dealsmy book essential 3tb drive for $134.99 + free…

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Around two weeks to deliver... Even woot shipping is faster than that!

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If you need a large HD, but aren't concerned about when it might arrive, this is a great deal. Yes, HDs are slowly coming back down in price, but even if you want to gut this thing for just the drive, it's a good price.

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Wow, this is dirt cheap...

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Not only was it a great deal to begin with, but the $15 coupon code really works. And yes, there is Free Shipping. The only problem is that we New Yorkers have to pay $11 in tax. And it's already on Back Order. With my luck, they'll never get any back in stock and the order will be cancelled.

That is possibly the best deal I have ever seen on an eternal hard drive. Your post arrived just in time since I was about to order either this or one of the other deals above. I'm so desperate for space right now (main drive is down to 30 megs!) that I would have bought it even if it was USB2.0 -- which would been a horrible experience since I've been using eSATA for several years. I only wish that this drive also has eSATA since neither my desktop or notebook has USB 3.0. Will upgrade the desktop but the notebook is stuck with USB 2.0, unfortunately.

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@lparsons42: Well, you can't really blame them since it's on Back Order. I'm pretty sure delivery would be faster if it was in stock. I'm actually thankful that they chose to put it on back Order rather than just give it an OUT OF STOCK status. I just hope that the Back Order is real. About 50% of my Back Ordered items from other sites resulted in cancellations because the item was no longer available. And don't forget that s/h is FREE, so give them some slack about the 2 week arrrival time.

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@pzelaskowski: Quill is a very reputable company and a major seller of office supplies. My guess is that the majority of its customers are businesses.

Quill is, in fact, a part of business law. In a landmark case, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992), the Supreme Court ruled that a state cannot force a company to pay tax when it has no physical presence in that state. The tax weasels in North Dakota argued that since some North Dakotans were using Quill software, there was a business presence in the state, so they were entitled to taxes. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Quill.

The current debate on the so-called Amazon Tax will in part be based on the Quill case. The question is whether New York can force Amazon (and Woot) to collect sales tax for them even though neither Amazon nor Woot has a physical presence in New York. Essentially, NY claims that they can make Amazon their unpaid tax collector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quill_Corp._v._North_Dakota

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@sdc100: I'm looking to add some space as well. BTW - best deal was before the flooding - 3TB Western Digital for $89, free shipping from Staples. I should have picked up a few extra.

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I cant even enter my information into their system :)

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I can not figure out why it is so much easier to find these external drives for cheaper than the bare (internal) drives.

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glad this is useful for some. :)

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@first2summit: Damn, now you've made me feel bad about jumping on this deal... Just kidding. I wish I had known about the Staples deal since I have three Staples stores within walking distance. And I happen to have a few empty external HD enclosures. Oh well. I stopped looking at Staples ads after I became addicted to the store. I found myself buying from them weekly because of the bargains. My last purchase were Memorex DVDs at $6.99 for 100. Bought 7 packs. I guess I'll have to start reading their ads again!

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@mikeami: External drives are often refurbished, and/or are slower (running at 5400 rpm rather than 7200rpm). The may also have a shorter Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating, meaning that they won't last as long. That's because external drives are generally meant for intermittent use, i.e. backups, transporting files and periodic media access. They're not meant to be on 24/7 as many internal drives are, i.e. you can't turn off the internal primary drive in a running computer (GreenDrives that do go to sleep are VERY annoying as a primary drives. Many external drives are GreenDrives). External hard drives are also not meant to be on a network for continuous operation.

That said, I break all those rules and have two refurbished external hard drives running 24/7 attached to my laptop, which is also turned on 24/7. One drive is attached to eSATA while the other is on USB2.0. Yeah, I know ... I'm asking for trouble!

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I bought this last night. Today I was emailed a receipt from this company for the amount BEFORE the coupon. I checked my bank account and saw the same total of $158.99. I called and the woman on the phone told me that the coupon was invalid because of some other discount that was already part of the deal and refused to honor it. Although it's still a good deal I canceled the order based on principal.

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Site now says $299.00 and "sold out". pout

I snoozed and I losed...