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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Black Friday Computer Deals (Dell eCoupons + eCoupon Promo + Discount = :)

So I've been hunting for a new PC/laptop and was wondering what a good deal would be. I'm the type to wait around a month to see if anything pops up and I must say that I am pretty happy with what I found.

My uses:

  • Watching HD videos (without lag)
  • Potential HD video editing
  • Light gaming
I already have a laptop, so portability was not a main factor and for now, the old school desktops has a much better bang for your buck in terms of specs.

Naturally, with Black Friday around the corner, one would think to wait for that but after seeing all the flyers, only the low end stuff was going on sale. I was set on either the Dell XPS 8700 beast below from Costco or the Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p laptop.

Costco Dell XPS Desktop Deal

This was on special for $1,229 ($400 off) and it actually sold out before the offer was over. The video card wasn't crazy but everything else on this seemed pretty nuts. I already have a monitor at home but not a freaking 27" one! I thought 24GB might be a little overkill but having an SSD seemed like a good idea.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p

For $749, you get a more than descent laptop. This also costs $480 less and I could buy a lot of tennis rackets or badly needed tennis shoes with that. 
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT755M
  • 8GB DDR3 memory (user-upgradeable to 16GB)
  • 1TB HDD
  • Up to 5 hours' battery life
  • 14" HD (1600x900) display

The Dell Advantage (Sweet Promotions)

I've never had a Dell computer before for personal use as my last desktop was built from parts and my laptop was from Toshiba. Since my Toshiba Core i3 laptop is giving me the blue screen of death every second day, I think it's a sign that it's time for an upgrade. 

I was about to settle on the Costco XPS 8700 deal that was similar to the one above (smaller monitor and no Office for $999) when I came upon Dell's pre-Black Friday deal.

The XPS 8700 was the same as the Costco one but with only 8GB of RAM and a 1 TB HD (no monitor) for $799. This was a decent deal as I thought I could add in an SSD later on and easily upgrade the RAM as well for cheaper in the future. 

The best part was that there was a $50 off coupon on the site but it didn't work at checkout so I had to web chat with a rep. The rep happily put in the code (weird how they have to make a separate account when you order from them, even if they can see your online account) and then I saw that the Dell website had a promo for eGift cards. For every $400 worth, get $75 free additonal eGift card. I stacked it all up:

$925 :Original (inflated?) Price
-$225 :Pre-Black Friday discount 
-$50 :Coupon for +$599 PC           
-$75 :eGift bonus of $75 

S&H was free and with tax it came out to $625.

So folks, this eGift promo is a great offer for buying anything at Dell, which includes their electronics stuff (XBOX ONE, PS4 etc..). Have fun shopping!

$75 bonus? Yes, please!

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