Jackpot! Amazon has a lot of stuff on sale all of the time. But rarely does it hit that sweet spot between "fun, cool gadget," "thing most people can afford" and "thing many people actually want to own." Well, a very nice turntable is on sale today folks, so get in while the getting is good.
I've never owned a new turntable, because they were always too expensive for my college-aged budget. Instead, I'd buy massive, bulky setups from the 70's that only half worked, hoping that a part that they stopped making 30 years ago wouldn't break.
No more, my friends. Today, Pioneer is taking $140 off their fully automatic, belt-driven PL-30-K model turntable. It comes with a built-in phono equalizer for connecting amps without a phono terminal and an adapter for EPs. Finally, get the shiny new turntable that doesn't weigh 40lbs and is missing a dust cover that your records deserve.
Though the novelty of tablet computers have long warn off on adults, they remain one of, if not the best child-distraction tools available on the market. Through the end of the day you can save $50 on a two pack of Amazon's specially calibrated 7″ Fire tablet for children. Among other things (check the details) it comes with both a free year of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service (that's 15,000 educational and non-educational games and TV shows), plus a no-questions-asked two year warranty for when your one tot somehow submerges it in a jar of jam and the other throws it out the window of a moving car because they lose at Angry Birds.
I don't know about you, but I'm already eating like shit (I've had pizza every day for the past week), and it's only downhill from here as we approaching Thanksgiving. You're going to want to spend every spare moment you can trying to salvage your waistline, and an activity tracker will help make sure you hit your goals.
The Garmin Vivosmart, $40 off through the end of the day, measures your VO2 Max to help track your aerobic fitness as well as your stress levels to track your exercise and recovery cycles. Even better, it is also able to measure your strength training, tracking your sets, reps and rest times, and will send your workout info to the Garmin Connect app so you can review.
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