Google TV – Consumers Not Willing To Pay High Price

The folks at Google may have to rethink their pricing policy for their Google TV. Sony has cut pricing by $100 on their Blu-ray player which features Google TV, dropping the price to $299.But even with Black Friday discounts on most consumer products, the major retailers have held firm on the $299 price for the Google TV. According to one article it states that:

Previously the Logitech Revue, the Sony Blu-ray player Google TV and the Sony LCD Google TV were all at different price points. Now, the set-top versions are $299 with the LCD embedded versions still commanding a premium over the standard sort. In my experience the Sony version seems to be more friendly with different sort of video codecs, but the Logitech Revue uses a somewhat better looking interface skin. Of course they both come with different remotes with the Sony shipping with a PS3-type controller where a full-size keyboard comes the Revue.

There’s still a chance that this lower price won’t stick around. Most of Sony’s Blu-ray line is on sale in the spirit of Black Friday but none share the 25% cut and the $299 price just seems like a natural position for Sony to place the unit if sales aren’t meeting expectations.

Price cuts never speak well to a product’s success and so Google TV may be in some serious trouble here. I already stated along with almost every other reviewer that the feature set is half-baked, the units are overpriced, and now this lower price seems to say that consumers aren’t biting even though there’s a commercial for the Sony units nearly every 20 minutes during prime time TV. Sigh. If Google can’t disrupt big media, who can?

But is a price cut going to be enough? I don’t believe so. I think that it is going to take more than just a price cut to attract consumers. Consumers need to see a real value to using Google TV. There are many other devices on the market that cost 1/3 the price that can fill most consumer needs. Think Roku which starts at only $59.95. You don’t have all the bells and whistles but it works. :-)

What do you think? Is there a Google TV in your future?

Comments welcome.

Source – TechCrunch

Black Friday Aftermath

Black Friday morning I stood outside a Staples store waiting for it to open at 6:00 so I could purchase a few things on sale. Fry’s opened earlier, but I deliberately decided not to go there until after the opening rush. I had a list of a few things from the various stores that I wanted, but highest on the list was a $100 shredder on sale for $20. That is how low I have fallen!

Not many years ago, Black Friday was a real adventure with a sheaf of ads and a mapped out course. Several times I arrived home with over $600 worth of rebates to fill out. That might have been the peak of Black Friday sales because for the last few years, I have only noticed some good prices on a few high-end things and a spattering of other bargains.

Or it might be my own perception. After all, I now have at least one of anything you could ask for, and more flat screen televisions that is polite.

Still, there I was in the pre-dawn darkness standing in a cold line outside a store with a few hundred colleagues, who were not talking as much as they used to in the heady old days of bargain hunting camaraderie. Having this time more or less by myself, my mind wandered a bit. First off, I was uncomfortable because it was 36 degrees outside, and I pay good money to live in Southern California were that is not supposed to happen. Long gone are the days when my friends and I in Michigan would walk between classes in jeans, a shirt with light sweater, and wind breaker-and not feel particularly cold. I would think that my discomfort was due to many years of being spoiled by good weather, but later I saw a bulky young man walk out of the store with his goodies. He was wearing shorts and tee, and looked quite comfortable. No, I fear age is more responsible than weather.

So do you agree with me that the Black Friday luster has faded? The hoopla is still there, even greater, but the substance seems to have faded.

Still, I think it is a nice touch that the various store have adopted the civilized habit of passing out vouchers for the most highly desired items to people standing in line in the order they arrive. That avoids certain mayhem at the laptop and television counters. Another nice touch is the line monitor who makes sure the checkout goes smoothly. After standing in the cold for hours and then pushing through to get that special laptop, people get a little testy when they are in a 45 minute wait to check out and someone cuts in front.

What was your experience?

Black Friday Guide to Android Deals

Looking to give away an Android phone this holiday season to a special someone, or looking to simply find a great deal on one for yourself? Deals are all over the place on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this weekend. Great phones are going for cheap cheap cheap, so make sure to check out this list and find a phone that suits you! If you’re wondering which phones to buy, check out our roundup of great Android phones on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

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Bonus: Android App Black Friday Sales
Several popular apps are also going on sale on Black Friday, giving you a discount on their already low prices.
SwiftKey Keyboard – One of the most popular keyboard alternatives, SwiftKey, has a killer prediction engine that makes your typing faster by predicting the next word you’re going to type. It learns the more you use it, and can make your typing much, much faster. SwiftKey is on sale on the Android Market on Black Friday for only $2, which is 50% off. Don’t miss this deal!
There are also an assortment of apps to help you with your other Black Friday shopping, if you decide to brave the crowds and go out tomorrow. Christmas Shopper Pro and Black Friday App are an easy way to track and find deals close to you and find the cheapest deals on everything.

Best Buy Releases Its Black Friday Specials – HDTV Deals Available

I was wondering when Best Buy would release its Black Friday advertisement, since most of the other major retailers had previously released their sale brochures. So this morning I spotted the Best Buy ad and stopped to take a look. The first item I noticed was its Insignia [Best Buys in store brand], 42″ Plasma TV for $369.99.

The HDTV also comes with a 2 year warranty and has a refresh rate of 600MHz. The only downside is that the set is 720p, but for the price, seems like a very good deal.

Another HDTV deal was for a Panasonic Viera 50″ Plasma HDTV 1080p priced at $699.99. I also saw a Samsung 55″ LED on sale for $1499.99. How about a Toshiba Blu-ray player for $59.99?

You can take a look at additional sale items at the link below.

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Walmart Goes “Groupon” with CrowdSaver

With only weeks left until the holiday shopping season kicks off, Walmart has launched its version of social-driven group buying: CrowdSaver. Powered by Facebook, CrowdSaver is an application that will list a deal on Walmart’s fan page, however, it will only activate once enough people “like” the deal. Once the required fan threshold for the deal has been reached, the discounted price will be available for the product at

Walmart CrowdSaver takes on Groupon

This is the key difference between established group buying sites like Groupon and Tippr, and Walmart’s new CrowdSaver. While prices are set for Groupon coupons, the popularity of the coupon does not affect the price point. However, with CrowdSaver, you must share with and recruit your friends to “like” the deal to unlock the discounted price. For the price to drop, the deal must go viral via and within Facebook, bringing back Facebook users to Walmart’s fan page.

Walmart’s innovative combination of Facebook and group buying power has potential. Over one third of the U.S. population uses Facebook, which is built to share information and data. Group buying relies on the viral potential of social media for a deal’s success. Walmart has the potential for developing a huge fan and customer base by merging what has become viral coupons into an inherently viral platform.

Unfortunately, unlike Groupon and other group-buying sites, Walmart’s discounts are less than desirable. A 42″ Plasma TV was only unlocked for an 18% discount; most group-buying coupons range between 30-50% off, if not more. If anything, it looks like Walmart is only using CrowdSaver as an incentive to bring customers to its Web site without losing a penny of profit.

We will likely see the true potential for of CrowdSaver if and when Walmart unleashes larger discounts, such as during Black Friday. Or, when someone else takes the concept and hikes up the discount, first.

What do you think? Is CrowdSaver worth it?

Online Black Friday Holiday Spending Hits $595 Million In U.S. – What Did You Buy?

This Black Friday topped $595 Million in spending online here in the U.S. I did my part, not only online, but also by hitting some stores on Black Friday. My first trip was over to Lowe’s which were offering Black and Decker storage cabinets for half-price at $44 a piece. I picked up four units to help clean up the mess in the garage and I must say it is less cluttered. My son-in-law gave me hand in setting the units up and we were done rather quickly.

While at Lowe’s they were giving away 7 packs of 60 watt CFL lights. They were allowing customers to use a $10 off coupon which was inside the light packages for an immediate refund which made the lights free. Thanks Lowe’s!

Walmart had a wireless mouse on sale online and I ordered one of those for myself. Over a Newegg I found a sale on Wii games that I picked up online as well as a GPS unit for half-price for the car. I bought a Garmin unit with voice directions for $99 which seemed like a good deal.

Over at Amazon I picked up 3 more Wii games, a microscope set, gift cards and a few other misc. items for X-mas presents. All were on sale, except for the gift cards, and pricing was reduced. You have to love those sales. LOL

So what did you buy this Black Friday? Let us know.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.


Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 For $79.99 Until Midnight, November 30th, 2009!

There should be an image here!I got an email from my friend Rick Gardiner yesterday that I figured might be prudent to share with my fellow Gnomies who might be looking for some online Black Friday deals (for themselves or someone else):

Hi Chris,

Happy Turkey Day! Last minute I know (and sorry to email you on Thanksgiving), but we are selling Microsoft Office 2007 Home & Student for $79.95 (reg. $149.95). This program is running from 11/26 12:01 AM PT (Thanksgiving Day!) through 11/30 11:59 PM PT and will run until funds have run out.

Black Friday Deal: Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 for only $79.99 (Usually $149.95). Hurry, offer valid from 11/26/09 through 11/30/09! – Download Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 today, at a $70 savings!

Netbook Doorbusters – Are They Worth It?

I am not, nor will I ever be, among those who get up at the crack of dawn to go “shopping.” Nothing against those who do; it’s just not my bag personally. This being said, I will point out that there are deals to be had should you know where to look.

Take this HP netbook, which is priced normally at $550. On Black Friday (U.S. only), early birds will be able to feast their little beaks at Best Buy with this netbook priced at $197 while supplies last. As you can see from above, that is quite the price difference. Considering that — plus the specs, which aren’t too bad at all for a netbook — this might actually be a deal worth getting excited about.

So would you do it? Are you the type to participate in Black Friday deals? I am willing to bet that while many of you might not normally be, you live with folks that are. And I am also willing to bet if the deals were significant enough, you might very well get up early just to stand in line. But hey, feel free to hit the comments and set me straight.

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Roly-Poly MicroHoo Blackout

There should be an image here!Our friends at have been great to us over the past few years. They regularly offer coupons and specials to our community, and this weekend is no exception! They are giving all of you their best deal yet:

As a special Black Friday promotion, Go Daddy has given us a special promo code for $5 .com domain names. Use the code BLACKOUT starting at 12:01 am on Black Friday 2009 (11-27-2009) through 11:59 pm on Cyber Monday 2009 (11-30-2009) and get a .com domain name for just $5. Here’s the important part: this code will ONLY work for the first 250 people, so think of the perfect name now, and reserve it first thing on Black Friday! (some restrictions apply — see site for details)

How’s that for a Happy Thanksgiving!? If you’ve been putting off buying a domain name because you just don’t want to spend the money, now is your chance! Who can resist this bargain?

I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving today, and I also hope that you took the time to reflect upon what you are thankful for. From myself, my assistant Kat, editor Bob, and everyone in the Lockergnome family: thank you! If it weren’t for all of you, we couldn’t do what we do.

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
[email protected]

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Here’s my challenge to you: Come up with a whole new version of the standard Twelve Days of Christmas. The catch is, of course, that it has to be geek style! Only geeky gifts, gadgets, and gizmos are allowed for each of the days. Make sure the song makes sense, and rhymes at least somewhat. If you want me to sing it on stream some day, you need to make sure it sounds at least kind of coherent. If I receive one that is truly awesome, you never know where you might see or hear your creation!

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Check out the Walmart site for this upcoming Black Friday sales as well as online specials. For those who want to get up early Friday morning, Walmart has some very special deals. One deal I saw was for an HP All-In-One printer, copier and scanner for only $25.00. The other deal I saw was for a Magnavox Blu-ray player for only $78.00.

We all knew that Blu-ray disc players were going to drop in price this holiday. This just confirms our guess was correct.

Naturally these specials are limited to stock on hand and there are no rain checks.

Happy shopping everyone and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.

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Best Buy Ups The Ante For Black Friday With A $197 HP Laptop

Best Buy today announced the Black Friday sale of a HP laptop for $197. The company states that the laptop will feature a Celeron 900 processor, 2GB memory and a 160GB hard drive. On the Best Buy site they provided this additional information:

Offer available In Store only.
Minimum 5 per store. Limit 1 per customer. No rainchecks.

What’s Included

  • HP Laptop with Intel® Celeron® Processor
  • 6-cell lithium-ion battery
  • AC power adapter
  • Software: Microsoft Works; Cyberlink DVD Suite; Adobe Acrobat Reader and more
  • Owner’s manual

Product Features

  • Intel® Celeron® processor 900
    Features an 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.
  • 2GB DDR2 DIMM memory
    For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
    Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
  • 15.6″ high-definition widescreen display
    With BrightView technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
    Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
    Features up to 797MB total graphics memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. Altec Lansing audio.
  • 5-in-1 digital media reader
    Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
  • 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
    For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
  • Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
    Connect to the Internet without wires.
  • Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN
    With RJ-45 connector and 56 Kbps modem for flexible wired Web connectivity options.
  • Weighs 6.6 lbs. and measures just 1.7″ thin
    For portable power.
  • HP Imprint Piano Black finish
    With a silver keyboard surround for a stylish look.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
    Provides a stable computing platform.
  • Software package included
    With Microsoft Works, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 also included.
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There you have it.These won’t last long at this price.

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If you could choose any one geeky gift this holiday season, what would it be? Money is no object. Let’s just close our eyes, and pretend that someone out there has very deep pockets, and wants to buy us each the gift of our dreams. How do you narrow down your list? Do you know what you’d want? Is it possible to choose just one thing?

For me, I honestly couldn’t choose. There are a lot of geeky things I want. Many of them are expensive, which is why I don’t already own them! Even if I were rich, I still couldn’t afford to keep myself happy with all of the gadgets, gizmos, devices, and toys that are out there for sale. Places like ThinkGeek taunt me with all of the cool stuff they have. How could I ever decide?

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Every year, I try to pull together the best deals that I possibly can to pass along to you. This year is no exception. With the economy as tough as it is, everyone needs a helping hand — especially for the holidays. Some of the biggest software companies have come forward to offer all of you amazing discounts!

If a particular offer needs a coupon code, it is listed within the bolded offer title. If no coupon is needed, that is left out. Also, please pay close attention to each offer date, as each one has varied starting and ending dates and times.

Let us know if you hear of any deals we may have missed for software. Also, leave us a note and let us know if we were able to help you save a little money. It’s always good to hear that all of our hard work has paid off — for you!


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