Back when TigerDirect was offering $30 off and free shipping, I was able to score an Intel i3-4150 for $95 (before tax).
Ya, I know I complained that there wasn’t anything worth buying. Well, this actually worked out to be a good deal.
Anyway, the price was a few cents short of $125, so I had to add filler and ended up adding paper clips.
Well, I received the package today and they sent the paper clips separately in a large box.
Damn, that couldn’t have been cheap. Maybe going forward they could offer the deal when you spend $125 +/- $1.
TigerDirect.ca is often having weekly sales, whether it’s $15 off $100, $10 off $50 or like right now, $30 off $125.
Combined with the Free Shipping promo that they have right now, you would think that you could grab a pretty sweet deal.
Well maybe on some stuff, but not video cards (or CPUs or SSDs….). After the $30 discount, you might save $5 or $10 off of competitor prices, but that’s hardly very exciting.
I want to get something that is on sale. Something that is already a good price and then knock off $30, that’s customer appreciation!
I was thinking that the Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB GDDR5 video card that I purchased for my HTPC 3 years ago was getting a little old and that it was time to upgrade.
I was able to pick it up for $140 back then and it’s been a great card.
So what can you get for $140 today? Well, without mail-in-rebates, you are looking at something in the Radeon R7 260X range. Is that an upgrade? BARELY!.
In fact, looking at the numbers, the difference probably wouldn’t even be that noticeable.
With mail-in-rebates and sales, you can often find a R9 270/270X for that price, which is a bit of an upgrade, but considering my card is 3 years old, that’s kinda sad.
With Black Friday around the corner, I’m hoping to get a good deal on a R9 280/285/280X, which would be a definite improvement.