Pay Restaurant Tabs From The Comfort Of Your Table

Pay Restaurant Tabs From The Comfort Of Your Table

If you dislike handing your credit or debit card over to restaurant employees and letting them wander off with it for a while, you’re not alone, and that’s why some restaurants are experimenting with mobile pay-at-the-table technology.

Panasonic Solves Gadget Problem Sent Through Generic Email Address!

Panasonic Solves Gadget Problem Sent Through Generic Email Address!

Emailing a company about a product problem via their front-facing email address usually has about as much effect as wishing your way out of debt (just don’t tell the producers of The Secret). But Steve emailed Panasonic and instead of getting nothing or a generic response back, he actually ended up sending a series of emails back and forth with a product engineer who solved his consumer conundrum. Amazing! Here’s his story.

Morning Deals

  • Amazon: 3 months of Amazon Prime free with $100 worth of textbooks in cart (No actual purchase necessary)
  • Froobi: Refurbished SanDisk Sansa e270 6GB MP3 Media Player w/ FM/Voice Recorder for $55.95
  • Amazon: “Narrow Stairs” by Death Cab For Cutie, $5 DRM-free MP3 album

Highlights From Dealhack

  • REI: Summer Sale: Up to 40% or More off Apparel, Footwear, & Gear
  • Staples: Envision 22-inch Widescreen Dual Input LCD $200 Shipped
  • Design Within Reach: Save 15% off Upholstered Furniture & Free Shipping

Highlights From Bargainist

  • Headsets.com: Free Bluetooth headset if you get cited driving while on phone (a promotion that incentivizes breaking the law, um ok)
  • Yves Rocher: 50% off select beauty products
  • Busted Tees: After Christmas in July Sale: Select shirts $10

Best Buy Won't Match J&R's "Wholesale" Prices

The Best Buy in Secaucus, NJ refused to match J&R’s price for a Bluetooth headset, claiming that J&R was not covered by Best Buy’s price match guarantee. Best Buy employees first called J&R—a large New York electronics retailer—a wholesaler. A manager later insisted that J&R was a Mom & Pop store and refused to match the lower price. When reader Steven attempted to cut through the absurdity by calling corporate, he was told that the price match is provided at each store’s discretion. Read his full story, inside.

8 Bluetooth Headsets Reviewed

8 Bluetooth Headsets Reviewed

A professed non-early-adopter has reviewed 8 different Bluetooth headsets in a range of prices, scoring them on design, functionality, sound quality, and value. Her favorite from the group: the huge Plantronics Voyager 520, which sells for around $100. Coming in last was the $100 Samsung WEP410, which kept falling out of her ear.

Coming Soon To Paris, Bluetooth Ads For Mobile Phones

Coming Soon To Paris, Bluetooth Ads For Mobile Phones

Marketers in France are planning to beam location-specific ads to your phone via Bluetooth, the common short-range wireless transfer technology that’s now included in nearly every new cellphone, reports Reuters. Currently under consideration is just what sort of ad would be compelling enough to tempt consumers to opt in on such messages, since there’s no way advertisers can force you to accept Bluetooth communications.

Buy.com Sells Refurbished Bluetooth Headsets Listed As New

Buy.com Sells Refurbished Bluetooth Headsets Listed As New

Buy.com sold Chris two Jabra BT350 bluetooth headsets advertised as OEM, but one arrived with a broken charger and headset. When Chris contacted Jabra, as per Buy.com’s instructions, he was told that because the headset was refurbished, its warranty was void.

Kensington Sends Free Replacement Of Discontinued Trackball

Kensington Sends Free Replacement Of Discontinued Trackball

Kensington customer service is nice. George searched all up in the internet’s biznatch but could nay find another trackball just like the one he had.

Man Forces Best Buy To Sell Him $1999 PlasmaHDTV For $1499

By insisting on his consumer rights, Sandar got Best Buy to sell him a $1999 plasma HDTV for $1499.

Cingular Prude, Verizon — And Staff — Puts Out

Cingular Prude, Verizon — And Staff — Puts Out

Rick needed a replacement earbud gel on his Jabra Bluetooth headset. He’s a Cingular customer so he went into a Cingular store to buy one. They told him he would have to buy an entirely new headset.

Morning Deals Round Up

• Today’s Woot! is a pair of fancy-schmancy Bluetooth phones for $65, which integrate with your PC, PDA, or cellphone to do…things. Marvelous things, like unto a regular cell phone. In fact, why do you still have a landline?

Complaints: Verizon CSRs on Motorola V710

Complaints: Verizon CSRs on Motorola V710

Business as usual for Verizon Customer Service Representative #1: a customer writes in, frustrated but polite, with a cogent complaint. When shopping for their phone, they were misleaded and/or lied to about the phone’s functionality by a Verizon employee. While the customer does not demand a refund, they are looking for some sort of acknowledgment that they have been wronged and want to know what Verizon is going to do in the future to prevent their sales reps from selling products based upon misleading and dishonest claims.

Morning Deals Round-Up

• Pick up one of two Motorola Bluetooth headsets on the cheap: the HS805 for $25 or the MS815 for $30. Use the coupon code RAZRREWARDS for an additional 10% off. These should work fine with non-Motorola but Bluetooth-equipped phones.