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December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday deals await online bargain hunters

JOHNSTOWN — If you spent your Friday in a turkey coma and missed out on the Black Friday onslaught, there are still some avenues down which you can stretch your hard-earned dollars. Cyber Monday deals started at midnight – and you don’t even have to put on pants to take advantage of them.

The term “Cyber Monday” was coined in 2005 by a National Retail Federation website, Shop.org, in an effort to divert some of the hype surrounding the post-Thanksgiving consumer holiday. Although almost anything can be purchased with a click online, tech deals, much like on Black Friday, are the star of the show.

You can head to CyberMonday.com, a deal aggregate site under the Shop.org wing, for a collection of participating retailers, but take a look at some of the most talked-about the deals below:

AT&T

• Get a free HTC One with a two-year contract.

• att.com/shop/wireless.html.

Normally $75 with the aforementioned contract and an online discount tacked on, this deal makes picking up the widely favored Android smartphone an even easier decision.

Motorola

• Get a Moto X for $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB).

• motorola.com/us/motorola-shop-all.html.

The Moto X comes in a variety of colors, but the most striking part of this deal is the variety of network contracts available. After purchase, the Moto X can be contracted to any of the four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Microsoft

• Get a 10-inch ASUS Transformer T100 tablet for $299.

• microsoftstore.com.

It’s being hailed as the Microsoft Surface killer. This ASUS rig is part-tablet, part-detachable tablet and comes with a 1.2 megapixel camera. The 11 hours of battery life, a total weight under three pounds and pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 means the Transformer is a perfect tool for school.

Amazon

• Get a Samsung 46-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $477.99.

• Get a Panasonic 47-inch or 55-inch 1080p 240Hz Smart 3D LED HDTV for 40 percent off.

• Get a Roku HD streaming media player for $39.99.

• Get a Dyson multi-floor compact canister vacuum cleaner for $179.

• Get 50 percent off select toys.

• amazon.com.

HDTVs are always the first deals to sell out on Black Friday. Amazon is giving shoppers another chance at a tried-and-true Samsung brand flat-screen as well as bringing the movie theater home in a 3-D TV with a very slick 240Hz refresh rate.

The Roku HD box is quickly becoming the streaming media center of choice. Amazon’s deal knocks $20 off, making it cheaper to bring its wide array of web-based content, including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Pandora Internet Radio into your living room.

Steam

• Get blockbuster PC games for less than $10 – deals are constantly changing.

• store.steampowered.com

It’s always a good time to shop on Steam, the digital game distribution giant slashes prices each season. For this year’s Autumn Sale, the deals are really rock-bottom. Recently, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim went for under $10 and RPG classic Fable and all its extra content sold for a little more than $2. The deals are always changing, so keep an eye out for your favorites.

Wal-Mart

• Get a LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Crayola Creativity Pack Bundle for $69.

• Get a Playstation 4 bundled with a Dualshock 4 controller and one game for $517

•  Get an Xbox One bundled with a choice of game or accessory for $559

• walmart.com/cybermonday

Walmart is offering slightly thrifty bundle deals on the latest generation of video game consoles – a good choice if accessories or high-demand games are out of stock and your gamer needs something to play on their shiny new system. Also, the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 is a $60 savings.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/

JustinDennis.

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