Just wanted to give some advice to those who might be looking for bargains this weekend.
I prefer checking put prices online before going to a large store like Best Buy or Circuit City. Sometimes I've ordered an item on the internet and picked it up at the store, but I still get the web-only special price.
Friday was a big shopping day, but I had to work. I honestly can't afford to shop right now, but there are some things I need for my office. I'm low on ink and haven't used color in months, so I got on CircuitCity.com and several discount sites and was facing over $50 for 2 cartridges for my Canon photojet printer. I noticed that Circuit City had an HP deskjet 3915 printer with a black and a color cartridge for $70 but had a special "check out price in cart" ad. It was $19.99! However, it said "only available in stores." I called the toll free number and cust serv said I would get that price at the store in Naples. So I printed out the page and went to Naples at 5:00. There were no printers displayed with this model number available. I asked a salesman if he would look in the back, and he found it. Yay! (I thought.) However, he rang it up at the regular price without the $50 discount. He said that was probably one of those 5 hour internet specials. Since they have lots of computers, I got on CircuitCity.com and showed him the ad. He got a manager who also told me that must be an internet-only sale, so I clicked on the price and pointed at "only available in stores." After all, why would I drive 18 miles in traffic if I could have purchased it online? (I had free shipping.) After she closely checked out the ad and realized I was not able to buy it online, she used her passcode to override the system and I was a happy camper. BTW, I don't think this is being cheap at all, just a good consumer.
So I just wanted to let everyone know that you can get a brand new printer for $19.99 if you can find one at your local Circuit City store. I wonder if the cartridges are full size, but even if they're not, it will be like paying $10 apiece, so it's still a bargain to me. Most people like the all-in-one printers, but this might make a nice gift for many people if they use a USB cable (which can cost as much as the printer, but I have one already) Also, if you buy a USB 2.0 cable for a printer or scanner, don't spend the $25 at the store. I made that mistake last year when I bought my laptop. I didn't realize my old style cables were obsolete and drove to the nearest OfficeMax, paying over $20 for just one. You can get a really good Belkin 6 ft cable for under $5 on Amazon or at discount stores. Check it out.