dealsfry's electronics: "day after christmas" 1-day…

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The mechanical keyboard is actually a great deal.
I can't vouch for the keyboard itself, but cherry red switch is great.

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I rarely look at Fry's ads, and now I have a reason. We just bought a couple of those LG 23" monitors for $149/ea. at Fry's. Now they're $19 more and it's a "SALE!"??? Lies, Damn Lies... and ADVERTISING! sheesh!

In addition to which, every one of those "great prices" is only discounted at all if I jump through every hoop absolutely perfectly and give away my personal info. Mail In Rebates are horrible scams. They make it almost too hard to even satisfy the requirements, so most people end up blowing it off. I read somewhere that a huge majority of buyers don't get the promised rebates, and from my personal experience I believe it.

Here's an interesting study: http://news.ufl.edu/2004/06/15/rebates/

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I'll agree with the mail-in rebates except for Menard's, which are very well-handled.

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The Corsair keyboard is a good keyboard with the following caveat. It isn't fully mechanical. The F Keys and a bunch of the others are rubber dome keys. Only the letter keys and the numpad keys are the Cherry switches.

Here's a review..

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/peripherals/2011/12/18/corsair-k60-vengeance-review/1

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Thanks! They've got exactly the card I've been after at 10 bones less than I've seen it, and I can pick it up in store!

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Fry's is a great place for good electronics and such. If you haven't been before, then a couple caveats: Fry's often gets closeout merchandise, no-name brands, and refurbs. It's cheap, but you get what you pay for. Be prepared to return anything you buy there, though I've never had a problem with their returns department. Check for the returned merchandise sticker, not only on whatever item you're getting, but the other boxes as well - if there's more than a couple of those stickers, you may want to pick another product.

By way of example, a camera I got cheap turned out to have a bug: plug the USB cable into a computer running XP and a SIS motheroard, and it would blackscreen the computer instantly. A DVD drive was region-locked on purchase, to 'no region'.

That being said, Fry's is GREAT, and I've never had a problem with the occasional dud.

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If you go to Fry's knowing that they're name is actually an acronym for (F)requently (R)eturning (Y)our (S)#@!, then they can be a good deal.

Even though there's one nearby, unless an item on sale is significantly less than what Newegg or Amazon is selling it at, I still wouldn't bother.

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@ckeilah , I don't have a preference for or against Fry's but I did purchase software from them recently that had two Fry's mail-in-rebates connected to it that resulted in the $50 product being free for me. The rebate forms were easy to download and fill out (just two pages) and did not require unreasonable amounts of information. I recently received an email that had a tracking numbers for my rebates so I can monitor the process online. My rebates have been accepted and are in final processing, I'm just waiting for it to arrive. Painless.

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Other than the $20 printer and near-cheap software, I didn't see anything spectacular. A shame, since I'm actually not far from a Fry's today while visiting family. Never had a problem w/ Fry's products or service myself.

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@hwoot1, I'm glad to hear that you don't have troubles with MIRs. Obviously, well over 50% of buyers do, and I am among them. I could regale you for hours with horror stories covering the gamut from just too much of PITA, to inability of the vendor to calculate, to "lost in the mail", to outright fraud on their part. I will only buy "instant rebate" from now on. I call (edited: profanity) on "the check is in the mail" sucker-lures, as I've personally been burned too many times.

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All of the above being completely true, I so still shop at Fry's. It's like a toy store for grownups! :-)

I agree with narfcake: the returned-items stickers litter the shelves, and I have had to return MANY items over the years. At one point I was banned from returns at Fry's because I was shopping there so much that my returns were insanely high too. I quit shopping at Fry's for a few years, but they seem to have finally lifted the ban, as I have since shopped there and returned a few things. If you buy a lot, you WILL have to return some of it.

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@blakwing: Thanks for the info on the keyboard! I've been searching for a decent keyboard for years, ever since the ONE great typing keyboard that I've found in decades stopped working. I actually was at Fry's and picked up the Vegeance for $79.99+tax. As is typical with Fry's ads, it was regularly, everyday priced at $79.99, not the purported $30 savings! It does seem to have decent action, but it's still not the light, definite click, short throw, action that speed typists yearn for. That Holy Grail seems to have died back in the mid 1990s. :-(

FYI, the way you phrased it plus the photo, creates a misleading impression - ALL of the letter and number keys, the ones that matter most of the time for speed typing, are Cherry MX, i.e. the quality mechanical switch keys. The photo is misleading, as some of the keys have RED keytops, and that might lead one to think that only those are Cherry MX Red. I'm not sure if the "Cherry MX Red" designates something other than Cherry MX.

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One very odd thing about this keyboard... it has TWO USB connectors, that the instructions indicate must be connected. Fortunately, it appears to be working just fine with only one of them hooked up... I guess we'll see what happens over time. It's WAY better than typing on crApple's chicklets! yay! Alas, there is no command key. That could be a deal killer.... :-/