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November 8, 2011

Online vs. Brick and Mortar: Who has the Best Deals?

Filed under: Deals,HDMI,Holiday,PC to AV,Wireless HTPC Keyboard — admin @ 9:00 am

As we near the holiday shopping season, retailers will soon start rolling out the deals in an effort to entice shoppers to spend their hard-earned dollars. With the emergence of the Internet, and the 24-hour shopping cycle it provides, we have much greater shopping flexibility than we did 10 years ago, but the questions remains: Where are the better deals, online or in the store? And where do people prefer to buy their technology?

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Well, if you trust The NPD Group analyst firm, their research shows that when it comes to tech purchases:

“56 percent of people read up on new TVs at retail websites, but only 19 percent follow through with an online purchase – the lowest number for all included CE. Online smartphone shoppers weren’t too far off though, with 23 percent balking at the concept of purchasing a new phone online. Meanwhile, 52 percent of those buyers had looked up deals and other information on the web.”

So, based on this research, it looks like shoppers rely more heavily on the web for researching their prospective purchases than actually making them. Fair enough, but what if you want to compare prices and get the best deal on a wireless HTCP keyboard or computer to TV streaming kit? What’s the best way to determine the best value available?

For this task, the web has a clear advantage over brick and mortar stores since there are dedicated websites that can help you determine the best possible price for the exact product you need. Short of calling every Best Buy or Walmart in your area and asking for the best prices on a given product, the web is a far more efficient tool for determining value. One site that provides a robust price comparison platform is Pricewatch.com, which provides listings of the best online deals for many computer peripherals and products from tablets and printers to HDMI cables, adapters and motherboards.

Of course, you can always buy direct from the manufacturer by visiting sites like our own Shop.IOGEAR.com, but it’s really just a matter of convenience and how much research you’re willing to put into it.

The bottom line is, the holidays often bring out all sorts of deals. Cyber Monday, Black Thursday, free shipping, cash back on store credit cards and more are all used to motivate us as shoppers. And while these can sometimes motivate an impulse purchase, the best buy is always a well-researched one.

Don’t forget to check out our Twitter deals feed, which we update twice weekly with great IOGEAR deals.



October 31, 2011

Enjoy Halloween with the Simpsons as they Celebrate their 23rd Season

Filed under: Holiday — admin @ 5:30 am

On Sunday, September 25 the Simpson’s started their 23rd season, which includes the 500th episode, which is sure to bring out some interesting cameos. Anyone who’s been alive for the past two decades has seen at least one episode, and more likely, a lot more, so it’s nearly impossible to pick out a favorite.

Fortunately, the staff at Wired, took it upon themselves to choose the Best. Simpsons Clips. Ever, compiling favorites such as the Monorail episode, the Carny episode and many other animated highlights we’ve all enjoyed.

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May 6, 2011

Quality Time is the Best Mother’s Day Gift

Filed under: Holiday — admin @ 10:14 am

Mom loved getting hand-made cards, macaroni art and birdhouses when you were a kid, but with age comes the responsibility to honor your Mother with something a bit more useful. This could mean something useful like a new pair of garden gloves or set of knives (yaaaaawn), or you could express your never-ending appreciation with something more unexpected.

mothers day gift Quality Time is the Best Mother’s Day Gift

Before we get carried away with gifting, let’s get a grip and remember that Mother’s Day is really about spending quality time with the woman who went through serious amounts of pain to push you out into the world. If you can’t make the time to sit down and visit, have a meal or at the very least give mom a call, you shouldn’t even bother with a gift. More than anything, Mom wants an expression of love, the gift is simply complimentary. So don’t forget the hug!

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April 26, 2011

Keep the Green Momentum Going

Filed under: Earth Day,Going Green,Solar Bluetooth Car Kit — admin @ 7:08 am

IOGEAR has a long standing commitment to going green, planting over 390,000 trees across America already, with intentions to plant even more! And to help boost the number of trees we will plant, we are asking for your help, in return you’ll be entered in a contest to win a $50 prize! From simply becoming our Fan on Facebook, to inviting your friends, to taking a photo of what you’re doing that’s green could make you a winner. More information on how to enter can be found here.

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April 21, 2011

50 Tips for Going Green to Celebrate Earth Day

Filed under: Earth Day,Going Green — admin @ 2:55 pm

Until a few years ago, the term Going Green didn’t mean much; today it’s a standard by which many of us try to live our lives. Going Green is not all or nothing, it simply involves the choices you make in how you live on a day-to-day basis, and you’ll be surprised at the impact it makes on the environment, and in many cases, your wallet too. Additionally, Going Green means bringing back traditions that your parents and their parents used to do, so if these tips below aren’t enough, ask them! The positive impact you can make on the environment by implementing even a few of these will be profound if everyone joins the cause.

Without further adieu, on to the tips:

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April 18, 2011

Go Green by Planting Trees for Free with IOGEAR!

Filed under: Contests,Earth Day — admin @ 12:57 pm

If you have been following our blog, you already know IOGEAR’s commitment to going green. So it’s no surprise that this year we are again looking for ways to make this earth a greener place.

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So far, we have planted almost 400,000 trees through our Road to a Million Trees initiative. This year, we ask you to join our Earth Day celebration with our “You Play, We Plant” sweepstakes!

In partnership with Trees for the Future, not only will we plant trees on your behalf for FREE, we will also be giving away a $50 gift card to use at www.shopIOGEAR.com!

There are three ways that you can get trees planted and gain entries into the sweepstakes:

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November 30, 2010

Could Cyber Monday Be Giving Way to Cyber Thursday?

Filed under: General,Holiday — admin @ 11:52 am

We have once again passed another Thanksgiving. As we slowly come out of our Tryptophan and pie-induced comas, it’s only natural to think, “what better way to work off those extra calories than to shop for some amazing deals”. As the first Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as Cyber Monday, we thought we’d take a closer look at this online shopping day. Specifically, what changes are we seeing this year from year’s past.

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November 24, 2010

Is Black Friday Dead Because of the Economy? Has Cyber Monday Taken Over?

Filed under: General,Holiday,iPad,iPhone — admin @ 12:28 pm

Because of the economy slowdown, we have been witness to Black Friday like deals all throughout the year. So will this Black Friday be anything special, or more of the same?

Judging by the resources we are making available in this blog post, the answer is yes! Black Friday will still be a day to catch savings that ordinarily you would not have access to … at least all at once.

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November 8, 2010

The holiday shopping season is upon us – is it too soon?

Filed under: Audio,AV,Holiday,Home Entertainment,Video,Wireless HD Kit — admin @ 8:00 am

This is the case every year, it seems: once Halloween comes to a close, the ads and articles start appearing everywhere in the media, online and on TV, hinting to us that it’s time to start thinking about what to buy our friends and loved ones for the holidays. While we may try to ignore the ads and claim it’s too soon, time tends to fly and getting a head start on shopping for the holidays, or at least thinking about what to buy, should be considered right about now.

Electronics are always on the forefront of the most-wanted gifts on wish lists nationwide, and with that comes the need to be aware of what the latest and greatest technologies are. Electronic House, one of IOGEAR’s most-favored publications, has just rolled out those products they consider to be the hottest commodities this holiday season with their annual holiday gift guide.

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May 29, 2010

All the Gadgets a Grad or Dad Needs

Filed under: Audio,AV,Holiday,Video,Wireless AV Kit — admin @ 4:57 pm

Father’s Day is June 20th and students are graduating from school in droves as summer fast approaches in the US. That means its time to consider what gifts to give that special someone, whether it’s a heroic father or a battle tested student warrior, you want to make sure your love and pride shines through. We have four cool products that we think will do the trick. Take a look and be sure give that special someone our highest regards. You will also want to check out our 20% off graduation and father’s day promotions.

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