The folks who pre-ordered SimCity got hosed. Since the game came out on March 5th, it's been plagued by server issues, caused by short-sighted always-online Origin DRM. Some folks couldn't log on to the play the game at all. But EA has added servers, and the game should be be working now — just in time for Amazon to drop the price to $40.
For a game that's less than a month old, it's unusual to see major price cuts. But on Amazon you can pick it up for $20 less than list price and you'll still get EA's free apology game, if you activate SimCity today. Sure, you'll still have to deal with Origin DRM and SimCity's online-only nature. But that's simply what you've got to do to play the first new SimCity in over a decade. If you didn't pre-order the game but you still intend to play it soon, you're looking pretty smart now, like you're the mayor of Dealzville. [Amazon]
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Pretty much the best price we've ever seen for the Nest Thermostat, which could save you a bunch on heating costs and is a cool gadget in its own right.
For $4.25 shipped, this poster is a great way to turn a boring dorm into an Stormtrooper recruiting station. [Amazon]
• Star Wars: Your Empire Needs You Poster ($4.25) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $10
• Corsair Carbide ATX Mid Tower Case ($50) | Tiger Direct via Edealinfo | Originally $70 | Use MIR on page
• Pogoplug Series 4 ($38) | Amazon via Edealinfo | Originally $80
Because Beats are headphones geared towards fashion and not audio fidelity, there's a certain set — teenagers — who won't accept any substitutes. If you're a Beats apologist or know someone who is, you should check out Best Buy's Studio Beats sale today. They're taking 10% off, making these $300 cans into $270 cans. Pick your color. Sure, they're still expensive and over-priced, but if you want Beats, you were going to overpay anyway. [Best Buy]
• Klipsch Image S4 ($35) | Newegg via Edealinfo | Originally $50 | Use coupon code EMCYTZT3156
• M-Audio KeyStudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard ($57) | Dealfisher via Reddit | Originally $95
• Klipsch G-17 Airplay Speaker ($200) | Woot via Dealzon | Originally $250
• Ugh Beats Sale ($270) | Best Buy via Dealzon | Originally $300
• NBA 2k13 [PC] ($10) | Amazon via Hard Forum | Originally $30
• FREE Peggle Deluxe [PC/Mac] | PopCap via Reddit | Code good for 5 activations.
• Sonic the Hedgehog 10-Game Bundle [Steam] ($21.50) | GreenManGaming via TechBargains | Normally $107.62 | Use coupon code "GMG20-FDSCL-AQQXD" for 20% off. Includes Sonic 1, 2, 3, Knuckles, CD, Adventure 1 DX + 2, Sonic 4 Ep. 1 + 2, All-Stars Racing.
• Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale [Cross-Buy] ($30) | Amazon via DealNews | $40+ elsewhere.
• Madden NFL 13 ($29.99) | Groupon via TechBargains | Normally $60
• Borderlands 2 ($29.99) | Rakuten via TechBargains | Normally $60
• Girls: The Complete First Season ($23) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $30
• Mad Men: Season 5 ($23) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $30
• Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection ($25) | Amazon via Nick Lott | Originally $35
• The Young Ones ($30) | Amazon via Nick Lott | Originally $40
Dumb TV → Smart TV
Well, March Madness is on CBS.
• 23" LG LED 1080p Monitor ($170) | Newegg via Monitoraholic | Originally $200
27" Acer 1080p Monitor ($200) | Newegg via Monitoraholic | Originally $300 | Use coupon code MTYLUSP39
• 55" Panasonic Viera 1080p 120Hz LED TV ($750) | Paul's TV via HDTVaholic | Originally $900 | Use coupon code SAVE100
• 65" Samsung 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV ($1500) | Tiger Direct via Techdealdigger | Originally $1800 | Use coupon code GVZ86425
• Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera Stabilizer ($20) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
• Sunpak Pistol Grip Tripod ($35) | B&H Photo via Ben's Bargains | Originally $70 | Won't ship until April 3rd because PASSOVER
• 30mm f/1.4 Sigma Lens for Nikon ($284) | Buydig.com via Edealinfo | Originally $350
• Pentax K-30 Body ($539) | Amazon via Cameraaholic | Originally $600
• Canon 60D ($600) | Adorama via Photography Bay | Originally $800
and it's on Google Play for Android too.
• Sworkit Pro ($0) | iTunes | Originally $5
• Sullivan's List ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $3
• jtpck ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1
• GardenMinder ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $5
• N.O.V.A 3 ($1) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $7
• Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II ($1) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $5
• Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP ($2) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $5
• DM1 Drum Machine ($3) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $7
• Audiobus ($5) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $10
• Plants vs. Zombies ($1) | Amazon Appstore via Appsaholic | Originally $3
• NBA Jam ($1) | Amazon Appstore via Appsaholic | Originally $5
• Metal Slug X ($2) | Google Play via Appsaholic | Originally $4
No freebies today.
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