Morning Deals

• Today’s Woot! is a Roomba with Convenience Pack for $149.99. There’s some HOWTO’s out there that give instructions on how to hack the little dirt devil and turn it into your love slave.

• Shield yourself from the prying eyes of the sun, probing fingers of rain, with a Burberry Women’s Umbrella in Dark Camel for $39.89. Its amazing how a tartan pattern so ubiquitous could still betoken a touch of class. UPDATE: The umbrella appears to be counterfeit, on the handle and bag it says, “Burberrys.” The extra S is left on for SAVINGS.

• Once again, Dell’s got a 24″ Widescreen LCD Monitor for $759. You know you’ve always wanted to run your spreadsheets at 165 cells across and with 1920×1200 resolution.

Highlights from Dealhack

Up to 50% off American Art House Movie DVDs From $6 at Amazon

Magellan eXplorist 200 GPS Navigator only $70 at TigerDirect.com

Save up to 85% off During Last Day of May Sale at Geeks.com

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  1. CatMoran says:

    Check out the amazon reviews for the umbrella — apparently, it’s a cheap fake.

  2. Learethak says:

    Frankly. I wouldn’t recommend deals from tiger direct either.

    A quick at their Reseller Ratings will tell why.
    http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1983.html

    My personal experience with them was a decade ago and involved bare-bones computer kit that arrived DOA (black electrical scortch mark on the motherboard) Tiger direct saw fit to charge me twice for shipping, something I expected get resolved when I called to handel the RMA. I called and sat on hold to speak to an account rep for 8 hours. Eventually I got a message that their office was closed and I was rolled over into voicemail. I left a voicemail,epressed my displeasure, the nature of the problem, and the fact I was 4 hours behind them timezone wise (Alaska) so they should call me at noon their tim so that we could set up the RMA.

    Phone rings at 4 AM, the customer support rep tells me to reset the CMOS. I explain it doesn’t even power on the is physically visible elctrical damage to the equipment. He brusquely responds that I need to follow their testing protocols or there will be no RMA. He refuses to wait while I attempt the reset and told me to call back. Fix is ineffective.

    I call, sit on hold for 12 hours, and eventually roll over to voicemail. A somewhat hostile voicemail follows, explaining the nature of timezones, unbeleiveably long hold times, and the failure of helpful technical support.

    Phone rings at 4 AM, again. The customer support rep tells me to reset the CMOS, again.

    Long tedious and wasteful troubleshooting steps are gone through (I’m a computer technician and had done all the steps they wanted previously.) RMA number issued, which is written on the package and the package is shipped back.

    Two days later a Fed-Ex driver attempts to redeliver the package to me, as Tiger Direct had refused delivery since there was no RMA number on the box.

    The driver looks at the large “RMA# XXXXX” written on the exterior of the box and agrees with me that said claim is bogus. I refuse shipment and the box goes back to them.

    Two day later… Same box. I refuse shipment again, contact my VISA agent explained the situation, who froze the transaction and took care of it. Subsequent calls from the VISA agent revealed that Tider Direct attempted to double bill me for shipping for every leg of the trip the defective box took, resulting in $2100 in shippping for a $300 bare-bones computer kit.

    Visa subsquently suspended their merchant account (which I presume they have since reactivated) and I have done no further business with Tiger Direct.

  3. Ben Popken says:

    Otis writes:

    “I don’t knwo why Amazon is selling a fake burberry, but it sure looks fake to me. “Burberrys” on the handle. There’s no S in Burberry. Looked like a great deal, but Amazon seems to be a little shady with it.”

  4. Devil’s advocate . . .

    Historically, Burberry of London was originally called Burberry’s of London, and until very recently, everything they produced was labeled Burberrys or Burberry’s, with or with the apostrophe. So the S does not necessarily mean that this umbrella is a fake. I have a vintage Burberry scarf, and the label reads Burberrys. I am inclined to give Amazon the benefit of the doubt and believe that they do not, as a matter of course, sell fakes, as doing so could get them in some unbelievably big trouble. It’s not a matter of ethics, it’s a matter of law.