dealsbarnes & noble nook simple touch for $19.97

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This deal is stupid good if you have one at a store near you. I already have one I payed over $100 for back in the day. Its worth it just to have as a backup and for the battery. I bet a new battery costs more than $20...

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Try finding one. Out of stock online and at stores within 50 miles.

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couple stores in my area have them left

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Just a heads-up on the fine print: Prices advertised on this site are for online orders only. Prices on some items may differ from those advertised in RadioShack stores. All merchandise may not be available at all stores, and all stores may not participate in all sales promotions. We recommend you contact the store to confirm product availability and price.

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I found 2 stores within 50 miles of me. I sent my girlfriend in to further investigate. This would make a good Mother's Day gift for her mom or maybe save it for Christmas.

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website says they're in stock locally, but they're not really :-/

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Tried to find one. Online it said a store nearby had some in-stock but they were out. Either its not a live up to date counting (Highly Likely) or Employees snatched them up (Also Highly Likely, I use to work for microcenter and employees did that all the time).

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Yeah i just called one in the burbs of Chicago. Said in stock online, when i called and inquired about "an item i saw online" - he instantly blurted out the nook tablet, and said no one has it.

:(

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Well that's just a shame that no one is finding them in stock. I did get one, but that was much earlier in the day. Must have sold out rather quickly in most places.

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The guys in the shop told me that the inventory reported online is 24 hours behind.

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Best Buy refused to honor the price match because "the discount is too much"

GTFO thats why there is price matching!

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Two stores listed online, verified on the phone as a no-go.

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I had the same experience, stores which had stock according to the national website had none in stock when I called. Too bad, great deal.

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@kipshiller: I was thinking the same thing. I looked at best buy and target price match policy, as far as my knowledge goes they are the only ones that price match online. The catch is only online stores they designate and radio shack is conveniently missing from the list of online stores they price match.

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@mreal03:

yes i tried target too. They said they only match radioshack in a printed ad - which is the same as whats stated in their detailed price match policy.

I called a 2nd best buy (one i actually bought a PC from earlier today) and they said they only price match if the radioshack nearest them has the product. even tho they claim to match online!

(i woked at best buy up until 9/12 and know that they SHOULD price match based on their policies.)

but maybe they changed that when they changed their return policy to 15 days as of march 3rd, 2013

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It's the old bait and switch. My Radio Shack actually had one of these in stock (and I saw it on the shelf). But my friend called while I was in the store and was told they did not have any. (I heard the manager on the phone behind the counter.) I asked him how much the Nook Simple Touch was, and he said it was $79.99. He handed me the box, and it was the same one listed in this ad. No wonder Radio Shack is a failing business.

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Are you saying Radio Shack IS in business?

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BaitNSwitchShack?
Ponders what the in-store price will be. (Price may vary from online price)

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What an awesome deal NONE OF US will ever get. Its a sad commentary on the state of retail these days. I remember back when they WOULD price match to get your business...and allowing returns was always part of the game.

I worked retail for 8 years, that's long enough to know that if you don't let the customer feel that they are getting a deal, they'll just go elsewhere even if it means buying NOTHING.

Great comments everyone.

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This deal was posted on slickdeals yesterday and due to the SD effect, the peeps that found out about it yesterday went to all the stores and purchased as many as they could. Check out the SD forum, one person snagged 16.

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I used to work at the now defunct Circuit City, and I've heard many Radio Shack employees still use similar tricks. If a great sale like this comes out you put all your stock onto separate sales tickets when you open in the morning and save them in the computer so they show as out of stock. It keeps other stores in the chain from seeing you have them. Only sell to employees unless no one else wants them, then customers can have them but only if they show up in the store and specifically ask for it. And anyone who calls on the phone is told they are out of stock. Good way to go out of business, although this is only one of the many reasons Circuit City did.

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@marvelljones: I keep telling people to NEVER call and ask if an item is in stock. Go to the store, and if they have any, they must sell them to the customer.

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@thebopster: Yeah, "NEVER call" is pretty much the unofficial motto of Slickdeals.

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THis deal is possible.. I got four at one Best Buy. One at another Best Buy. Two at one Walmart, and One at another Walmart. Walmart was ridiculous, and took FOREVER. They were rude, too. Best Buy was super hospitable and quick! GREAT TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK GIFTS!!!

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@kipshiller: Yeah, I got the same response from my local store as well. I looked at the Best Buy website's Price Matching Guarantee and it advised that even if Best Buy would lose money on the deal, they would still honor it if the product was available locally. The guy at my local BB called several stores to see if they had any in stock, and it was all sold out. I think many BB employees are ignorant of the policy, however. I pointed it out to the associate because I had it pulled up on my phone. If it was still in stock locally, I would have gotten the discount.

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I would have submitted this as a deal (my first), but I can't find a url. I went to a nearby Radio Shack to get the Simple Touch and everyone in a 2-hour radius was out of them. HOWEVER, the (very nice) folks at this particular Radio Shack went in the back and stumbled across a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. I can't find this item listed online at Radio Shack, but they had it and it came up on the register for $29.97. I bought that baby right away! The item number is listed on my receipt as 4201011; that might be a RS catalog number of 42-1011 (just guessing). So try your local brick-n-mortar and you might get lucky on the model that has a built-in lighting system for an extra $10 on sale as perhaps some searching has been for the other item number.

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Was able to get these price matched at Best Buy in the Seattle area. Guess it just depends on where you're at.

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My friend was a manager at a Best Buy in Chicago and they do have some say whether or not to match an price and how many.

Basically the price match is for someone who will actually BUY the item at another store. If you are looking at an item on sale in a St Louis store and you're a manager at Best Buy in Chicago, you won't match it, because realistically no one is going to drive to St Louis to get the item.

And if the item is too deeply discounted. I know one Christmas a local competitor was selling an Xbox for 40% off while his Best Buy store was doing a good business selling Xboxes at the regular rate and he didn't match any of the prices, because he knew when that store sold out, he could still sell the Xboxes at the Best Buy for the regular price and he was right.