Just when you thought it was safe to put away that credit card, the National Retail Federation presents its annual Cyber Monday event. If you decided to forgo the maddening crowds on Black Friday, you can still snap up some great deals today from the comfort of your cubicle, home office, or kitchen table.
The NRF’s event is meant to officially kick off the online shopping season, and an estimated 90 percent of leading online retailers plan on offering discounts or free shipping today. That includes some of the major retailers and players in tech.
I’ve scoured the Web looking for the best deals and have put together this handy list of the top, and freshest, deals being offered today. But before you check out the list below, you might want to check out our Cyber Monday shopping primer from last year. It has lots of handy advice that’s still relevant today. And don’t forget to check out PC World’s Holiday Gift Guide to discover the hottest tech products this season.Free PlayStation 3
Hold onto your hats, because Sony Style is giving away the 120GB PlayStation 3 for free with select Sony Bravia HDTVs. The best deal I found was the Sony Bravia Z 52-inch bundle for $1980, and the cheapest deal was the Sony Bravia W 46-inch TV with the PS3 for $1350. Both sets are LCD 1080p HDTVs.
Not to be outdone by its own Black Friday deals, Amazon is continuing its Lightning section for Cyber Monday. You can get Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for $30.00 for Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 until 11 a.m. ET. Another upcoming lightning deal to keep your eye on is a 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. The computer is scheduled to go on sale at 9 a.m. ET, and the price will be announced at that time.
Amazon is also offering a second generation (not the newest model) 8GB iPod Touch for $158.00, a Slingbox Pro HD SB300-100 for $230 and tons of low-priced CDs, DVDs and video games.
The big box store’s Cyber Monday deals include an Acer Aspire One laptop with a 15.6-inch screen, AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive.
Save between $10 and $35 on Apple’s iPod lineup. The best deal of the bunch is a current model 32GB iPod Touch for $270 — a $30 savings. Xbox 360 gamers can pick up Halo 3: ODST or Forza Motorsport 3 plus a 12-month Xbox Live subscription card for $73 — a $40 savings. You can also get a 46-inch Samsung LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $798 or a 58-inch Samsung 600Hz 1080p plasma for $1940.
Forget about Cyber Monday, Wal-Mart is kicking off its now annual Cyber Week with online sale prices valid until December 4 while supplies last. Wally World has a Nintendo Wii bundle for $249. You get the Nintendo Wii console with Wii Sports game, Dreamgear 3-in-1 player’s sport kit, one Wii Nunchuk Controller, one Wii remote wand from Nyko and one game from a list of 31 titles including Alien Syndrome, Resident Evil 4, LEGO Star Wars: Complete Saga.
You can also get a PlayStation 3 bundle for $369 including the console, two video games (inFamous and Batman Arkham Asylum), The Dark Knight on Blu-ray, Sony Blu-ray Remote, and an additional controller.
Another hot deal from the big box retailer is an 8GB iPod Nano (video camera model) bundle for $145 — Apple sells the device for $149. Wal-Mart’s package includes the iPod and an 11-in-1 accessory kit, which includes wall and car chargers, and various connector cables.
You can also get a 46-inch Sony Bravia 1080p LCD HDTV for $848 and a 12 mega-pixel Kodak EasyShare bundle for $89 including the camera, carrying case and 4GB SDHC card.
Fine Print Alert: Choose your Wii and iPod Nano bundles carefully, because the retailer offers you tempting options on the same page as your Bundle choices that will take you over budget.
If you’re itching to experiment with a build of Chromium OS (the early version operating system that will become Google Chrome OS) then grab Dell’s mini10v netbook running Windows XP for $279. Specs include a 10.1-inch screen, Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. While you’re waiting for the machine to be delivered, check out PC World’s Geek Tech for instructions on how to get the customized version of Chromium OS for the Dell Mini 10V.
Dell is also offering a Studio XPS 16 for $1099, and an Inspiron 15 for $449.
Make sure you check out TigerDirect’s top 100 Cyber Monday deals. Highlights include a refurbished TomTom XL330S GPS unit for $90, LG 47-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $849.99 and a refurbished Flip Ultra HD video camera with 120-minute video capture for $140.
Make a Run for the Borders
Borders.com is offering a Buy One, Get One 60 percent off sale on “all items” through Tuesday, December 1. The fine print says this offer does not include digital downloads, gift cards, eBooks, Rosetta Stone software, electronics, and shipping costs. Enter promotional code “BCM1219B” to get the deal.
Kodak is offering 50 percent off its digital picture book called Photo Books with the promotional code “SUPERBOOK” and 65 percent off personalized cards, called Photo Notecards, with the promo code “SUPERCARD.”
Parents can pick up an Asus Eee PC 1000 with 16GB solid-state drive and a one-year subscription to Parenting School Years magazine for $299.
Apple is discounting its selection of accessories for your Mac, iPod and iPhone through its online store and telesales line at 1-800-MY-APPLE.
Grab a PC from the Microsoft Store and get a free HP DeskJet D1660 printer and free shipping. You can also get a Windows 7 upgrade package for 50 percent off when you buy a PC, but it’s not clear if you can combine the two deals.
If a Sony Vaio laptop is on your list, you can get a free 16GB Zune HD with the purchase of a Sony VGN-NW250F/S.
There are tons of cheap shipping offers out there from online retailers, but here are a few highlights. Apple is offering free six-day shipping on all purchases under 100 pounds from Monday until December 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Best Buy is offering free shipping on purchases of $25 and up, and Sony has free ground shipping on all Sony Style orders.
Ian Paul, PC World
Found some other hot deals
LG-BD270 Blu-ray Player $98 — Newegg.com has the LG-BD270 BLu-ray player for just $98. This player doesn’t do BD-Live or playback Netflix content like some of its more expensive siblings, but it’s one of the best under $100 Blu (Blu)-ray players we’ve seen.
Samsung 32″ HDTV $400 — Amazon.com has the Samsung LN3A450 720p HDTV for just $400. With free shipping, this is a great bargain. The TV has 3 HDMI inputs and great picture quality. If you need an HDTV with a built-in tuner, check out the Samsung LN32B460, it’s the 2009 model of this TV but with a built-in tuner. It’s $484.99.
$250 Asus Eee PC — Best Buy has the Asus Eee 1005HAB Netbook for just $249.99. With free shipping, that’s one of the best deals going. The 10.1″ LED backlit netbook has pretty standard specs, 1 GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, but this netbook includes Wireless-N and comes with Windows XP Home SP 3.
Acer Aspire One Netbook $279.99 — If the Asus doesn’t strike your fancy, Buy.com has an Acer Aspire One Ultra Thin for $279.99. The specs are practically identical to the Asus, although Acer tends to be a bit more accessible if you want to do any kind of upgrades in the future.