December 4, 2006

GiveGive now $100 off a TomTom - Rebate Form Here

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TomTom decided to juice up the holiday sales a bit more by continuing the GiveGive rebates, and doubling the amount in the process. The Rebate Form is valid for purchases between 11/22/06 and 1/3/07 for stores that didn't already give instant rebates.....now if you haven't sent your rebate form in, and you already bought your TomTom, you make out. What happens to those folks who already set in the $50 rebate form? Don't know yet.

What happens to those folks who bought and got and instant rebate of $50? Go back and look at the retailer’s price to see if you can get a price match for another $50 off.

Amazon already reflected the lower price on the line of TomTom devices; The TomTom ONE is now $399.

Nerds TomTom ONE for $290!
- A $390 list price at TheNerds just dropped to $290 after rebate for the TomTom ONE, They just posted the form and the discount.

TomTom Rebate Form - $100 back - Download file

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GPS Deals - The $9,999,999.99 GPS at Staples

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I guess the $149 deal wasn't generating enough profit, so they decided to make back all the Black Friday money that they lost on all products for all time in just one sale of this GPS..... I wonder if it includes free delivery? I'll pass; hey "That was Easy"

Thanks to reader RJ for sending this in.

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December 1, 2006

Steals and Deals on GPS Units - 12/1/06

Holiday Shopping is in full swing, and there is a lot of dynamic pricing going on. The other day Amazon had the Magellan 360 for $199, and a few hours later, bam it was $249.

How are you doing? Check out the deals below AND our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.

Staples & CompUSA Deals on the Mio C310x at about $200; I hear supplies are getting low..... Check out eBay for all those Black Friday Mio C310x units that are selling for about the same price. Reader Marcelo said that CompuUSA is selling them at $199; if they are out, ask for a raincheck.

"Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Even Amazon blows away a lot of Offline deals at ahhhh, places like BestBuy, and Target.


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Remember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - $50 off any TomTom GPS, through 12/3.

UPDATE: TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100. I don't have details yet, but check out their homepage (and wait through the animated banner). Also Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $399! - That's a price I like to see! Thanks John for sending in. See our Review of the TomTom ONE. Reader Barbara M sent this in: TomTom ONE for $340 after $50 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds. Could this drop further to $290 after the $100 rebate? I'll wait until I see a rebate form to confirm.


Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

Prices DOWN on Nuvi 660!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $490.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; WOW - a couple of weeks ago this was over $600.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $350 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • November 28, 2006

    Magellan RoadMate 360 - Was $199 Now $249

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    Update: Well, just got burned on this; 5 hours later it's $249. Just goes to show you that you need to know what you want, know what's a good price and jump on it when you see it. If not, they raise the prices on you pretty quickly.

    Thought I would bring this out as a lot of people have mentioned this deal to me in emails. The Magellan RoadMate 360, which was launched late last year, is on sale at Amazon for a deep discount of $199. Not a bad price overall. I will say that magellan has NAVTEQ maps which are currently better than TeleAtlas maps, but from the comments on the Amazon site, the reviews from the masses are mixed. Some thing that the navigation is solid, the screen is big and the interface is intuitive. The unit seems to suffer from not holding onto the GPS satellite signal and a few other issues. I can't guide you here, but thought I would mention it as it's a pretty popular deal right now.


    More at Amazon

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    November 27, 2006

    Inexpensive GPS Buying Options

    christmas_bow.jpg C310x for $200 or less. The other deals that I would recommend are simply low priced Garmin C-series products.

    mioc310xsm.jpgMio C310x – Many people went out to the stores on Black Friday and bought this for $149, but don’t worry, you can still pick this up at Comp USA for $199 now. Even at $199, this is still a great deal. It’s got some issues, but most people are happy, or even thrilled with its performance. The interface is good, not great but good, and offers a lot of nice navigation features. The Issue: Maps. There is ONLY US maps on the device, no Canadian maps as previously mentioned or discussed. The maps are also in need of updating. This sits on both Mio and TeleAtlas’ shoulders,but there should be an update to the maps in the next 6-9 months. See my post on TeleAtlas Maps and why I think that things are set to improve. These can be serious issues if they bug you, move on, if you can put up with it, enjoy the bargain. See info on the Mio C310x.

    GarminC320sm.jpgGarmin C320 + 1GB SD Card – This combination will cost around $300 and the device will be rock solid. The unit comes with North American (yes, Canada too), maps that you can download once onto the SD card and you now have a fully functional maps loaded GPS (Note: Get a 2GB card if you want both US and Canada on the device, as US will fit on 1GB card). The included NAVTEQ maps are more up to date than the TeleAtlas maps on the Mio. The interface is easier than the Mio, and I have no issues recommending this unit. Check out walmart.com and Amazon– Both are moving prices around a lot these days, so check both out.

    garminC330sm.jpgGarmin StreetPilot C330 – If you don’t want to deal with transferring maps yourself, buy this. It's a bit over $300. It will navigate right out of the box, and has all of North America pre-loaded.


    Skip the Garmin I-series – Don’t get me wrong, I think that the Garmin I-series is a good little navigator, but for a little bit more money, you can move up to the C-series and its touchscreen navigation on a 3.5 inch screen. The ability to use a touchscreen is a big difference that’s well worth the money.

    For more GPS Buying information see our
    Holiday GPS Buying Guide


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    November 26, 2006

    Hot GPS Shopping Deals - Sunday

    I don't plan on updating shopping lists on a daily basis, but there are a few deals that are around that I thought I would highlight for you folks. Thanks for all the emails and notes about various deals that are popping up. there are a few that I would be interested in and a few that I personally would not.

    For other deals: See my Steals and Deals Post from Friday

    Staples
    "Support Plus GPS $149.99" Model #GPS-3V106-IUS - I think that this is also known as Invion brand; not sure. I haven't heard of this one before nor have I used it. I think that it is easy to make a GPS but it's hard to make a good GPS. This may or may not be good, but I wouldn't risk it, unless you know someone you trust who has a good experience with it. I would move on.

    CompUSA
    Mio C310x - $199 - Good little flat GPS; lots of news on this thing at my site. Start with the Black Friday Deals post, and work from there. LOTS of people have written in with comments on pros and cons. Big thing is that it's a "good" little GPS from an up and coming maker of GPS units. I am pleased with it. It has a drawback that it uses maps that are older, and therefore can be out of date. The provider, Teleatlas, is making big strides in improving their maps. You get a free upgrade in the next 6-9 months when you register your Mio C310x. Still a great deal at this price. If it was at $299, I would consider the Garmin C320+1GB SD card, and if it was at $399, I would walk away and buy a Garmin C330 instead...

    See my other recommendations at Holiday GPS Buying Guide

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    November 24, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS Units - 11/24/06

    WOW; Black Friday and we're mopping up things here at the Lodge. What a party; we had TONS of people stopping by before they headed out to the stores. I got a lot of nice "Thank Yous" for all the reviews and articles. Glad we could help.

    How did you do? If things didn't work out, check out the deals below AND our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.

    The TomTom GiveGive program is still running - $50 off any TomTom GPS, now through 12/3. See our Review of the TomTom ONE. Reader Barbara M sent this in: TomTom ONE for $340 after GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

    Prices DOWN on Nuvi 660!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price easing to $759 today at Amazon, Very dynamic, but this is LOW ($749 is lowest); jump on them now before price goes back up. See our review - It's the best GPS I have used. Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and FAST same day shipping.

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $490.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; WOW - a couple of weeks ago this was over $600.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $350 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • Black Friday GPS Mop Up - The "Mio C310x Fest"

    OK, so lots of comments coming in about shopping trips. Keep them coming. They are mainly at

  • Original Black Friday Post,
  • Mio C310 Review
  • Compare the Mio C310 vs. the Mio C310x
  • Update: See our Review of the new Mio C310x GPS

    I bought a Mio C310x at Staples. I got there at about 5AM and was about 40th in line. The line in front of me got cut in half when they handed out tickets for the 3 laptops that they had at $330 or so. A lot of people who didn't get the laptop deal went home. There were 6 Mio C310x units for sale and they were gone in <5 minutes. This was not a "high volume" Staples so maybe there will be more at other stores.

    Didn't get what you wanted? Need some guidance on what GPS to buy? - Check out our Holiday GPS Buying Guide


    Highlights
    1) The Mio C310x has an AC adapter, at least the one I bought does.
    2) We have a comment in that the Mio C310x does NOT have the Canadian Maps on the DVD. That's a concern, as I have word from Mio that they would. I will ask my contact next week when they are back in the office, and get back to you folks.
    3) Many people used a combination of online and bricks and mortar stores to get their hands on a GPS. Staples seems to have been a favorite location, but I was emailing with a reader last night who went to CompUSA and did in fact get a price match there (despite the policy NOT to price match limited quantity items).
    4) Having trouble/got questions with the Mio- Toll Free Customer Service Hotline: 1-866-MIO-4-GPS
    5) The Mio site already appears slower from people hitting it. MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER YOU MIO C310x! I sometimes get lazy and skip this step. Don't! This is how they will let you know when you can get your map upgrade sometime in the next 6-9 months (per my call with Tech Support the other day). Register at Mio USA. (they seem to be having trouble with the registration database just now; cut them some slack and try later. I am sure the madhouse at the stores is translating into a madhouse at their place now.)
    6) The Garmin C340 which was on sale for $349 seems to have gotten a lot of attention. I reviewed it and it is a very good product. Usually sells for $400+.
    7) The TomTom ONE at Radio Shack for $399 was also popular. We have the TomTom Rebate Form for all TomTom's mentioned on it, but only good for purchases that didn't already have the $50 instant rebate or promo taken right at the register. Check the form to see if your store is one of these "excluded" stores that opted NOT to go the way of a mail in Rebate.

    Keep the comments and emails coming. I will update posts through the day.

    Didn't get what you wanted? Need some guidance on what GPS to buy? - Check out our Holiday GPS Buying Guide

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  • November 23, 2006

    Black Friday and Thanksgiving GPS Shopping Update

    Things are starting to firm on pricing and deals. I missed a few in my original post so here's an update of what's happening today and tomorrow. This is not a substitute for the Black Friday original post so go check it out for more links to information on these models and other deals.

    Circuit City
    One reader pointed out that Circuit City is selling the Mio C310x online at $200 - $50 Mail in Rebate.... sorry all gone. I tried already. I did pick up a C340 though for a great price.... They do have the Garmin SP C330 for ~$320 and the Garmin C340 for $349. So tomorrow they are offering the Garmin C340 at $349, and the Mio C310x for $200-$50 MIR.

    Best Buy
    Garmin Nuvi 350 - $499 (min 4 per store)
    Magellan RM 2000 - $279 (min 4 per store)

    Comp USA
    Mio C310X - $179 Tonight 9PM - Midnight (Midnight - 2Am in some places)
    3 not-so-great deals tomorrow
    Garmin C330 - $399 (Read: Garmin C330 Review or Compare the Garmin C-series line)
    TomTom ONE - $449
    Magellan 2000 - $399

    Radio Shack
    Nice little deal here, the TomTom ONE for $399 (most likely after the GiveGive $50 incentive). Still Best Price on this Unit I have seen. I've already said that this is the price point to move these fast.

    Staples
    Mio C310(x) - $149. They list it as the C310, but I have word from Mio that they are shipping the C310x to stores for Black Friday deals.
    TomTom ONE - $449

    Target - yes, Target has a GPS Special, not the best, but not bad.
    Magellan RoadMate 2000 - $299

    WalMart
    Garmin StreetPilot C330 - $328
    Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - $594 (online only)

    Tweeter

    Invion GPS4V106 - $179 (yea, never heard of them either)

    BJ's Club

    Nuvi 660 everyday - $749 (not a Black Friday deal, but it's a great price.)
    Magellan RoadMate 3000T - $349 with $100 coupon Remember free traffic kit for the 3000T when you buy before 1/31/07.

    Office Depot - poor deals on 2 models (skip these deals and find better prices online at amazon or GPSNow)
    Garmin Nuvi 350 - $699
    TomTom GO 510 - $549

    Finally - I'll put in a plug for the Shop from home contingent. amazon just dropped their prices on the Garmin Nuvi 350 to below $490. So keep checking there or at GPSNow for latest pricing.

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    November 22, 2006

    Price Drops all Around

    So today marks the first day of the TomTom GiveGive promotion. You can either get an instant $50 off, like at Amazon, on the TomTom ONE and others, or you can use a mail in rebate. We have the TomTom Rebate Form posted. Also, things are starting to bubble on the Garmin Nuvi 660 front, with Amazon dropping $20 overnight, down to $809. While GPSNow still beats them on price, this signals to me that Amazon isn't done playing with this price as then big shopping season is almost upon us.

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