Surprisingly good early savings on the Echo Show 5, the Echo Dot with Clock and refurbished Amazon devices.
Black Friday is no longer just a day, a weekend or even a full week. It’s pretty much all of November, as evidenced by Amazon’s just-launched Happy holidays page. It’s an overloaded, confusing mix of roughly 1,000 sale items, some of the daily deals, some of the “lightning deals” (which expire after a set number are sold or time runs out). At first glance, it seems like fairly standard Amazon fare, but there are some interesting — and decidedly good — deals in the mix. Below I’ve highlighted the best of them. See it at Amazon
As expected, some of the best discounts are on Amazon devices. But I found a few noteworthy non-Amazon deals as well, so let’s start with those:
23andMe Health + Ancestry Kit: $99 (save $100)
Got some saliva to spare? Send a little to 23andMe and receive back over 125 DNA-based reports on your health, wellness, ancestry and the like. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this kit, which normally runs $199.
Yep, it’s nowhere near Black Friday, and the Echo Show 5 is already selling for less than it was on Prime Day. The little smart-speaker with the 5.5-inch display makes a great bedside companion, but it could also pull kitchen duty for things like recipe videos and video calls. See at Amazon
The largest of the Echo Show products, this model features a 10-inch screen and Dolby-enhanced speakers. It normally runs $230 all by itself, but this bundle nets you a Philips Hue smart-bulb to kick-start (or expand) your smart-home setup. See at Amazon
Well, that didn’t take long. The Echo Dot with Clock, announced just last month, is already heavily discounted. It’s basically the third-gen smart speaker you know and love, but with an embedded LED display that can show the time, the outdoor temperature or a countdown timer.
Because Amazon’s Certified Refurbished products are literally good as new (including the warranty), I’m comparing this to a new Paperwhite, which sells for $130. And this is the latest model, which offers a flush-front design and waterproof casing. Black Friday proper will likely see it selling new for $90, but why not save an extra $10 if you’re not giving up anything except retail packaging?
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