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  • Woot: Refurbished Apple iPod 30GB Video for $129.99
  • Macy’s: J.A. Henckels Four Star 7-Piece Cutlery Set + $0 s&h w/$125
  • Amazon: Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset for $19.99

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  • Amazon: Denmark 60 Piece Prep, Cook and Serve Set $69.30 w/ Free Shipping
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  1. concordia says:

    Looks like the price on that Seagate drive has risen to $75.99 at Dell.

    Though that Motorola headset seems like a good price, the review on Amazon seems like it was written by a shill. Newegg only rates it a 3.

  2. schiff says:

    Avoid these bargain motorolla headsets. I purchased one from amazon 3 years ago. 6 months later I got a notice sent USPS which explained that amazon was the victim of counterfeit bt headsets, and a guide to determine if your was counterfeit. Mine was and amazon did nothing. It definitely explained why the quality was so bad.

    This is VERY COMMON with “OEM” and “GREAT DEAL” BT Headsets. I received two broken counterfeit headsets from Buy.com as well. My best advice is buy retail packaged and check for the common signs of counterfeit merchandise.

    If any wants to read about the Buy.com story you can find i… It should also be in the consumerist archives.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      @schiff: That is very common with Amazon, but where you wouldn’t expect it: bargain domestic textiles. Amazon will run “white sales” where the sheets, towels, and so forth are something like 80-90 percent off “list price” (which works out to something like 50-60 percent off regular retail).

      I got burned two different ways. I ordered a Laura Ashley flannel sheet set that came shrink-wrapped and pristinely folded. It was not first quality; it was not even “irregular,” it was actually a damaged reject (I could tell because there was a strip of masking tape next to the 2-inch-long tear and an arrow drawn pointing to the hole in ball-point pen). Since I really only wanted it to make flannel baby toys, I didn’t care about the hole, but if I had wanted to use it as sheets, I would have been pretty miffed.

      Then I ordered a name-brand comforter set with sheets, priced at less than the sheet set by itself, making sure it had good reviews. When it came it was cheap and nasty, much darker than the picture (ugly!) and obviously inferior quality. When I looked closely at the package, I noticed the label said “Made for Wal-Mart.” How did Amazon get Wal-Mart merchandise??

  3. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    I should mention that in the “Made for Wal-Mart” case above, it became clear in the comments that Amazon had some of the first-quality name-brand sets and some of the crappy Wal-Mart quality sets, and the good reviews were based on the good sets.