Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Dollars and Sense

The Deal?
I got this notebook this Sunday 7/22/2007 from Staples (brick and mortar store). It was advertised in the Staples circular in the Sunday paper (also found in-store) for $480. But there are some specials:

  • $30 EasyRebate (Easy Rebates can be submitted online, no need to mail things in or cut UPC codes)
  • free HP Deskjet D1341 printer after Easy Rebate of $70, with combined purchase (purchase both together in the same receipt).
  • For the Easy Rebates, you need to enter the serial # of both the computer and printer on the website. But nothing to mail, no upc to cut.
  • You also get a $50 Dining Dough dining card with any purchase over $150. If you are not familiar with Dining Dough, check their website. You can search for restaurants by zip code. They mostly have local restaurants, not chains. This is not a straight up $50 gift card. You can use the card to purchase gift certificates at restaurants. But the gift certificates are usually of this variety: "$10 off when your dinner bill is over $25". This is not like a Visa gift card. It is more like
  • The deal expires at the end of day on Saturday. There is still time if they have them in-store.

    Extra Credit
    Now for those feeling more adventurous, there is a huge 70-page thread at FatWallet on this computer where you can get the effective price even lower, free even, or perhaps make a profit, through a series of rebates. The FatWallet idea is not for the faint of heart. Tons of rebates to submit and keep track of. Of course you don't have to do every rebate, you can pick and chose which rebates to submit. The easiest one to do is a combined purchase rebate from HP/Compaq worth $50. The rest of the rebates involve additional software purchases, combined with regular rebates, upgrader rebates and purchase with a computer rebates.

    More Pictures of the computer courtesy of Amazon:
  • A description of this computer can be found at Amazon

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