a working silver mine from the sixteenth through the twentieth century.
An overnight stay in the Mine Suite will allow you to reach a level of detachment from jobs, kids, and the internet that most people can only dream of; your cell phones won't even work this deep down! In the morning, rouse your partner with a cheerful round of "Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go" (but not too loudly, as you don't want to wake any dormant orks) and explore the numerous tunnels around the suite before an underground breakfast and finally a trip back up to daylight. ( Continue… )
This week's tablet roundup includes only Editors' Choice tablet deals from all the major players, including the cheapest price we've seen for an iPad mini with Retina Display. We've also got deals on Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's ever-popular Nexus 7.
Is It Worth It?: Amazon Prime members in the market for a tablet would be remiss if they didn't consider the Kindle Fire HD. Not only is it faster than its predecessors, but the latest Kindle Fire HD also sports Amazon's latest OS. Even better, Prime members will get access to Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library. With only 8GB of storage, this tablet won't meet everyone's needs, but CNET says it "works perfectly as an e-reader with a few extra tablet features." ( Continue… )
While celebrating Valentine's Day like a total cheapskate may bring you a lot of heartache, we're still convinced you can save money on this holiday and have a fantastic time. With that in mind, we've rounded up the very best Valentine's Day freebies we could find. Surprise your loved one with a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, share a couple Starbucks lattes for the price of one, then snuggle up to watch a free romantic Disney movie.
12 Krispy Kreme Doughnut Valentines
Store: Krispy Kreme
Price: Free when you buy a dozen doughnuts
Expires: March 11
Is It Worth It?: Valentines are nice, but Krispy Kreme doughnut valentines are where it's at — each one is redeemable for a doughtnut of your choice. Right now, when you buy a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, you'll receive 12 doughnut valentines to give to all your sweethearts. This Editors' Choice BOGO offer is tied as the best deal we've seen for a dozen doughnuts in over a year.
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Starbucks Espresso or Tea Latte
Price: Free when you buy a latte
Expires: February 14
Is It Worth It?: Nothing goes better with BOGO doughnuts than BOGO coffee! On Valentine's Day from 2 pm to 5 pm local time, you and your schmoopie can head over to Starbucks and get two espresso or tea lattes for the price of one. This Editors' Choice beverage deal is the best BOGO offer we've seen from Starbucks since December. ( Continue… )
In a move that should make Amazon think twice about its rumored Prime price hike, Newegg announced it will begin testing a Prime-like delivery service. In addition to expedited shipping, the $49.99 annual cost of Newegg Premier will also offer perks like exclusive deals, free returns, and waived restocking fees. But is Newegg's cheaper service an instant win for the DIY tech crowd or are you better off keeping that 50 bucks in your pocket? ( Continue… )
The history of Valentine's Day is a little murky. One theory holds that it's inspired by Lupercalia, an ancient Roman fertility festival held on the Ides of February, or February 15. Another explanation suggests that it honors Valentinus, a Roman priest who defied an edict from Emperor Claudius II and married young lovers in secret.
Regardless of its origins, present-day Valentine's Day celebrations are all the rage, especially in the eyes of retailers. In fact, the National Retail Federation is predicting that Valentine's Day spending will top $17.3 billion this year. Though that figure is smaller than last year's, there are plenty of impressive Valentine's Day numbers to love.
Most Expensive Box of Chocolates: $1.5 Million
In a quest to locate the most expensive box of chocolates ever sold, we came across an array of decadence: chocolates infused with cigar smell (how romantic?) for about $300; chocolate wrapped in edible gold for roughly $1,600; and Serendipity 3's $25,000 Frrozen Haute Chocolate — a blend of 28 cocoas infused with 5 grams of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined, again, with edible gold. Still, nothing can top the $1.5 million "Le Chocolate Box" once offered by St. Louis-based Simons Jewelers. The "Le Chocolate Box" included necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets adorned with yellow and blue diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires with about a dozen gourmet chocolates. ( Continue… )