I don't know about you, but from where I sit it's like the steady steam of deals-deals-deals has become a torrent. Every day my inbox is logjammed with the jolly invitations—scratch that, the desperate come-ons—of the season. Don't I want to review this or that gewgaw or app or bag or fundraising project? Wouldn't my readers want to know about this deal or that bargain or those savings?
People are getting sensitive, too. One...person (no insults, now, Mike) lambasted me yesterday for daring to link to that box of Dave Bruback CDs. I would have laughed, except my eyes were rolling so hard. Right, like I make a fortune on linking to ultra-budget $14 CD reissues far from the topic of this website...in an era when people hardly ever buy CDs at all any more anyway. Venal, moneygrubbing Mike. That's it.
Anyway, knowing that I am inviting a rain of scorn on my head, here are a few bargains you might actually want to know about: the splendidly solid, or solidly splendid, Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens (not great wide open, but great from ƒ/2 on) for a nice-price $299, at Amazon; and the soon-to-be-late, not-so-popular Nikon 1"-sensor V1 with its 10–30mm lens for only $299 at B&H. That V1 kit is less than half the cost of its much-more-popular 1"-sensor main competitor, the Sony RX100. People evidently think the 1" sensor size is luxurious for an all-in-one digicam—accounting for the popularity of the Sony—but less than adequate for a more serious interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera—accounting for the unpopularity of the V1. But even for less than half the cost?
And for those who will jump on me saying that the slower Canon 50mm is even cheaper than the 50mm ƒ/1.4 on sale—yes, I know, but the ƒ/1.4 is a better lens.
Among B&H's many other deals, two that stand out for Mac fans are this Mac Mini (very popular as a music server, apropos Dave B.) with Applecare for $589, and this 13.3" MacBook Pro with retina display. I'll also link to this, just because I want one myself, even though the last documented case of a human on Planet Earth buying a tower computer happened back in 2009.
As for yesterday, here's the scoop (TMI? Maybe, but as I always say, quoting David Vestal, I'm in the disclosure business, so full steam ahead): I earned a tracked and documented total of $21.09 on the sale of Dave Brubeck CDs through my link yesterday.
If it makes anyone feel any better, I've donated the $21.09 to charity, so as not to be profiting from Dave's demise.
I'm sure it will come as a great satisfaction to my critic yesterday that TOP is having a bad Christmas season this year, and that I'm worried about it.
And yet, though this might come as a great shock to the cynics, I link to things primarily because I think people might be interested to know about them (my inbox be damned), not primarily to make a few bucks off them. Although that's necessary too. I thought a few people (19, as it turned out) might appreciate that Dave Brubeck box. When the same box set was on popmarket a few months ago, the price was so nice I bought three, and gave away two of them to friends.
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Speed: "Writing this on the tower computer I bought just three months ago. I'd look like a squinty-eyed and hunchbacked medieval scribe if I had to work all day on a laptop. Also, it's hard to fit three drives and a high performance video card into a laptop. On the other hand, schlepping it to Starbucks is not fun."
Bill Tyler: "I think you should stop making money from links on the same day that every one of your readers also renounce the horrendous practice of receiving income from their labors. It's truly reprehensible that your writing and publishing efforts should enable you to stay warm, dry, and fed. Since we all are forced, much against our will, to read your blog, and since we are all legally compelled to purchase whatever you link to, the idea of you actually benefitting from some third party in the way of referral fees is little short of criminal."
Bob Burnett: "Under the category of boxed sets via TOP, I very much enjoy the 'Lady Day: The Complete Columbia Golden Years' box you touted a few years back. Ten discs. Thirty dollars. I never would have known about it being such a flat- out value otherwise. All praise the mighty TOP music dept. and the 19 @ $1.11 each commissions. That's gotta get you about 1.5 Frescas per purchase in your pocket."