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December 7, 2008

Nintendo Wii flood at on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

The Nintendo Wii game console is hard to find again this holiday shopping season but Wal-Mart is promising to unleash a flood of them at their online store at this coming Monday, December 8, 2008:

Nintendo Co Ltd’s Wii has emerged as one of the few hot products this holiday season, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc will offer "tens of thousands" of the hard-to-get video game consoles on its website starting on Monday. said it will offer the Nintendo Wii console for $249.24, and a "value bundle," which includes the console and other items like an extra set of controllers, for $329, while supplies last.

As of Friday night, the Wii console was sold out on, and listed the sold-out Wii for $249.99. also said that it will offer, beginning on Monday, certain Wii video games at a price of two for $30, and certain accessories, like the Nintendo Wii Racing Wheel, starting under $10.

It may be rather tough on the Web site, but if you need a Wii head on over to tomorrow and try to get through.

Posted at 9:45 am. Filed under Companies, Nintendo, Video Games, Wal-Mart, Wii

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June 2, 2008

Walmart offers free Web classified ads

You probably know that Walmart has a large Web sales operation at (“Shop and Save at“), but did you know that Walmart is now offering free Web classified ads like Craigslist? is beta testing a classifieds service, powered by Oodle that allows the site’s shoppers to post free classifieds on all kinds of stuff: cars, RVs, apartments, etc. A spokesperson told Reuters that the idea is to offer its shoppers more items through its website that aren’t available in stores.

Plus displaying and other ads, of course. Still, I don’t really mind some competition for Craigslist although I wonder if Oodle is up to dealing with the spammers that Craigslist has been fighting with.

Posted at 9:14 pm. Filed under Bargains, Companies, Craigslist, Oodle, Spam, Wal-Mart

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January 18, 2008

The $185 PC has arrived

Tim Conneally at BetaNews alerts us to the latest entry in the lowest priced PC competition – offers the cheapest desktop PC at $185:

Another low-end PC hit the market today, this time it is a machine by Mirus equipped with Freespire 2.0, available at Sears’ online shop for $185.

The Mirus desktop system is equipped with an Intel Celeron D 420-1.6Ghz, 1GB of RAM, 80GB HDD, CDRW optical drive, and Freespire 2.0.

This system retails for $284.99, but comes with a promotional Mail-in $100 rebate, making it less expensive than the cheapest Wal-Mart PC, the $199, gOS-equipped Everex TC2502.

No monitor included, but the Mirus system comes with speakers, keyboard, mouse, 56K modem, ethernet, and a 15-in-1 memory card reader. It also comes with a beta of the Client, a free Linux software delivery service for one click software updates.

The Mirus system has 512MB more RAM than the Everex so it is likely a better deal until the rebate program ends.  For the technically inclined they are both bargains, but I doubt that either will be big hits with the average consumer because of the Linux fear factor.

Posted at 12:42 am. Filed under Bargains, Companies, Desktop PC, Everex, Linux, Mirus, Operating Systems, Sears, Wal-Mart

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